UNIÓN PANAMERICANA DE JUDO

UNIÃO PANAMERICANA DE JUDÔ

PANAMERICAN JUDO UNION

UNION PANAMERICAINE DE JUDO

 

No. 3041

 

August 8th 2002.

 

Santo Domingo, D.N.

Dominican Republic.

 

 

To All National Federations:

 Re: 50th Anniversary of Panamerican Judo

 

Distinguished Members:

 

According to the data which we have, the First Pan-American Judo Championship was held in the year 1952 in Havana, Cuba, which obvious causes that the 2002 we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pan-American Judo.

 

To the aims to make an agreed celebration with the date, during the Pan-American Senior Championship in Santo Domingo from the 4 to the 11 of November 2002, we will make a special program and in this sense that we asked for its opinions, contributions of historical materials, etc.

 

Waiting for your contributions,

 

Jaime Casanova

President


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History of the Pan-American Judo Union

 DEVELOPMENT:

After the end of World War II, the expansion of Judo around the world started, not only as a martial art, but also as a philosophy of life and a discipline. The Japanese teachers of Judo invaded some of the Latin American countries and with the passing of times it has been showing its results. Even without a defined project originated from the beginning, the aims are being achieved.

Thus, in 1952, the 1st Pan-American Superior Judo Championship was conducted in the Havana, Cuba. The categories were divided by grades (DANES) and classes (KYU) disregarding the weight of participants.

By this way, Judo started to evolve in its activities and categories began to be formed under the International Olympic Committee’s pressure, who introduced our discipline into the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, as an exhibition sport. It is essentially this lack of clear and precise rules what made us recess in 1968, in the Mexico Olympic Games, until 1976, year when we started again in Montreal, Canada.

Because of this, after the 5th Pan-American Superior Judo Championship for Men, conducted in Guatemala in 1965, it was the first time that competitions were carried out regarding divisions of weight, instead of competence between Danes and KYU categories.

Pan-American Judo was exclusively for men, until 1980, when the Pan-American Judo Union officially introduced the female judo during the XII Pan-American  Judo Championship in the city of Asuncion, Isla Margarita, Venezuela, what made it the 1st Pan-American  Judo Championship for Women.

As part of this work, taking into account what the real historic value of the Pan-American Championships conducted so far means, we now point out in its corresponding chronological order, the version, venue of the event, and so on, in order to make it useful as a promotion of the effort of the hostess cities and countries, as follows:

a.. I Pan-American Judo Championship, 1952, La Havana,  Cuba (Men)
b.. II Pan-American Judo Championship, 1956, La Havana,  Cuba (Men)
c.. III Pan-American Judo Championship, 1958, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Men).
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IV Pan-American Judo Championship, 1960, City of Mexico, Mexico (Men).
e.. V Pan-American Judo Championship, 1965, City of Guatemala, Guatemala (Men).
f.. VI Pan-American Judo Championship, 1968, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Men).
g..
VII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1970, Londrina, Brazil (Men).
h.. VIII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1972, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Men).
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IX Pan-American Judo Championship, 1974, City of Panama, Panama (Men).
j.. X Pan-American Judo Championship, 1976, Maracaibo, Venezuela (Men).
k.. XI Pan-American Judo Championship, 1978, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Men).
l.. XII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1980, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela (Men) and I Pan-American Judo Championship, 1980, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela (Women).
m..
XIII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1982, Santiago de Chile, Chile (Men) and II Pan-American Judo Championship, 1982, Santiago de Chile, Chile (Women).
n.. XIV Pan-American Judo Championship, 1985, La Havana, Cuba (Men) and III Pan-American Judo Championship, 1985, La Havana, Cuba (Women).
o.. XV Pan-American Judo Championship, 1986, Salinas, Puerto Rico (Men) and IV Pan-American Judo Championship, 1986, Salinas, Puerto Rico (Women).
p.. XVI Pan-American Judo Championship, 1988, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Men) and V Pan-American Judo Championship, 1988, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Women).
q.. XVII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1990, Caracas, Venezuela (Men) and VI Pan-American Judo Championship, 1990, Caracas, Venezuela (Women).
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XVIII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1992, Hamilton, Canada (Men) and VII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1992, Hamilton, Canada (Women).
s.. XIX Pan-American Judo Championship, 1994, Santiago de Chile, Chile (Men) and VIII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1994, Santiago de Chile, Chile (Women).
t.. XX Pan-American Judo Championship, 1996, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Men) and IX Pan-American Judo Championship, 1996, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Women).
u.. XXI Pan-American Judo Championship, 1997, Guadalajara, Mexico (Men) and X  Pan-American Judo Championship, 1997, Guadalajara, Mexico (Women).
v.. XXII Pan-American Judo Championship, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Men) and XI Pan-American Judo Championship, 1998, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Women).
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XXIII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1999, Montevideo, Uruguay (Men) and XII Pan-American Judo Championship, 1999, Montevideo, Uruguay (Women).
x.. XXIV Pan-American Judo Championship, 2000, Orlando, Florida, USA (Men) and XIII Pan-American Judo Championship, 2000, Orlando, Florida. (Women), I Kata  and Team, Men and Women; I Ippon Trophy Award. (Athlete of the century award).
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XXV Pan-American Judo Championship, 2001, Cordoba, Argentina (Men) and XIV Pan-American Judo Championship, 2001, Cordoba, Argentina, (Women), II  Kata and Team; II Ippon Trophy Award.

The  Pan-American Games have been a very significant part of the Judo development in America. It is fair to know that during the organization of these events, considered as one of the most important Continental Sports Games due to the participation of a great number of countries from all the Pan-American Continent. Regarding judo, it appeared for the first time in the program of the VI Pan-American Sports Game that were conducted in the city of Sao Paolo in 1963, only with the masculine judo and as a sport of exhibition. In 1983, twenty years (20) after the first appearance of the masculine judo, the feminine judo showed up for the first time in the Pan-American Judo Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, and lasted until nowadays.

In the following, it is pointed out every Championship from their start:

a.. IV Pan-American Sports Games, Sao Paolo, Brazil 1963 (Men).
b.. V Pan-American Sports Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba 1967 (Men).
c.. VII Pan-American Sports Games, city of Mexico, Mexico 1975 (Men).
d.. VIII Pan-American Sports Games, San Juan, Puerto Rico 1979 (Men).
e.. IX Pan-American Sports Games, Caracas, Venezuela 1983 (Men and Women).
f.. X Pan-American Sports Games, Indianapolis, USA 1987 (Men and Women).
g.. XI Pan-American Sports Games, La Havana, Cuba 1991 (Men and Women).
h.. XII Pan-American Sports Games, Mar del Plata, Argentina 1995 (Men and Women).
i.. XIII Pan-American Sports Games, Winnipeg, Canada 1999 (Men and Women).

Our sport, a discipline per excellence, has not been limited to superior events taking into account our organization of Pan-American Superior Judo Championships Juvenile, for Men and Women who have developed in accordance with a work chronogram certainly fulfilled.

At present, Pan-American Superior Championships, Juvenile and Infantile are organized, all of them for men and women, and it is essential to highlight that during the year 2001 the I Pan-American Infantile Judo Championship was conducted in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and in the year 2002 the II Pan-American Infantile Judo Championship was also carried out in Lima, Peru.

Moreover, within the wide frame of this program of activities, South American Championships and Central American and Caribbean Championships, among others, are included as Judo events within the frame of different sports regional organizations such as ODESUR, ODEPA, ODECABE, and so on.

The Pan-American Judo Union has had a permanent development going through different times and circumstances from the 50’s until now, which has made each experience worth living. Thus, our athletes have placed their names in various international events where they have participated according to the Olympic Games, World Superior Juvenile Judo Championships, European Circuit, etc.

The 90´s have resulted in a rise of activities in the geographic area of all America, when from 1994, the Pan-American Judo Circuit started with a series of assembly line events corresponding to Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. These events have marked a great difference in our technical and competitive development.

During the institutional life of our Pan-American Judo Union, different executives have contributed to occupy the place of our discipline in international and continental levels, having the following people as executives:

Frank Hatashita Canada 1968 -1972
Carlos Bislip Aruba 1972 -1976
Radhames Torruella Puerto Rico 1976 -1980
Miguel Fernández Argentina 1980 -1984
Sarkis Kaloghian Argentina 1984 -1988
Frank Carbó Puerto Rico 1988 -1992
Frank Carbó Puerto Rico 1992 -1996
Sergio Adib Bahi Brasil 1996 -1999

Jaime Casanova

República Dominicana 1999 - 2004

The Pan-American Judo Union Foundation begins, according to what is known,  in the year 1968. However, as we have been pointing out since 1952, for 47 years, our sportive life in judo remained all over the American Continent.

Jaime Casanova

Note: This work has been presented on May 25th 1999, precisely the day of the decease of President Segio Adib Bahi, and at present has been corrected.

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