Student Handbook

Some courses do require to activate the web camera of the used devices. Although the camera option works for tablet and mobile devices ONLY on the Android platform, above version 4.0.

The test application requiring web camera works on desktop computers (internal or external camera) and laptops with a web camera. It is recommended to use the CHROME browser for the use of the camera test option.

When a Video Test option is active, the students have to allow their laptop and/or desktop computers to access the camera.

Students have to pay attention during the camera tests for the following cases to avoid test cancellations:

Further to the above examples, the following test will also be cancelled if the student:

- is lying on the bed,

- is wearing the head or earphone,

- is captured from the side and not from the font,

- is not dressed properly (minimum a T-shirt is required)

- is not alone in the picture.

Please, visit the student handbook periodically, as the IJF Academy management applies amendments and changes when it serves the better understanding and benefit of the students.

The language of daily communication with IJF Academy management and staff is ENGLISH. Please, use the google translate service to manage the communication in your language.

The IJF Academy does NOT communicate with students via external social media, such as Viber, Messenger, Telegram, What's Up, etc. Students must send emails using the Contact Us facility on the platform. Such communication must include the following elements: (1) name of the students, (2) country of the students, (3) programme of the students and the (4) request or question. Such a format is required. For emails that do not include the mentioned information, the IJF Academy will not be able to process them.

You can change the settings of your CHROME browser to translate the platform into your language if it is available.

The platform is designed for desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones to review the content. It is highly recommended that the students use desktop and laptop devices for completing the camera Weekly Examinations.

Users must use the one of the following browsers:

  • Windows operation system computer, Windows 10, 8, 8.1 operation system tablet
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Internet Explorer 9+
    • Mozilla Firefox 3.5+
    • Google Chrome 3.0+
    • Opera 10.50+, 15.0+
  • OS X operation system computer
    • Safari 3.1+
  • Windows Phone operation system
    • Internet Explorer 9+
  • Android operation system phone better than 4.0
  • IOS operation system tablet and mobile phone
    • Safari 3.1
  • Windows RT operation system
    • Internet Explorer 10+

Every lecture includes learning material for download. The students can download the suggested content that can be used offline. The list of downloadable content is available on every module page of the Platform.

Click here, and enter your e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail to this address to help you retrieve your password.

The selection and nomination of potential students is the sole responsibility of the National Judo Federations affiliated with IJF. The National Judo Federation has the authority to retract any nomination they find necessary. Any nomination and cancellation must be communicated with the IJF Academy in writing.

The nominated students must have a personal email address that will be used as access to the platform during their study period. NO email address of National Federations is accepted; it is highly recommended to set up a GMAIL address for this programme (https://accounts.google.com/signup).

The IJF Academy will send an electronic invitation using the personal email address of the students to sign up. Using the email address and the selected password, students sign in to the platform and start the programme.

Follow the guide hereunder that helps with the sign-up procedure.

DO NOT USE YOUR MOBILE PHONE FOR SIGN-UP! USE (A LAPTOP) COMPUTER TO COMPLETE THE PROCEDURE.

Registered students must click on the "Sign in" button in the top right corner of the Platform. Type in your username, the email address used by “Sign-up”, and the password, then click on "Sign in".

The programmes of IJF Academy are accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority.

Click here to review the accredited programmes.

The students of IJF Academy Programmes have the opportunity to monitor their study progress at any the time. The Platform includes the feature “Online Result” in the profile “My Courses” section of every student. This feature can be accessed only after the student has signed in.

The “Online Result” feature generates a PDF document that shows the achieved result/grades of the student. The generated information provides the period of the semester, title, date and the result of the subject. In this PDF document, the Platform provides the best result that the student has achieved during the 3 attempts of the Weekly Test.​

The students can also monitor the results of the Weekly Examinations and the Trial Tests. This information is available in the “Test Details” feature of every test, both Trial Tests and Examinations.

If the student has any doubt or missing information, the IJF Academy Management can provide the explanation requested by the student. Such request must be sent to info@ijf.edu.mt

 

Every IJF Academy Programme has one or more assigned instructors/tutors. The name and the picture of the instructors/tutors are available on the Programme side. The students can also receive information about the instructor/tutor by reviewing the profile.

The IJF Academy platform provides different communication features between the students and the instructor/tutor.

The Forum Post allows every student to submit questions or queries related to each module/subject. The Forum Post feature provides the discussion for all the students enrolled in the same programme simultaneously. The instructor/tutor provide guidance and explanation for the students answering the questions or query submitted by a student. The translation device of the Forum Post provides flexibility for the students to submit their questions in their language.

The students also can contact the instructor/tutor directly. The Chat feature serves this possibility.

Students can also send a personal email message to the instructor/tutor directly. The email address of the instructor/tutor is available on the programme site of the platform.

The subject of the Forum Post and the direct email messages can cover questions and queries, including but not limited to issues of guidance in study skills, finding resources and counselling.

Meeting between a student and the instructor/tutor can be scheduled individually. Since the students of IJF Academy come from all over the world and live in different time zones, such a meeting must be scheduled carefully.

The students of the IJF Academy Programme can provide their feedback after the Programme is completed.

Every IJF Academy Programme has a specific online questionnaire where the students can express their opinion online anonymously. The feedback form is sent by email and includes the deadline for completion.

The students receive an invitation for the questionnaire by email, where they can use the link that connects to the online form. The questionnaire has mandatory and free questions. Every section of the questionnaire allows students to express their notes and proposals.

The completed feedback forms are evaluated by the IJF Academy Management and stored in the database. The highlighted short summary of the results is presented in a PowerPoint format and circulated among the instructors/tutors of the programme for review. The IJF Academy Management highlights the results that require attention from the instructors/tutors. The IJF Academy Management hold a meeting the discussion the results and find the solution if necessary.

The students of IJF Academy can appeal against any decision taken by the IJF Academy Management, including the results of tests, assignments, and practical scores. Any appeal shall be submitted to the platform using the “Contact us” link on the main page. The students shall select the “Appeal” in the “Select topic” drop-down menu. A detailed description shall be posted and sent to the IJF Academy Management. This email will automatically be sent to the info@ijf.edu.mt email address.

The submitted appeal message will be handled by the Head of Institution of IJF Academy. The proposal of solution regarding the submitted appeal of the students is circulated among the instructor/tutor and the IJF Academy Head of Institution for final approval of the decision.

The IJF Academic Head of Institution will send the final decision of the submitted appeal and handles the appropriate administration, if necessary, in the database of the student who submitted the appeal.

The IJF Academy Programmes are designed so that students can study using the online platform anywhere and anytime. If students face scheduling difficulty in completing the programme within the timeframe of the given semester, they can request the completion of the missing Weekly Examination during the upcoming semester.

Every student must finish the IJF Academy programme(s) within 24 months from the date of their sign-up/registration. After 24 months, the programme results will expire, and the student has to start all over again from the beginning of the programme.

Students must send a letter to info@ijf.edu.mt to submit such intention.

 

Students must send a letter to info@ijf.edu.mt if they intend to terminate the programme.

Cancellation and Refund Procedures

A student may exercise the right to be refunded the tuition fees when:

(i) When the student withdraws from the programme before the agreed starting day.

(ii) The withdrawal must be communicated in writing via email sent to info@ijf.edu.mt email address.

The students can find a copy of the certificate(s) in the “Profile Section/Certificates”, which they can download anytime.

The programme includes teaching and correction sessions, tutorial sessions, and assessments. The sessions’ days are divided in two 90 min sessions in the morning and two 90 min sessions in the evening. For each of two assessments, half daytime is reserved, depending on the number of participants, this period can be extended. One assessment can be repeated one time if incomplete.

Level 1 Instructor has the goal to train coaches for effective work teaching youth and beginner athletes all the Judo Techniques. After theoretical online and theoretical residential assessments, the judo practical part focuses on basic elements of judo and the demonstration of Nage-waza (standing techniques) and Katame-waza (grappling techniques) of Kodokan judo.

Judo Glossary

Rei (respect; dignity), ukemi (Breakfalls), shisei (posture), tai-sabaki (body shifting; body control), ayumi ashi (natural walking stile), tsugi ashi (shuffle stepping), movements (forward, backward, sideward and circular, kuzushi (balance breaking), tsukuri (positioning; set-up), kake (application; execution), tandoku-renshu (solo practice), uchi-komi (repetition training), nage komi (repetitive throwing practice)

Basic renzoku-waza (continuous combination of techniques), renraku-waza (connection and change), transition from nage-waza (standing techniques) into Katame-waza (mat/ground techniques) as tori (doer the thrower) and uke (receiver the thrown), standard situations in Ne-waza, tandoku-renshu in Ne-waza, Uchi-komi in Ne-waza

Kodokan judo techniques:

Nage-waza (throwing techniques)

  • Nage-waza (standing techniques)
    • Te-waza (hand techniques)
    • Koshi-waza (hip & loin techniques)
    • Ashi-waza (leg & foot techniques)
  • Sutemi-waza (sacrifice techniques)
    • Ma-Sutemi-waza (supine or rear sacrifice techniques)
    • Yoko-Sutemi-waza (side sacrifice techniques)
  • Katame-waza (grappling techniques)
  • Osaekomi-waza (pinning techniques)
  • Shime-waza (strangle techniques)
  • Kansetsu-waza (joint techniques)

The structure and progression of the assessments during the Practical Session are as follows:

1 . Theory comprehensive examination – paper test.

The students must complete the test of 65 questions from 13 theory topics from the online Phase 1. The Platform can prepare these tests in PDF format putting together the 65 test questions randomly when the tests are generated by the Education Director.

The IJF Academy prints the tests according to the number required by participating students and their language in 5 different versions. The tests are taken to the location of the Practical Session by a person, one of the members of the IJF Academy Management – usually by the Education Director.

The students have 90 minutes to complete the test. The students use the score sheet where the indicate the correct answer for the question by pen (no pencil allowed). The completed score sheets are corrected by the members of the IJF Academy Management, present in the Practical Session, using the correction key-sheet. Both, the score sheets for the students and the correction key-sheets are generated together with each of the 5 test batteries.

The passing rate of the paper test is 60%, which means the student must achieve a minimum of 39 correct answers out of 65. The result is presented in percentage (%) when the number of correct final answers are divided by 65 (total number of the test).

If the student failed for the first attempt, the student has the second attempt to carry out on the same day, after the other student s have completed their first attempt.

If the student failed for the second attempt, the student cannot be assessed for the further practical elements in (1) Nage no Kata, (2) Nage-waza and (3) Katame-waza.

The student may return and try to complete the entire Practical Session in another time if nominated by the respective national judo federation.

The result of the paper tests is uploaded in the platform. After this upload, the students can see their result only after they sign into the platform and download the file that includes this result.

2. Demonstration of Nage no Kata

The students must demonstrate the 5 sets of the 15 techniques of Nage no Kata in the order as it was presented in the online session. Video help is available in the platform so the students can make their rehearsal for the demonstration during the practical session.

The evaluation of the Nage no Kata is Passed or Failed.

If the student failed for the first attempt, the student has the second attempt to carry out on the same day, after all, other student s have completed their first attempt.

If the student failed for the second attempt, the student cannot be assessed for the further practical elements in (1) Nage-waza and (2) Katame-waza.

The student may return and try to complete the entire Practical Session in another time if nominated by the respective national judo federation.

The details of the demonstration are recorded on the Nage no Kata examination sheet. The completed sheets are scanned and stored by the IJF Academy management for further reference.

3. Practical examination of Nage-waza

The students must demonstrate their knowledge of the 100 Kodokan judo techniques from which 68 belong to the group of Nage-waza.

The 68 Nage-waza judo techniques are distributed randomly in 16 examination sheets with their Japanese name. Each examination sheet includes 1 basic, 2 Te-waza, 2 Koshi-waza, 2 Ashi-waza, 2 Sutemi-waza techniques. In addition, the students have to use the assigned template and must indicate their favourite techniques for two demonstrations (1) Renzoku-waza and (2) Renraku-waza.

The students pick blindly one examination sheet from the 16 and demonstrate the listed techniques according to the presented order. When the students demonstrate the techniques, the instructor is calling the name of the technique, so the student does not have to remember the order. The proper demonstration system is explained in the Student Handbook.

The evaluation of the Nage-waza is a score given by the instructor in percentage (%). The passing rate of the Nage-waza test is 60%. If the student reaches 60% or higher by the first attempt, that will be the result in Nage-waza. In this case, no second attempt is allowed. The student must achieve a minimum 80% score if the students wish to enrol to the Undergraduate Diploma in Judo Coach program.

If the student failed for the first attempt, the student has the second attempt to carry out on the same day, after the other students have completed their first attempt.

If the student failed for the second attempt, the student cannot be assessed for the further practical elements in (1) Katame-waza.

The student may return and try to complete the entire Practical Session in another time if nominated by the respective national judo federation.

The details of the examinations are recorded on the Nage-waza examination sheet. The completed sheets are scanned and stored by the IJF Academy management for further reference.

4. Practical examination of Katame-waza

The students must demonstrate their knowledge of the 100 Kodokan judo techniques from which 32 belong to the group of Katame-waza.

The 32 Katame-waza judo techniques are distributed randomly in 16 examination sheets with their Japanese name. Each examination sheet includes 2 Osaekomi-waza, 2 Shime-waza, 2 Kansetsu-waza techniques. In addition, the students must use the transition template and must indicate their favourite techniques for two transition demonstration (1) transition Tori-Tori and (2) transitions Tori-Uke.

The students pick blindly one examination sheet from the 16 and demonstrate the listed techniques according to the presented order. When the students demonstrate the techniques, the instructor is calling the name of the technique, so the student does not have to remember the order. The proper demonstration system is explained in the Student Handbook.

The evaluation of the Katame-waza is a score given by the instructor in percentage (%). The passing rate of the Katame-waza test is 60%. If the student reaches 60% or higher by the first attempt, that will be the result in Katame-waza. In this case, no second attempt is allowed. The student must achieve a minimum 80% score if the students wish to enrol to the Undergraduate Diploma in Judo Coach program.

If the student failed for the first attempt, the student has the second attempt to carry out on the same day, after the other students have completed their first attempt.

If the student failed for the second attempt, the student may return and try to complete the entire Practical Session in another time, if nominated by the respective national judo federation.

The details of the examinations are recorded on the Katame-waza examination sheet. The completed sheets are scanned and stored by the IJF Academy management for further reference.

5. Calculation of the final result

The final result of the Level 1 Instructor is calculated as follows:

  1. The result of the Paper Test explained under the point a) is indicated in percentage (%) – Result 1.
  2. The average result of the two practical examinations, explained under the points d) and e) is indicated in percentage (%) – Result 2.
  3. The average of Result 1 and 2 will form the final result of the Undergraduate Certificate in Judo Instructor.
  4. The final result sheet can be downloaded by the students in PDF format from the profile section of the Platform.

Students are accepted to take part in the practical session if they arrive before the morning session starts on Day 2.

Procedure to follow:

  1. The student must inform the IJF Academy in writing and provide the reason for their late arrival. The email must be addressed to
    • academy@ijf.org
    • National Judo Federation of the student’s country copy to IJf Academy
  2. Consequences of the late arrival (even if it was communicated beforehand):
    • the student is eligible to complete the missing Theory Paper test on Day 2 (exact time must be negotiated with IJF Management on the site). This test will be considered as a second attempt. In case the student fails, the student is not eligible to complete and further examination in the two practical tests. 
    • The student is eligible to complete the missing beep-test on Day 2 (exact time must be negotiated with IJF Management on the site). In case the student fails, the student is not eligible to complete and further examination in the two practical tests.
  3. Should the student fail in one or in both of the tests explained under Point 2, the student is permitted to participate in the remaining days of the practical session, but no examination can be done nor validated.

The evaluation system for the (Nage-waza) and (Katame-waza) judo practical assessment is given in percentage (%) according to the performance of the students.

The assessment is successful if the student receives a minimum of 60% for the demonstrated performance.

The Nage-waza judo practical assessment includes the demonstration of ten Nage-waza techniques on the left and right in two different movements (from forward, backward, sideward, or circular movements) where applicable.

The Katame-waza judo practical assessment includes the demonstration of two Osaekomi-waza, two Shime-waza, two Kansetsu-waza, two Renzoku-waza, two Renraku-waza, two transitions tori-tori, and two transitions uke-tor. Katame-waza techniques have to be demonstrated left and right, including the basic form, escaping, and techniques/ways to go into the demonstrated technique where applicable. The combinations and transitions must be demonstrated left and right, dynamic (using forward, backward, sideward or circular movements) where applicable.

Nage-no-Kata assessments will be done during the residential block, according to the level of the students. The grading system for the kata demonstration is: accepted or not accepted.

The transcript can be downloaded in the Profile section from “My Courses” using the “Final Results” feature in the Platform.

The Level 1 - Instructor certificates are delivered directly to the students only by email in PDF format. The certificates are only delivered if the student has completed all the necessary requirements. In the case of Level 1 – Instructor course:

  • Successful completion of 13 Weekly Test for a minimum of 60% or higher during the 3 attempts.
  • Successful completion of Nage-Waza and Katame-Waza practical examinations for a minimum of 60% or higher during the practical week.
  • Successful demonstration of Nage-No-Kata during the practical week.
  • Submitted and uploaded a copy of the First Aid Certificate.

You can find the copy of your certificate(s) in your Profile though where you can download it any time.

The Instructor Certification – Level 1 requires that the candidates have a  First Aid Certificate (FAC). Such certificate must be completed in the country of residence and provide a copy to IJF Academy to prove its completion. The copy of the First Aid Certificate must be uploaded in the Profile section.

IJF Academy does not accept first aid university course/subject to fulfil this requirement.

The students can only receive their IJF Academy Certificate if they have presented the copy of their FAC. If a student cannot present the copy of the FAC by the time of the practical session, in case of successful completion of the practical requirements, the student will not receive the IJF Academy certificate until the FAC is presented.

  • The Undergraduate Certificate as Judo Instructor (UCJI) programme is a Higher Education Programme accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority.
  • The programme has 30 ECTS credits at Malta Qualification Framework (MQF) Level 5.
  • The programme is part-time and aimed at the ages of 18 and 65+.
  • Students may require VISA during a practical session organised in Malta; this link provides more information.

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has established the Academy to provide professional education in all sectors of judo. Its first focus is on the technical sector.

The UCJI programme is intended to train instructors for effective work with youth and beginner athletes, mainly at a national level. The instructor’s responsibility is to teach their students the techniques of judo. The UCJI syllabus encompasses theoretical subjects and the practical skills of coaching. At the same time, the UCJI programme provides a theoretical base to allow instructors to continue learning, both through their own efforts and within the structure of the IJF Academy.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Judo Instructor programme is intended primarily as an entry-level course for the International IJF Coach licence.

From January 2023, all coaches are required to have the minimum qualification of UCJI to participate in international judo events organised by the IJF. All coaches representing all 205 National Judo Federations affiliated with IJF need this level of certification.

If the National Federation coaches are not involved in teaching high-performance competition, this programme will give them the structure and methodology to teach judo to all sectors of judo. The academic qualification also allows our UCJI graduates to seek jobs as judo coaches in education institutions.

Therefore, all judo coaches, who need an international licence, and retired competitors who want to work as coaches are all potential students of this programme.

The IJF Academy advertise this programme as a form of a dual-career opportunity for junior judoka who want to receive an academic qualification while they are still competing, as our blended form of delivery is ideal for them.

  • 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 utilising 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 programme languages.
  • Necessary fitness level to complete the practical session.

The selection of potential students is the sole responsibility of the National Federations affiliated with IJF.

The nominated students must have a personal email address that will be used to access the education platform during their study period.

No email address of National Federations is accepted; it is highly recommended to set up a GMAIL address for this programme (https://accounts.google.com/signup).

The IJF Academy will send an electronic invitation using the personal email address of the students to sign up. Once signed up, students can sign into the platform with their email address and password and start studying.

Follow the guide above that helps with the sign-up procedure.

Phase 1 (online session) of the programme is delivered through 18 weeks.

Phase 2 (practical session) of the programme is delivered in 1 week. The one-week practical session is organised in collaboration with National Federations and National Olympic Committees in different locations according to the needs.

The programme, in total, takes 19 weeks to complete.

Students must pay the corresponding programme fee (if any) according to the published payment schedule on the programme information page. No refunds are given after payment for admissions unless the candidate is not enrolled in the programme. More details are available in the student agreement that can be reviewed when enrolling in the programme.

The programme is conducted in the official languages of the International Judo Federation (IJF): English, French, Russian and Spanish. In addition to the mentioned languages from 2022, the programme is also available in Japanese, Georgian, Hungarian, Portuguese and Turkish. The IJF Academy extends the number of languages according to the need expressed by a National Judo Federation.

Judo Instructor

This programme is primarily aimed at the basic requirement of a judo instructor. In this programme, the black belt judoka is introduced to the modules identified as the most important basics that a judo instructor should know.

The IJF has introduced the policy from January 2023 that will only allow the accreditation of coaches travelling with the athletes to World Tour Events and all age-related World Championships and Olympic Games who have the IJF Academy qualification of Undergraduate Certificate in Judo Instructor. This policy will enhance the quality of judo worldwide.

The UCJI programme is designed to apply the knowledge of the fundamental general and judo-specific theoretical modules and the 100 Kodokan judo techniques for all age groups at the club level.

The UCJI programme has one semester where the syllabus contains core elements common to sectors required for instructors’ qualifications.

Successful completion of the UCJI programme means the successful completion of the online theory phases (a minimum of 60% passing rate in each theory modules examination) and the successful completion of the one-week practical session (a minimum of 60% passing rate in Nage-waza and Katame-waza examinations). Upon completing this programme, the instructor will be able to identify and teach the basic 100 Kodokan judo techniques.

The instructor will also be able to plan and implement a series of appropriate training sessions within the context of an annual training plan.

The UCJI programme has one (1) semester online phase that includes 13 modules in 18 weeks and one (1) week of the practical session.

The online modules are listed hereunder in the order of delivery:

  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
  14. Practical Session

The learner will be able to:

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

The learner will be able to:

  • show the 100 Kodokan judo and Nage no Kata techniques
  • apply the judo moral code elements in adequate situations during training
  • use the structure of IJF and its members, including the roles and responsibilities
  • apply the judo refereeing rules to all age groups
  • show the safety features in the dojo during training
  • use the physiological actions during training
  • apply the age-specific belt examination requirements and progression

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, the online discussion forum and inquiry-based learning.

The PowerPoint presentations are useful in those modules where visual learning is emphasised. The videos present the correct demonstration of techniques in the 100 Kodokan techniques and the Nage no Kata.

These videos are recorded in the Kodokan Judo Institute, where the techniques were demonstrated by Kodokan instructors. These videos are the primary source of information on these techniques.

The online forum discussions are necessary for sharing knowledge among students with different perspectives. The panels of the discussion forums in each module are linked to the email address of the IJF Academy instructor, who receives an email when a post is sent in by a student. As the course instructor has access to the forum, the instructor can reply by posting. In this case, all the students can follow this exchange and benefit from it. This inquiry-based learning makes the students create their approach to posted issues.

The online discussion forum has a built-in translation tool powered by Google Translate in several languages. It increases the chance that students have the motivation and courage to share their opinion.

For students who wish to take their learning further, there is also a dedicated section in each module that gives a range of additional resources

The above is a student-centred system with adequate student support for teaching and learning.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Judo Instructor programme is a blended programme. The assessments of the programme are the following:

1. During the online session, the students will study the 13 modules weekly. The students will have a chance to test their knowledge through a maximum of 5 attempts in Trial Tests. These Trial Tests open every Wednesday at midnight (Coordinated Universal Time). The results are for feedback and information only.

The students will complete the module Examinations, which open every Saturday at midnight (Coordinated Universal Time) and cover the assessment of the modules.

The student can attempt the module Examinations 1+1 times from the beginning date of the Examination period until the end of the course. The students must achieve a minimum 60%  result during the 1+1 attempts.

The 1+1 rule means that the student has only 1 attempt for the module Examination. However, there is an additional attempt in case the student fails the first one. The student can retry the Examination after 24 hours.

The students must complete 13 online multiple-choice test examinations during the online phase of the programme. Each test has 20 randomly selected questions using a mathematical algorithm built into the platform. The students have 15 minutes to complete each test. If the student has achieved the 60% pass mark at the first attempt, the system will not allow them to complete the second attempt.

All online examinations must be completed using the face recognition system of the platform.

The students upload their reference pictures upon sign-up. The platform is connected to the Azure/Microsoft system, and will compare the reference picture to the camera picture at the beginning of the test.

The test starts only when this detection and recognition is successful. If the detection was not successful, the student can take another reference picture immediately, which will be acceptable due to the use of similar conditions and circumstances by the time of the test. In this case, of course, the student does not lose the first Examination attempt.

If the student has achieved the 60% pass mark in all 13 examinations during the online Phase 1, this results in 100% progression. The successful completion of Phase 1 is a prerequisite to participate in the practical session. No certification is issued at this stage.

According to the programme rules and procedures, the system setup will monitor the students’ participation and performance. 

Monitoring #1:

  • The student must achieve the progression rate of 31% at the beginning of Week 6. 
  • This rate covers the successful Examinations (pass mark: 60%) of the Week 1,3 and 4 (four examinations in total).
  • There is no examination scheduled for Week 2.

Monitoring #2:

  • The student must achieve a progression rate of 69% at the beginning of Week 13. 
  • This rate covers the successful Examinations (pass mark: 60%) of the Week 6,8,10, and 11 (five examinations in total).
  • There is no examination scheduled for weeks 5,7, and 9.

If the student doesn’t pass the monitoring phase(s), the system will cancel the student's access to the programme.

ONLINE DIGITAL TEST

Students enrolled in the UCJI programme must complete the Online Digital Test (ODT) after the 18-week online semester is closed.

The exact period will be communicated by the Head of the Institution to all students. The examination includes 90 random questions. The number of examination question of each module are weighted according to the following:

2. A practical examination is organised for eligible students as Phase 2 of the programme. The following assessments are carried out during the practical session:

a) Theory comprehensive examination – Paper Test or Online Digital Test

Option 1 – Paper Test

The students must complete the test of 90 questions from 13 theory topics from the online Phase 1.

The platform can generate these tests in PDF format by putting together the 90 test questions randomly.

The number of examination question of each module are weighted according to the following scheme:

  • 9 items are generated randomly from (1) Classification of Judo - Part 1, (2) Classification of Judo - Part 2, (3) Exercise Physiology I., (4) Classification of Judo - Part 3, (5) Classification of Judo - Part 4, (6) LTAD Stages and (7) Nage no Kata. 
  • 7 items are generated randomly from (8) Refereeing Rules.
  • 4 items are generated randomly from (9) History of Judo, (10) Culture of Judo, (11) About IJF, (12) Role of Instructor, and (13) First Aid and Safety.

The IJF Academy prints the tests according to the number required by participating students and their language in 5 different versions. The tests are taken to the location of the Practical Session by a the members of the IJF Academy Management – usually by the Education Director.

The students have 90 minutes to complete the test. The students are provided a score sheet where they indicate their answers. Students must use a pen, no pencils are allowed. The completed score sheets are corrected by the members of the IJF Academy Management using the correction key sheet. Both the score sheets for the students and the correction key sheets are generated together with each of the 5 tests.

The pass mark of the paper test is 60%, which means the student must achieve a minimum of 54 correct answers out of 90.

The result is presented in percentage (%) when the number of correct final answers is divided by 90 (total number of questions).

If the student fails on the first attempt, the student has the second attempt on the same day.

If the student fails on the second attempt, the student cannot be assessed for the further parts of the Practical Session; (1) Nage no Kata, (2) Nage-waza and (3) Katame-waza.

The result of the paper tests is uploaded to the platform. After this upload, the students can see their result when signed in. They can download the file that includes their test result.

Option 2 – Online Digital Test (ODT)

The students must complete the test of 90 questions from 13 theory topics from the online Phase 1.

The number of examination question of each module are weighted according to the following scheme:

  • 9 items are generated randomly from (1) Classification of Judo - Part 1, (2) Classification of Judo - Part 2, (3) Exercise Physiology I., (4) Classification of Judo - Part 3, (5) Classification of Judo - Part 4, (6) LTAD Stages and (7) Nage no Kata. 
  • 7 items are generated randomly from (8) Refereeing Rules.
  • 4 items are generated randomly from (9) History of Judo, (10) Culture of Judo, (11) About IJF, (12) Role of Instructor, and (13) First Aid and Safety.

The Education Director prepares the multiple choice test of platform under the section titled: “Digital Test”. The ODT can only be completed using the face recognition system of the platform.

The students upload their reference pictures upon sign-up. The platform is connected to the Azure/Microsoft system, and will compare the reference picture to the camera picture at the beginning of the test.

The test starts only when this detection and recognition is successful. If the detection was not successful, the student can take another reference picture immediately, which will be acceptable due to the use of similar conditions and circumstances by the time of the test. In this case, of course, the student does not lose the first Examination attempt. The students have 90 minutes to complete the test.

If the student has achieved the 60% pass mark, is eligible to participate in the practical session. The pass mark for the ODT is 60%, which means the student must achieve a minimum of 54 correct answers out of 90. The result is presented in percentages (%).

If the student fails on the first attempt, the student has a second attempt to carry out after 24 hours.

If the student fails on the second attempt, the student cannot attend the practical session, and must repeat the online Phase 1.

The result of the ODT is saved in the database of the platform.

b) Fitness test – Beep test

The students are required to pass the so-called Beep test protocol. The minimum passing level for the beep-test is the successful completion of level 3. Students over 45 years of age must complete level 2 only. The test is carried out in the afternoon of the first day during the practical week.

The evaluation of the Beep test is “passed” or “failed”. If a student fails on the first attempt, has a second attempt. The second attempt must be completed within 24 hours, after a suitable rest time.

If the student fails on the second attempt, cannot be assessed for the further parts of the Practical Session; (1) Nage no Kata, (2) Nage-waza and (3) Katame-waza.

c) Demonstration of Nage no Kata

Option 1 – Scheduled and completed during the Practical Session

The students must demonstrate the 5 sets of the 15 techniques of Nage no Kata in the order presented in the online session. They need to demonstrate the techniques both as Tori and as Uke. Video materials are available on the platform so the students can rehearse with their help for the demonstration.

The evaluation of the Nage no Kata is “passed” or “failed”.

If the student fails on the first attempt, the student has a second attempt on the same day.

If the student fails on the second attempt, the student cannot be assessed for the further parts of the Practical Session; (1) Nage-waza and (2) Katame-waza.

The evaluation of the demonstration is recorded on the Nage no Kata examination sheet. The completed sheets are scanned and stored by the IJF Academy Management for further reference.

Option 2 – Recorded and uploaded video demonstration

The students must demonstrate the 5 sets of the 15 techniques of Nage no Kata in the order presented in the online session. They need to demonstrate the techniques both as Tori and as Uke. Video materials are available on the platform so the students can rehearse with their help for the demonstration.

The student must record and upload the Nage no Kata demonstration to the IJF Academy platform, using the designated upload space. This upload space will be available from day 1 of the UCJI programme in the “Practical Session” / “Nage no Kata Demonstration” section. The evaluation of the Nage no Kata is “passed” or “failed”. The student will receive an email notification whether the demonstrations (Tori and Uke) were accepted or not.

If the student fails on the first attempt in any of the two demonstrations (Tori and Uke), the student has a second attempt to upload the video(s) that they failed.

If the student fails on the second attempt, the student cannot receive the UCJI qualification.

The evaluation of the demonstration is recorded on the Nage no Kata examination sheet. The completed sheets are saved by the IJF Academy Management for further reference.

d) Practical examination of Nage-waza

The students must demonstrate their knowledge of the 100 Kodokan judo techniques, of which 68 belong to the group of Nage-waza.

The 68 Nage-waza judo techniques are distributed randomly in 16 examination sheets with their Japanese name. Each examination sheet includes 2 basics, 2 Te-waza, 2 Koshi-waza, 2 Ashi-waza and 2 Sutemi-waza techniques.

The students randomly pick one examination sheet and demonstrate the listed techniques according to the presented order. When the students demonstrate the techniques, the instructor calls the name of the technique, so the student does not have to remember the order.

The proper demonstration system is explained in the Student Handbook under the title: INSTRUCTOR / ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICAL SESSION.

The evaluation of the Nage-waza is a score given by the instructor in percentage (%). The pass mark is 60%. If the student reaches 60% or higher on the first attempt, that will be the result in Nage-waza. In this case, no second attempt is allowed. The student must achieve a minimum 80% score if they wish to progress to the Undergraduate Diploma in Judo Coach programme.

If the student fails on the first attempt, the student has a second attempt to carry out on the same day.

If the student fails on the second attempt, the student cannot be assessed for the last part of the Practical Session; (1) Katame-waza.

The evaluation of the demonstration is recorded on the Nage-waza examination sheet. The completed sheets are scanned and stored by the IJF Academy Management for further reference.

e) Practical examination of Katame-waza

The students must demonstrate their knowledge of the 100 Kodokan judo techniques, of which 32 belong to the group of Katame-waza.

The 32 Katame-waza judo techniques are distributed randomly in 16 examination sheets with their Japanese name. Each examination sheet includes 2 Osaekomi-waza, 2 Shime-waza and 2 Kansetsu-waza techniques.

The students randomly pick one examination sheet and demonstrate the listed techniques according to the presented order. When the students demonstrate the techniques, the instructor calls the name of the technique, so the student does not have to remember the order.

The proper demonstration system is explained in the Student Handbook under the title: INSTRUCTOR / ASSESSMENT OF PRACTICAL SESSION.

The evaluation of the Katame-waza is a score given by the instructor in percentage (%). The pass mark is 60%. If the student reaches the 60% or higher on the first attempt, that will be the result in Katame-waza. In this case, no second attempt is allowed. The student must achieve a minimum 80% score if they wish to progress to the Undergraduate Diploma in Judo Coach programme.

If the student fails on the first attempt, the student has a second attempt to carry out on the same day.

The evaluation of the demonstration is recorded on the Katame-waza examination sheet. The completed sheets are scanned and stored by the IJF Academy Management for further reference.

3. Calculation of the final result

The final result of the Undergraduate Certificate in Judo Instructor is calculated as follows:

  1. The result of the Paper Test or the Online Digital Test explained under point a) is indicated in percentage (%) – Result 1.
  2. The average result of the two practical examinations explained under the points d) and e), is indicated in percentage (%) – Result 2.
  3. The average of the Result 1 and 2 will form the final result of the Undergraduate Certificate in Judo Instructor course.
  4. The final result sheet can be downloaded by the students in PDF format from the profile section of the platform.
  5. The explained final result is only validated if the student has also successfully passed the (1) Beep test that is explained under point b) and the (2) Nage no Kata demonstration that is explained under point c).

The UCJI certificates are delivered directly to the students only by email in PDF format. The certificates are only delivered if the student has completed all the necessary requirements. In the case of the UCJI programme:

·       Successful completion of 13 Weekly Examinations. Pass mark: 60% in 1+1 attempts.

·       Successful demonstration of Beep test during the Practical Session.

·       Successful demonstration of Nage No Kata during the Practical Session.

·       Successful completion of Nage-Waza and Katame-Waza practical examinations during the practical week. Pass mark: 60%.

·       Submitted and uploaded a copy of the First Aid Certificate.

Students can find a copy of their certificate(s) in their profile section. The certificates can be downloaded

The UCJI programme requires candidates to have a First Aid Certificate (FAC). Such a certificate must be completed in the country of residence. A copy must be provided to IJF Academy to prove its completion. A copy of the First Aid Certificate must be uploaded in the profile section of the platform.

IJF Academy does not accept first aid higher education courses to fulfil this requirement.

The students can only receive their IJF Academy qualification if they have presented a copy of their FAC. If a student cannot present the copy of the FAC by the time of the Practical Session, even in case of the successful completion of the practical requirements, the student will not receive the IJF Academy qualification until the FAC is presented.

Each National Federation is responsible for its competitors (the control of non-pregnancy, as well as the control of gender) and must take all responsibility for the accident and health insurance as well as the civil liabilities for their competitors and officials during the Practical Session described in these outlines.

The organiser of the event and the IJF will not be responsible for any insurance related to the above-mentioned matters. Nevertheless, the National Judo Federation staging the Practical Session shall take all necessary actions to provide insurance coverage against civil liability for the entire duration.

The organiser of the Practical Session and the IJF have no liability for any claims of injury, illness or death arising from the participation and travelling in connection with this event.

It is estimated that over 20 Million judoka practice Judo around the world and a very small percentage go for the competition. The large majority of frequent Judo clubs and Judo centres. These clubs and centres require professional administration. The IJF Academy is, therefore, providing a new sector to help these administrators run professionally their federations, clubs and centres.

The Undergraduate Diploma in Judo Management course is intended to train administrators for effective work within judo federations, clubs and centres.

The IJF Academy is providing a new sector to help administrators run professionally the judo clubs and centres. It is essential to provide sport managers with access to a management course of international significance.

Minimum 18 years of age,

Nomination by a National Judo Federation affiliated to IJF.

Access to the internet.

English language knowledge.
   Those candidates who apply are advised to meet the following basic requirements in English and shall be able to:
  • Read articles and reports, concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt attitudes or viewpoints.
  • Write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to the course topics. Can also write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. Finally, can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.

Course fee
Students are obliged to pay the corresponding course fee (if any) according to the published payment schedule in the course information page. No refunds are given after payment for admissions unless the candidate is not enrolled in the course.

The Undergraduate Diploma in Judo Management course has 2 semesters.

Semester 1 includes 16 weeks in total.

The 12 weeks are dedicated to cover 12 subjects where the students also have to pass the examination. Weeks 13 to 16 (4 weeks in total) covers the period when the students must complete and upload their Diploma Project.

Semester 2 includes 8 weeks.

During these 8 weeks, the students must work in the previously accepted and confirmed judo sports organisation. This is called the Judo Work Placement. The students will have to implement the topic of their accepted Diploma Project in the judo sports organisation. During Semester 2, the students must upload 10 assignments according to the indicated schedules and deadlines during Semester 2.

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • discuss and explain general and specific information to other judo club members

  • write a document that critically analyses a judo challenge within their organisation and offers solutions based on the material presented

  • evaluate his own learning during the Judo Work Placement through a portfolio

  • study on his own through readings provided

  • produce a project as research of his own.

Semester 1 of the course is divided into 12 weekly modules and within each module, there are a number of generic sections:

  • there is a comprehensive section that gives the relevant information in an easy to read written form;
  • activities are also found in this section where the students may be required to think a little deeper about some of the information that has been presented;
  • in some modules, there are links to websites, reading and the like to further emphasise specific points and to give a deeper understanding by way of examples;
  • there are a range of lectures with narrated slides that examine aspects of the material presented during that module;
  • for those who wish to take their learning even deeper there are further resources presented in each module;
  • if the student achieves a minimum pass mark of 75% or higher in the tests of the 12 modules, the student is eligible to submit an assignment of a minimum of 4.500, maximum of 5.000 words in English within the end of Semester 1;
  • students, who pass the 12 online tests and reach the minimum of 60% pass mark in the assessment for their Diploma Project, they are eligible to enrol on Semester 2.

The selection of the potential students is the sole responsibility of the National Federations affiliated to IJF.

The nominated students must have a personal email address that will be used as access to the platform during their study period. NO email address of National Federations is accepted.

It is mandatory to use or set up a GMAIL address for this course (https://accounts.google.com/signup).

The IJF Academy will send an electronic invitation using the personal email address of the students to sign up. Using the email address and the selected password students sign in to the platform and start the course.

Follow the guide hereunder that helps the sign-up procedure.

1. Introduction to the Sport Management Environment

2. Governance Part 1

3. Governance Part 2

4. Personal Brand

5. Management Functions in Judo Organisations

6. A Closer Look at Boards and Committees

7. Sports Marketing Part 1

8. Sports Marketing Part 2

9. Fundraising and Sponsorship

10. Event Management Part 1

11. Event Management Part 2

12. Facility Management

According to the course rules and procedures, your participation and performance in the course are monitored by the system. It means that the student must achieve the appropriate progression rate by the end of Week 3, 6 and 9. This requires a focused and continuous study progress week by week.

The progression rate will be checked by the system on the first day of Week 5, 8 and 11, in order to provide the student the time to complete the Examination and Forum Post requirement of Weeks 3, 6 and 9.

Your progress will be is based on the successful completion of the following components:

  1. Examination results for a minimum 75% success rate in each module and,

  2. Completion of an acceptable Forum Post of a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 600 characters in each module.

Should the student not being able to comply with the progress of these components, the access of the student will be disabled and the student cannot continue the course.

During the online session, the students will study the 12 modules week by week.

The students must complete the Examinations, which opens on every Friday at midnight - from Friday to Saturday (Coordinated Universal Time) and covers the assessment of the module/subject. The Examination can be attempted a maximum of three times from the beginning date of the test opening until the deadline set out in the monitoring. The students must achieve a minimum of 75% or higher result during the maximum of three attempts. If the first or second attempt is successful (minimum 75% or higher) the system will not allow more attempts.

The students have 5 attempts for the Practice Test in each module/subject to make proper preparation for the Examination. The Practice Test opens every Wednesday at midnight - from Wednesday to Thursday (Coordinated Universal Time). The Trial test results do not have any influence on the overall result. Their purpose is to prepare the student for the Examination.

Review the completion of a minimum of 500 and a maximum fo 600 characters Forum Posts in each module/subject. The students must be active and post their comments mandatory focusing on the topic and activity by the instructors.

The eligible students to progress for the Diploma Project preparation and submission will receive information about the required format and content in the section Diploma Project Information on the Platform.

The students have to upload the completed Diploma Project only in PDF format in the indicated site in the Platform - Upload Space Diploma Project. The assignment cannot be uploaded in the profile section, under attachment function. Only those assignment will be evaluated, which were uploaded in the indicated site. No evaluation will be conducted for Diploma Project sent by email.

The IJF Academy Management conducts that plagiarism checkup before the Instructor starts the evaluation. The Grammarly software does plagiarism control. If the plagiarism result is higher than 15%, the submitted Diploma Project is rejected unless the proper quotation and references are available for review in the submitted document.

The Instructor has access to the page where the Diploma Project is uploaded to the Platform. The Instructor conducts the review and the assessment of the uploaded Diploma Project and provides the evaluation of the Platform. The assessment is provided in percentages (%), where the minimum passing rate is 60%.

The Instructor provides the grade in percentages in the Platform. The system opens an email page where the Instructor can give an additional comment on the Diploma Project. The Instructor uploads the written evaluation that will be sent to the student in PDF format by email. If the student fails for the first attempt, the student has the second and final attempt to upload the revised Diploma Project for evaluation before the end of the semester.

 

The students must upload ten assignments according to the schedule and deadline indicated during Semester 2.

Each assignment is acceptable if it reaches the posted assessment requirement.

The Undergraduate Diploma in Judo Management certificates is delivered directly to the students only by email in PDF format. The certificates are only delivered if the student has completed all the necessary requirements.

In the case of the Undergraduate Diploma in Judo Management:

  • Successful completion of 12 Weekly Examinations for a minimum of 75% or higher during the 3 attempts - Semester 1.
  • Completion of a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 600 characters Forum Posts in each module/subject - Semester 1.
  • The accepted Diploma Project that fulfils the requirements posted on the Platform - Semester 1.
  • The accepted Portfolio elements that fulfil the requirements posted on the Platform - Semester 2.

You can find the copy of your qualification in your Profile though where you can download it any time.