The second International Judo Federation seminar on new rules for the sport, including the elimination of leg grabs, was hosted by USA Judo over the weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with nearly 30 coaches and 55 referees attending, including dozens from the United States.
A team of IJF experts and international referees were enlisted for a series of seminars being offered around the world. This first was in Malaga, Spain, held a week ago. From here, the team heads to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Joining Jose H. Rodriguez, USA Judo’s CEO and newly appointed Development Director to the IJF, at the head table was Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation; Vladimir Barta, IJF Head Sports Director; Alejandro Blanco, IJF Olympic Solidarity Director and President of the Spanish Olympic Committee; and Juan Carlos Barcos, IJF Head Refereeing Director.
Hours of seminars included videos and hands-on demonstrations -- participants donned gis and stepped on the mats.
The event marks another step by USA Judo to host important international tournaments and functions on home soil. Later this year, USA Judo will be hosting the IJF Junior World Championships. In the fall last year, USA Judo hosted an IJF Grand Prix in Miami, FL, the most elite judo tournament held on home turf in decades.
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