Conference 2019

The Commonwealth Judo Association 
The 1st Commonwealth Judo Conference

Saturday 28 September 2019

0900 – 1200 Room: WH123
University of Wolverhampton
Walsall Campus, Gorway Road, Walsall, West Midlands. WS1 3EZ. UK

Conference Proceedings now available. (Download booklet below)

Programme Announced (Download Flyer below)


Arrival and refreshments





Rick Kenney, President, Commonwealth Judo Association



Opening Address

Peter Blewett, Chairman, Judo England



Keynote Address:

The role of judo in reducing the Fear of Falling among older people

Dr Mike Callan, Education Director, Commonwealth Judo Association



Relationship between seeding and medal winning in International Judo Competitions

Geert Claes, Head Coach, Judoclub Lebbeke



Participation in IJF events by Commonwealth Nations and Athletes

Lance Wicks, International Judo Federation, Computer Team







Ladies of The Commonwealth: The development of women’s judo through the early twentieth century

Dr Amanda Spenn, University of Wolverhampton



The efficacy of Judo on young people with social, emotional, behavioural or other additional support needs

Jim Feenan, Director, Fighting Chance



The Application of the Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS) model to national judo federations in the Commonwealth

Temba Hlasho, President, Judo South Africa



Closing Remarks

Dr Mike Callan


General Information

Mr Rick Kenney, President of the Commonwealth Judo Association is pleased to announce the 1st Commonwealth Judo Conference. The Conference will be held in parallel with the Commonwealth Judo Championships, in Walsall, England on Saturday 28 September 2019.

The 1st Commonwealth Judo Conference will include presentations of scholarly and practical works related to any aspect of judo. Such areas may include, but are not limited to, topics related to the sport aspect of judo, including exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, injury rehabilitation, nutrition, and the like. Topics may also include any area of judo history, philosophy, culture, or values as well. The overall theme is the development of judo in the Commonwealth.

The audience will be mixed and include coaches, judoka, officials, academics and the wider judo family. Presenters, please bear this in mind when communicating your research. The final schedule shall include proposals accepted for presentation as well as an invited programme.

Rules for Participation

Any researcher involved in scientific or interpretative studies of judo may submit up to three proposal abstracts for consideration.

Persons with accepted presentations must participate at the time scheduled by the CJA or arrange to have the presentation presented by an appropriate substitute. Presentations are generally between 12-15 minutes total length, plus time for questions and answers.

Submission Instructions

The following information must be submitted to be considered for presentation:

1. A Proposal Cover Sheet including author names, titles, and affiliations. (ORCiD number if available).

2. Individual Presentation Abstract (300 words or less each)

3. Abstracts must be submitted in English.

Send on a MS Word document via email attachment to:

Professor Mike Callan, CJA Education Director – email:

Deadline for presentations proposals: 28 August 2019

Decisions concerning acceptance or rejection of the proposals will be made within one week after the submission deadline. Accepted applicants will be individually responsible for making their own travel and lodging accommodation arrangements to and from the Conference.

All inquiries should be via email to

Further details at the CJA website:

We look forward to your participation in this event!

Mike Callan,
28 Jul 2019, 11:31
Mike Callan,
12 Sept 2019, 05:08