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Jun 13 UN & IJF: Conflict Resolution Through Judo

By Diego Osorio | June 13, 2014, 3:23 p.m. (ET)

Though it may seem ironic to use judo as a way of resolving conflict, that is the case in this clinic led by IJF’s Judo For Peace Head Director, Nicolas Messner. It is the discipline and thoughtfulness behind judo that guided the participants toward new perspectives to tackle their challenges.

The objective of the clinic was to show participants that from failure could come success; it is in the attitude and how a person embraces struggles that allows for self-improvement. IMG Academy delivered this message with a workshop on the importance of goal setting on Tuesday, June 10.

After the workshop, the International Judo Federation presented attendees with the history of judo and the importance of its founding principles of respect and honor, which are achieved through acting with integrity. The participants were then taken to the mats where they put rhetoric into practice. This presentation served as a framework for participants to see the importance of teamwork, commitment, intellect and balance when facing adversity. Not all conflicts in life require our engagement but we have to be mentally capable to deal with obstacles when they arise.

The conflict resolution through judo clinic was part of the United Nation’s International Sport and Social Impact Summit, which brought together 34 young athletic leaders from different countries.

“For several years, the IJF has been working hand in hand with the United Nations, and especially with the UNOSDP on the occasion of the Youth Leadership Training Camps. Two years ago, both signed a Memorandum of Understanding and this great event perfectly illustrates how we can work together for the betterment of the society. Judo is not only a sport. It is also an outstanding educational tool for the youth of the world.” Said Messner.