Judo or Judon’t: Officials Move to Prohibit Combat Sports Crossover

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has taken the extraordinary step of formally stating a ban exists on crossover grappling and combat sports competition for ranked Judoka in international competition, unless permission is granted.

In an email circulated to IJF affiliates globally the wording is explicit

Any Judoka classified in the <<IJF rankings list>> is not authorized to take part in any international competition of any combat sport, other than Judo, unless specific(ly) authorized by IJF.

This appears to be bad news for thousands of athletes ranked by the IJF and to target BJJ practitioners/elite grapplers, equally. The IJF has worked to restrict techniques permissable in Judo with the guise of making it more spectator friendly and in effect neutralise the crossover of BJJ and wrestling into the Olympic sport. There has also been a constant crossover of Judoka into MMA including high profile fighters Ronda Rousey and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

News broke earlier this month the Ultimate Fighting Championship would sponsor the 2015 British Judo Championships in London. British Judo Chief Executive, Andrew Scoular

We are absolutely thrilled at our new partnership with UFC, which will bring about many mutual benefits for both the organisations and the sports of MMA and Judo in the UK.

With the ban specific to international combat sport competition, athletes poised to suffer most are grapplers plying their craft across different sports and Judo.


(Image courtest of bjjee.com)


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Author:Michael Job

Australasian MMA


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2 Comments on “Judo or Judon’t: Officials Move to Prohibit Combat Sports Crossover”

  1. November 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Have we gotten any confirmation other than the article from bjee?

    • Michael Job
      November 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

      Yes Aaron a number of athletes and Judo people have confirmed this.

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