From July 2022, the German Judo Federation (DJB) and its state associations started a Germany-wide judo safari tour. The motto was: “The judo safari between poisonous green snake and roaring brown bear! Get out of the dojo, into the zoo!”.
In addition to the actual judo safari, consisting of six exciting hands-on activities, the locations were a special highlight. Zoos and animal parks from all over Germany have opened their doors to sports-loving kids and young judoka. We were on site with the camera at the Görlitz Zoo and, together with those responsible, recorded what makes the judo safari in the zoos special:
Animal fun at the zoo…
When do you ever have the opportunity to master exciting challenges between monkeys, bears, snakes and the like?!
Advertising for the sport of judo
In addition to many sports-loving children and young people, various media representatives were also present at the judo safari and took up the idea behind the safari campaign and made it public. The result was interesting articles for regional and national newspapers as well as three exciting TV reports.
As part of the kick-off event at Rostock Zoo, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) produced a nice report for the Nordmagazin and an interesting radio interview with DJB development manager Loretta Theis.
Local time presenter Gina Niemeier was able to convince herself of the judo safari in the green zoo of Wuppertal. Bear wrestling, belt target throw and other challenges awaited the sporty offspring. In contrast to the kids, Gina didn’t master all the challenges, but the DJB still gave her the coveted Yoko patch as a small souvenir.
There was also a lot going on in Neunkirch Zoo and there was a great atmosphere. Anyone who missed the report by Saarländisches Rundfunk can catch up in the media library (from 34:30 minutes).
The Judo Safari toured Germany from July to September. were 15 Judo-Safaris in 9 states carried out. The state associations from Bavaria, Berlin, Saxony, Baden, Württemberg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Rhineland and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania took part in the judo safari and with a total of 58 clubs and 280 helpers ensured a smooth process and a great atmosphere on site. Whether in the Leipzig Zoo, in the small animal park in Göppingen, in the wildlife park in Lüneburg Heath or one of the other animal locations, the many volunteers have contributed to the success of the judo safari. A big thank you at this point!
Total have about 3500 Kinder and young people took part in the judo safari, including young judokas, but also many children and young people who were enthusiastic about sports.
The judo safari was accompanied on the DJB’s website and social media channels. In addition, regional and national media have reported on the Judo Safari in newspaper articles, TV reports and on the radio. A great advertisement for the sport of judo!