Origin of the Marcel Clause contest


1 Introduction
2 History
3 Location
4 Conclusion

I would like to thank all those who have contributed directly or indirectly to this adventure and the success of this tournament. They contributed to the development of the kata not only in part French but also at the national level.
This is why the history of this tournament is closely linked to the development of the "official" international competition.


In Belgium Kata tournaments and competitions, first national, then regional, had already been organized in the past.
Then nothing ... until 2003. In October of that same year the UEJ proposes to its member nations to send their observers to Kecskemet (Hungary) to evaluate the interest of organizing an (Official) European Championship. Kata. In fact, it is the WMA * (World Master Association) which has already for almost ten years the quasi-monopoly on the organization of competitions Kata and "Masters".

Messrs CLAUSE and KOZLOWSKI are sent as observers for the FFBJ. Their conclusions will include:
"It seems to us that it would be interesting to promote this kind of activity in order to be able to present candidates at the next championships ..."
"... It means we have all the assets in hand to prepare candidates for this kind of competition."

Mr. CLAUSE also entrusted Michel Kozlowski with a "Michel, you should be there ..." showing the tatami and the Jury table.
He thus expressed the wish to see among the competitors and judges kata international Francophone judokas.

The machine was launched and the Pedagogical Unit headed by Michel JOUNIAUX will be given the mission to discover potential candidates and promote the activity. Unfortunately, only a few months after returning from Hungary, Marcel CLAUSE will die (27 April 2004).

In May 2004, the EJU organizes in Rome its first seminar for future European kata judges.
Daniel GULDEMONT and Michel KOZLOWSKI will be sent as representatives of the FFBJ and Eric VEULEMANS and Raymond De CLERCQ will represent the VJF. The beginnings of a kata evaluation harmonization system will thus see the light of day.
To be able to organize Kata competitions, enough judges are needed. The FFBJ will train senior officials on how to appreciate the role of Tori and Uke in competitions which is anything but grade appreciation where only Tori is assessed.

It remains now to find the competitors and it is within the pedagogic cell emulation will emerge.
Philippe ISTAT will embark on the adventure and bring in Philippe NEIRYNCK. They will quickly form a formidable pair not only in Nage No Kata, their favorite kata but also in other kata.

October 28, 2004, in Saint-Petersburg will take place the first official kata tournament of the UEJ but it will not yet have the title of European Championship. There will also be no Belgian competitor engaged, however four Belgian judges will be involved.

All the ingredients are there, an organization, judges and competitors.


On December 5, 2004, will be held the first Kata Tournament of this new era, organized by the Pedagogical Cell of the FFBJ and will be called "Contest Kata Marcel CLAUSE". A first edition certainly modest, with a dozen benefits
but already for some of an excellent level.

The following editions will evolve with more or less success according to the dates of organizations:
2005 - 8 services
2006 - 28 services
2007 - 29 services
2008 - 26 services
2009 - 15 services
2010 - 19 services
2011 - 23 performances - This 8th edition has been labeled "European Tournament" by the U.E.J. (European Judo Union).

This recognition is not unrelated to the presence of 14 competitors from neighboring countries
(France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands)


The tournament grew by obtaining recognition at the U.E.J. , this label is a consecration of everyone's efforts for the success of this contest. The idea of ​​an international kata course following the competition is gaining ground. In 2012 we will certainly have the opportunity to organize it.
M.K. - D.D. - P.N.
* World Master Association is an American-Canadian organization that organizes Kata Continental and Masters Championships and Masters (Veterans). These Championships are not recognized by the UEJ and the IFJ, which until now did not organize them