The Judo and Ju-Jitsu Association received sport material donation from the German Embassy

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Dr. Till Blume, head of cultural affairs of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ethiopia, handed over a donation for the Judo & Ju-Jitsu Association in Ethiopia (EJJA) on the 12th December 2012.

The donation organized by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the German Ju-Jitsu Federation, the Police Sport Club Trier and the Ippon-Shop Adidas, Germany, Mr. Otto Kneitinger, Honorary Vice President of European Judo Union. The list of the materials is long which is also an acknowledgement for the activities of the Judo and Ju-Jitsu Association that meanwhile reached a remarkable technical competence in Judo and Ju-Jitsu. Hereafter, the Association received Tatame mattresses (red and green), competition and referee equipment, training equipment, protectors, sports suit and Judogis (cloths). The German Federal Foreign Office organized and financed the shipment of the donated materials.

Ato Girmaye Woldegabriel, Chairman of the Executive Committee of EJJA, received the material on behalf of the association and appreciated the support from Germany that borne fruit for the last couple of years. He promised that EJJA will work very hard and effectively. Dr Till Blume congratulated the EJJA athletes for thier successful participation in Vienna Ju-Jitsu World Championship and appreciated the engagement of its members. Ato Taye Tadesse, treasury of EJJA pointed out that the donated materials will be deployed carefully for the purpose it donated. The executive committee mentioned that this was enabled by dedicated voluntary commitment of Mr. Hannes Daxbacher and Dr. Tsegaye Degineh that took more than 10 months.

The Judo and Ju-Jitsu athletes that successfully participated in Vienna were extra invited to attend the ceremony and also the media were present.

In October 2012 the German Olympic Sports Confederation covered the flight cost and accommodation of the Judo trainer Ms. Melnie Stoll that hosted an incredible Judo seminar for 80 athletes that lasted one week. The athletes came predominantly from Addis Ababa, Amhara Regional State and the Southern Regional State (SNNPR), University and the Police. Around 13 international instructors have been coming to Ethiopia and gave voluntary Judo and Ju-Jitsu seminar for free for the last 4 years. Totally, more than 1100 athletes participated in Judo and Ju-Jitsu seminars that hosted by the above mentioned Instructors. EJJA had distributed to date the donated Judocloths and other equipment for free to several athletes, which is an unique.

EJJA would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the German Ju-Jitsu Federation, the Police Sport Club Trier and the Ippon-Shop Adidas, Germany, Mr. Otto Kneitinger, to the German Federal Foreign Office and German Embassy to Ethiopia.

EJJA informed the public about its activities and managed in accordance with democratic norms and principles of accountability, transparency and good governance.

Link to the German Embassy
Link to press release of the German Embassy


Video concerning the successful participation of Ethiopian athletes in Ju-Jitsu World Championship

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Appreciation and athletes back home safely

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The Ethiopian athletes are returned home safely on Tuesday, 3 a.m. (local Ethiopian time) after participating in the historical World Championship in Vienna. The athletes and the Judo and Ju-Jitsu Association appreciate the support and invitation of the esteemed Austria Jiu-Jitsu Federation, specially its President Mr. Michael Takács and the General secretary, Dr. Wilhelm Erber. Our special thanks goes to the tireless and friendly coordinator Ms. Raphaela Freudenberger. Further special thanks goes to Grand Master Giancarlo Bagnulo for nominating the athletes, to Dr. Markus Dobler for the preparation training and coaching during the World Championship and the Embassy of Austria for issuing a visa to the athletes. All these enabled the historical participation of the athlete. The tireless board and executive members of EJJA supported this historical participation with their time, energy and financial capacity.

Our special gratitude extended to the German Ju-Jutsu Federation that supported us from the beginning. We heartily thanks the Ju-Jitsu International Federation, the board and its president Mr. Panagiotis Theodoropoulos for giving consideration to the African countries and athletes as well as never lost their trust in us. We congratulate the Ju-Jitsu African Union and its president Mr. Colince Tatsa Chinda for the participation of several African countries ever in the history in one World Championship, a number of athletes from some African countries couldn’t participate in Vienna due to the visa restriction.

This participation has shown that dreams might come true in short time, namely to reach the 7th Place in -56 kg with Yared Negusse and the successful experience of all other our athletes.

Yes, hand in hand, we can make changes and move forward across the globe for a better Judo and Ju-Jitsu!