Combat Sports in Africa
Dr. Tsegaye Degineh and Jiujitsu sports development in Ethiopia.
December 02, 2021
Dr Tsegaye Degineh is the founder of the Judo & Ju-Jitsu Associations and Clubs in Ethiopia and is also the Vice President of the Ju-Jitsu African Union (JJAFU) and a member of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF) Ethics commission.
Dr Degineh answers the following questions regarding the development of Jiujitsu in Ethiopia:
- What is the current state of Jiujitsu and Judo in Ethiopia, how widely are both of these sports practices and by whom?
- How and why did you get involved in martial arts sports development in Ethiopia?
- What sports are the most popular in Ethiopia, from both the number of participants and also from public viewership, media consumption and overall popularity?
- What are some of the challenges you've encountered in trying to further promote the sports of jiujitsu and Judo in Ethiopia?
- Broadly speaking do most African country have a commonality of problems and challenges when it comes to sports development? Or are these problems generally unique to each country?
- What's some of the potential and opportunities for combat sports development in Ethiopia and for other Africa countries?
- How should one measure success when it comes to sports development in Ethiopia?
- Can you tell us some of the major milestones and achievements you and your team have been able to achieve, on and off the tatami? From Ethiopian athletes competing internationally and winning to major institutional sports development wins?
- Where do you see the state of Jiujitsu and Judo in Ethiopia?
- You've been doing this for many many years, as a martial artists, what inspires you to keep going and achieving your goals for the development of Jiujitsu and Judo in Ethiopia?
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