If the National Federation Coaches are not involved in teaching high-performance competition, this course will give them the structure and methodology to teach judo to all sectors of Judo. The academic qualification gained also allows our coaches to seek jobs as Judo coaches in teaching institutions. Therefore, all Judo Coaches, who need an international licence, and retired competitors who want to enter the profession of coaches are all potential students for this course. We will also advertise this course as a form of a dual-career opportunity to Junior Judoka who want to receive an academic qualification while they are still competing, as our blended form of delivery is ideal for their continued travel schedules.

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Qualification level

Undergraduate Certificate as Judo Instructor

Level 5 of the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) and of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) for Lifelong Learning.

This new course is the update to the old Level 1 Instructor, which remains valid but now this is accredited academically according to the European Qualification Framework (EQF) Level 5 and includes 30 credits. More information about EQF is here

Licence no: 2018-015

Licence category: Higher Education Institution - available here, search for IJF Academy Foundation

Course fee

  • USD 900 for new enrolments.

  • USD 550 for former qualification holders of Level 1 – Instructor may enrol and upgrade their qualification to UCJI

The course fee payment must be completed before the start (first day) of the semester. The IJF Academy will send the invoice to the nominating national judo federation.

The posted Course fee covers the online session only. If a student is eligible to attend the practical session, the following additional cost must be covered by the student:

  • International travel cost to the location of the practical session.

  • Seven-day board and accommodation costs calculated by the local organiser.

  • Personal insurance cost with COVID-19 coverage.

  • Cost of a 72-hour PCR test that must be presented on arrival in the location of the practical session.

Next Semester Timeline:

Start date: Monday, 6 June 2022
End date: Sunday midnight, 9 October 2022  (Coordinated Universal Time)

Application deadline

Friday, 20 May 2022

Students must be nominated by their respective National Judo Federation. The nomination form can be requested from info@ijf.edu.mt
Language of the semester starting in June in English, French, Georgian, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Course structure

Successful students will gain the UCJI – EQF Level 5 qualification if they have completed the following phases:

  • Phase 1: Theoretical online modules for 18 weeks. Students must complete all listed 13 module examinations by a minimum of 60% passing rate. For more details, please check the Student Handbook.
  • Phase 2: Practical session of one (1) week to be organised according to the published calendar by IJF Academy. For more details about the requirements, please check the Student Handbook.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Black belt, first Dan in judo with valid membership of a national judo federation affiliated with IJF.
  • Access to the internet by utilize the dedicated online portal to undertake the dedicated module online examination as well as access a range of indicated online resources.
  • Knowledge of the official course languages.
  • Necessary fitness level to complete the practical session.

Learning outcomes

The learner will be able to;

  1. distinguish and explain the 100 Kodokan judo and Nage no Kata techniques
  2. refer to and explain the judo moral code elements in adequate situations during training
  3. explain the structure of IJF and its members including the roles and responsibilities
  4. explain the judo refereeing rules all age groups
  5. explain the safety features in the dojo during training
  6. emphasise the physiological actions during training
  7. explain the age-specific belt examination requirements and progression

Course learning procedure

The students will learn through word documents, PowerPoint presentations converted into PDF files, and videos during the online session as well as self-study from indicated readings, discussion forum feature and inquiry-based learning.


  1. History of Judo
  2. Classification of Judo – Part 1
  3. Culture of Judo
  4. About IJF
  5. Classification of Judo – Part 2
  6. Role of Instructor
  7. Exercise Physiology I.
  8. Classification of Judo – Part 3
  9. First Aid and Safety
  10. Classification of Judo – Part 4
  11. LTAD Stages
  12. Nage no Kata
  13. Refereeing Rules I
Course instructor

Dr. Tibor KOZSLA

Dr. Tibor Kozsla is a graduate from the Hungarian University of Physical Education, where he studied sport/physical activity and educational sciences.From 2002 till 2008 he worked in the Middle East ...
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Chairman IJF Academy, Member IJF Disciplinary and Appeal Commission, The IJF Science Commission and IJF Development Commission, Honorary Member of the European Judo Union, Vice President Commonwealth ...