Judoland.isJudoland.is Heimir Haraldsson Norđurlandameistari 2001 Vallarskeifan Höskuldur og Snćvar í léttri sveiflu

Judo in Iceland
Since the first Judo practises began in 1956, Icelandic Judo players have been developing their skills and getting stronger - year by year. Iceland competed at the Olympics games for the first time in 1976. In 1984, Bjarni Friđriksson (6th dan) won a bronze medal - only the second Icelandic person to ever win a medal at the Olympics.
The first Judo club was founded in 1957 and called Judodeild Ármanns. Ten years later, the second judo club was founded called Judofélag Reykjavíkur. These two clubs influenced the spirit and growth of Judo for the first few years. However, as the years went on - Judo clubs started in different locations in Iceland and today there are 3 large clubs in Iceland, Judodeild Ármanns (Reykjavík) - Judofélag Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík) and Judodeild KA (Akureyri).

The Icelandic Judo Federation (I.J.F.) was founded on 28th January 1973, and at that time 7 clubs were active in Iceland. The first president of the Icelandic Judo Federation was Eysteinn Ţorvaldsson and with him in the federation there where Jón Ö. Ţormóđsson, Óttar Halldórsson, Sigurđur H. Jóhannsson and Ţórhallur Stígsson.

The first Icelandic Judo Championship was held in 1970, 3 years before the formation of the I.J.F. by the Icelandic clubs and the Icelandic Sports Council. At the 1970 Championship, 24 players competed; 12 from Judofélag Reykjavíkur, 11 from Judodeild Ármanns and 1 player from Vestmannaeyjar. At that tournament, Judofélag Reykjavíkur was in first and second place and Judodeild Ármanns took third place. Svavar Carlsen took first place and got the title Judo Champion of Iceland and held this title for many years! Svavar was unbeatable and competed for Iceland on the national team.

Today there are ten judo clubs in Iceland, but each has a different level of activity. The clubs are located in Reykjavík, Akureyri, Selfoss, Grindavík, Vogar, Hella, Egilsstöđum, Ólafsvík and Sauđárkrókur. All together there are about 1000 people that are in judo in Iceland, but of that number - there are only about 200~250 people that compete in the Judo tournaments here in Iceland.

There are always about 15~20 international competitors and in the winter of 1999 - 2000, we had 5 Judo players in the top 20 on the Olympic list of best players in Europe.

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