International Judo Federation Academy launched – Envic Galea coordinating the project

Saturday, December 21, 2013, 11:56

President of the International Judo Federation (IJF) and Sportaccord, Mr Marius Vizer, announced the Academy at the IJF Congress in Rio last August. Its main aim is to provide Professional Education in all sectors of Judo. The Academy first started by focusing on the technical sector, but later it will also attend to the managerial specialised segment and other areas where most needed. The IJF appreciates that the development and running of a National Coach Education and Certification System might be beyond the Federation’s resource. Therefore, the Academy will assist National Federations in this education and certification for their technical staff.

 The Academy partnered with Semmelweis University Faculty of PE and Sport Sciences which is the largest, the most comprehensive and the oldest centre for education and training in sport and physical activity in Hungary with 86 years of history, originally established as the Royal College of Physical Education in 1925 and developed three levels of coaching courses: Level 1 Instructor, Level 2 Coach and Level 3 Pro Licence.  

These courses are delivered in a practical and innovative way, through a blended system, with all the theoretical lessons provided online and the practical sessions ran in one or two weekly sessions. This ideal system of delivery has many advantages; the courses are tailored to meet the different demands that are entailed within an online learning community. The students are free to study at their own time and pace, so they have the opportunity to complete their chosen course quickly or as slowly as they want.

The Instructor course is intended to train coaches for effective work with youth and beginner athletes. The Instructor syllabus emphasizes Theoretical subjects and the practical skills of coaching. At the same time, the Instructor course provides a theoretical base which is sufficient to allow Instructors to continue learning, either through their own efforts or within the structure of the Academy.

Envic Galea flew to Tata in Hungary for the residential of the pilot first level. There he finally met face to face the 16 coaches who made it to the final week out of the 25 coaches who started the course last September. The 16 coaches coming from Cameroon, Niger, Haiti, Guatemala, Sierra Leon, Armenia, Zambia, Turkey, Pakistan, Kosovo, and Hungary, were examined and tested before they qualified to receive the IJF Certificate of Instructor and Certificate from the University of Semmelweis.

The Judo activities were conducted by Daniel Lascau 7th Dan IJF Sports Director and Envic Galea 7th Dan IJF Academy coordinator. The Academic sessions at the Tata Olympic Centre were examined by Dr Tibor Kozsla assisted by Gergely Kiss. During the week seminar, the participants also obtained a certificate in First Aid from the Hungarian Red Cross. Lessons were delivered by Dr Moghaddam Amin Maysam. Comments from the students were very encouraging and all who made the grade are looking forward for level 2 “Coaching”.

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