Brunei judo team leaves for Japan

James Kon

Seventeen participants representing the Brunei Darussalam National Judo Federation left for Japan to participate in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Exchange Programme that commenced yesterday and will end on January 29.

This is the second judo-themed delegation from Brunei for the exchange programme, the first was in 2017. Participants are from the Judo Academy Sports School, Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College’s Judo Club, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Judo Club, Khalifa MMA and The Refinery KB.

During their stay in Japan, the Brunei delegation will be visiting several cultural landmarks as well as specific judo venues such as the Kodokan Judo Institute where judo originated from.

At the Kodokan Judo, the participants will have lectures on judo history as well as training. They will also be visiting some university judo clubs including Setsunan University and Japan Sports Science University.

In preparation for the visit, participants went through rigorous training at the Judo Academy Sports School Brunei for nearly two months. According to the Coach of Brunei Sports School Judo Academy Muhammad Ali Rashid bin Haji Mohammad Alipah, “The participants come from different backgrounds and levels of experience but all came together and worked hard individually and as a team in preparation for the exchange.”

On behalf of the Brunei Darussalam National Judo Federation, he said, “We thank the Japanese Government and all agencies involved in organising the programme and granting our members this golden opportunity to experience Judo and Japanese culture in Japan.”

The Brunei Sports School Judo opened its doors to the public in 2017 and continues to provide a venue for the community to practise judo in Brunei.

Brunei Darussalam National Judo Federation delegation at Brunei International Airport. PHOTO: BRUNEI DARUSSALAM NATIONAL JUDO FEDERATION