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Apply now for Semester 2 openings for the IJF Academy's essential Judo Instructor Certificate

The IJF Academy is seeking new students for its Semester 2 intake of the Undergraduate Certificate as a Judo Instructor. This international qualification is essential for coaches working in the high performance arena.

Comprising online study followed by a practical component that must be passed to complete the course and secure the IJF Coaching Licence, the Undergraduate Certificate as a Judo Instructor is the minimum requirement for coaches wishing to guide athletes in IJF World Tour events. It also provides an academic and employment pathway that is recognised by the more than 200 National Judo Federations affiliated with the IJF. 

Students enrolling in this course must do so via Judo Australia, with all costs to be borne by the student and due on enrolment.  Full details of costs and course requirements are outlined on the IJF Academy’s course page at  Specific criteria do apply: coaches must be aged at least 18 years of age, have achieved their black belt in judo, hold valid membership of a country federation affiliated with the IJF (such as Judo Australia), and fitness levels capable of completing the practical component.

If you wish to commence study in Semester 2, please contact Jaq Nunan ( before Thursday, July 11.

Judo Australia is in talks with the IJF Academy to host a practical unit for the Class of 2024 in Melbourne, potentially saving Australians and other Oceania region coaches thousands of dollars.  

Maria Pekli, Judo Australia’s general manager of Performance Pathways and Combat Australia’s technical head – judo, urged all Australian coaches to pursue this opportunity. 


“I will be asking all of our coaches for the National teams to undertake this qualification if they don’t already have it. For coaches looking to move into high performance roles, this course is essential to coaching the World Championships, the Grand Slams, the Grand Prix events.” 







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