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September 18, 2015
IJF News - 18 September, 2015
Kata & Veteran World Championships 2015, Amsterdam
The IJF Kata and Veteran World Championships 2015 have attracted over 1,300 competitors to the heart of Europe to test themselves on the highest level from 19 – 24 September at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Following August’s IJF Cadet World Championships in Sarajevo (BIH) and Senior World Championships in Astana (KAZ), the stage is set for the world’s finest kata exponents who have descended on the Dutch capital to show their breathtaking skill and artistry.
The kata specialists will compete on Saturday and Sunday in front of a captive audience. For those initiated with this form of the Olympic sport, kata is a ritualised practice of techniques in a prearranged fashion. Each kata is practiced by pairs in a precise and prescribed manner with flawless execution.
The Kata World Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday
Judoka aged from 30 through to their 80s will participate in the Veteran Championships which runs from Monday to Thursday and includes Sydney 2000 Olympic champion, the Netherlands’ own all-time great, Mark HUIZINGA, 42, who will fight on Tuesday in the M3 age group (40-44) and his favoured -90kg category.
Veteran competitors must be aged 30 and above and must hold a minimum 1st Kyu (brown belt) rank to test their skills on the Veteran stage where each contest has a maximum duration of three minutes.
The official draw of the Kata World Championships 2015
The official draw for the kata competition took place on Friday evening at the official hotel (Novotel) as the delegations - including a highly-distinguished group of experts from the Kodokan – discovered this year’s entry in Amsterdam.
It was revealed that 106 pairs will compete in kata competition from 30 countries, compared to 27 countries being represented last year in Malaga. Each country can enter 7 pairs in total and each country can enter 2 pairs per discipline.
Ahead of the competition, in his official programme notes, Mr. Willem Jan STEGEMAN, Dutch Judo Federation President, spoke of his hopes for the competition.
"We are very proud that the judo world championships kata and veterans will take place in the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
"The International Judo Federation (IJF) has awarded this great event to the Dutch Judo Federation (JBN). We are grateful that the IJF trust in us to provide all participants, referees and guests with well-organised championships. Judo has always been an important sport within the Netherlands. Once every four year millions of people see Dutch judoka fighting for Olympic success. Meanwhile, in every village young children start to practice judo. And they will benefit from it throughout their lives.
"Judo is a perfect sport to practice for your whole life. More and more the JBN succeeds to further promote judo as a sport for veterans and kata. We believe the organisation of the world championships will once more stimulate everyone to become involved in judo (again).
"We are confident that we will provide an excellent tournament for every judoka, coach, referee and official. Enjoy your stay with us.”
At the draw, Mrs. Ans van de KERKHOF, Judo Bond Netherlands Board Member, said: "I welcome you all to Amsterdam, we are very proud to be hosting you all for the Kata and Veteran World Championships. I wish you all a pleasant stay here and a successful competition. Thank you all for your support and I look forward to meeting you all over the next week.”
Mr. Franco CAPELLETTI, IJF Kata Commission Director and IJF Hall of Famer, said: "Hello everyone, it is a pleasure to see you all here. Everyone here has an important role ahead of them and I wish you all the very best. We are looking forward to an exciting and successful competition in Amsterdam.”
Saturday - Kata
Categories: Nage no kata, Katame no kata, Ju no kata
Sunday - Kata
Categories: Kime no kata, Kodokan Goshin-Jutsu
Monday - Veterans
Categories: M6, M7, M8, M9
Tuesday - Veterans
Categories: M1, M3
Wednesday - Veterans
Categories: M4, M5
Thursday - Veterans
Categories: M2/All women’s divisions
Location: Sporthallen Zuid
IJF Media & Communications Department
Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager
Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director
Photos © IJF Media by M. Pickering