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20000526_John Zammit goes back to origins

    The Kodokan Institute founded by Jigaro Kani in 1882 is still an international mecca for all Judokas. Until a few years ago it was the highest authority issuing black belts and high level gradings.
    Jigaro Kano was an educator who gave Japan a modern trend in sport. He was the first president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, and the founder of the Japanese Athletics Association. Although the Kodokan Institute is more than 100 years old it is still and important institutional guardian of the standards of judo. 
    The Kodokan recently organised a 10-day seminar for top level coaches from western Europe. Malta was one of 10 countries to be invited. The Judo Federation decided to send John Zammit, the gold medalist in the Iceland GSSE, who is presently the national team manager.
    The seminar was held in the Kodokan Headquarters in Tokyo. The participants had the opportunity to attend the Japan Open and High grades All Japan Championship. This event was held at the Budocentre, the sports theatre where judo made its debut as an Olympic Games sport in 1964.
    Mr Zammit had a great opportunity to revise the basis techniques and Kata under supervision of top judokas such as Matsumura Shigeya, 9th Dan world champion groundwork specialist, very famous in Japan.
    Mr Zammit will now be holding a revision course together with Alex Bezzina, sports director of the federation, for the benefit of the Maltese judo coaches.