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Hellenic Judo Federation

The European Judo Union Advanced Coach Award was delivered in Athens, Greece in partnership with the Hellenic Judo Federation. Fifteen coaches took part in the 4-day practical block delivered by Nikos Iliadis and Dr Mike Callan of the Judospace Educational Institute and EJU Judo Knowledge Commission. The coaches covered modules related to Principles of Teaching Gokyo, Culture of Judo (Ethics, Etiquette and Safety), Planning and Physiology, History & Development of Judo, Communication and Competitive Judo.

The 4-day seminar required the coaching students to complete 6 different assessments including a 15 minute master class on a technique drawn at random. The coaches found the seminar both challenging and rewarding.  Some of them working through the night to ensure their assessments met the required standards.

The qualification is also accredited by Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, to ensure the quality assurance of the course. The qualification serves as an Access course to the EJU Performance Coach Award, which is also a degree in Sports Coaching (European Judo Union) offered through distance learning by Anglia Ruskin University. Recently the quality of these courses was reviewed by EJU Vice President Franco Capelletti and EJU Presidential Advisor Ezio Gamba.

Commenting on the Advanced Coach Award practical block, Mr Iliadis said “This is a great course.” On the final evening the Judospace Educational Institute hosted a celebration dinner under the shadow of the Acropolis. Dr Mike Callan used the occasion to remind the coaches of their responsibility to create a legacy for Hellenic Judo, following the success of Ilias Iliadis winning his 3rd Gold medal in Chelyabinsk. 


HJF announcment

The Hellenic Judo Federation are pleased to announce that they have adopted the Coach Education courses offered by the Judospace Educational Institute and the European Judo Union. This partnership will allow Greek coaches to access the excellent courses available, and help improve the standards of coaching in Greece.

Greek coaches can access the EJU Coach Award and progress on to the EJU Performance Coach Award. Both courses are approved by Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Full details about the courses can be found via

Tutors on the course in Greece will include Mr Nikos Iliadis, coach to Olympic Gold Medallist and double World Champion Ilias Iliadis, Dr Nikos Malliaropolous, EJU Medical Commissioner, and Dr Mike Callan, EJU Didactic and Scientific Expert.

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It's a great honour for the Judospace Team to work with the Hellenic Judo Federation. This marks the start of a transformation in judo coaching in Greece.
Dr Mike Callan

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