Jeon Ki Yong has held a seminar for 200 coaches in Prague ©IJF

South Korea’s Olympic champion Jeon Ki Yong has led a judo seminar for nearly 200 coaches in the Czech Republic’s capital city Prague.

Jeon, winner of the Olympic gold medal at Atlanta 1996 in the under-86 kilogram division, is one of his country’s most respected judokas, having also earned three world titles in 1993. 1995 and 1997.

Knee injuries curtailed his career, forcing him to retire at the early age of 25 having been unbeaten in both Olympic and World Championship competition.

Coaches from the Czech Republic were joined by those from Slovakia, Austria, Poland and France to receive guidance from the judoka, with International Judo Federation (IJF) head sports director Vladimir Barta and European Judo Union vice-president Michal Vachun welcoming Jeon.

“It our great pleasure and honour to welcome Mr. Jeon in Prague," Barta said.

“I am sure this seminar will improve the level of coaching in the Czech Republic.”

The South Korean guided the coaches on a variety of techniques
The South Korean guided the coaches on a variety of techniques ©IJF

Among the topics Jeon covered during his lecture was how to unbalance opposing judoka, while several other basic principles were also discussed.

He demonstrated his famous seoi-nage and guided the coaches on every important detail of the technique, showing several variations of the shoulder throw.

Jeon’s other favourite techniques, including the sode-tsuri-komi-goshi throw, were also demonstrated while further examples of techniques made famous by South Korean judoka were explained in detail during the five hour session.

“I thank you for your attention and your great work you have done during the seminar,” Jeon said afterwards.

“I hope that the seminar was helpful and will be fruitful in your further work in your clubs."

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