CORRADO CROCERI INTRODUCES THE TRE TORRI 2008

Twenty-four editions, two encounters with Brazil (1991 and 1992) and so many other initiatives have enriched the programme of the event throughout the years. The TRE TORRI Tournament, which started in 1983, is setting off for an important finishing line: 25 years of existence! A finishing line that it was possible to reach thanks to the effort and the passion with which we went forward with the project. Countless generations of judoka (judo practitioners) have successively taken their place upon the “TRE TORRI” Tatami , we have met and have made many people from every part of the world come together. We believed in a dream which came true!

Twenty-five years paint the mind with so many memories, episodes, successes, sometimes unexpected ones, but also ones of hard work and much difficulty which, in one way or the other, had to be faced and overcome.

Here, we express our gratitude to all those who, taking part in the “TRE TORRI”, lent energy to our project and who made this event one-of-a-kind in the world. We cannot hide the fact that there were times of difficulty, times when we had the feeling that we had got everything wrong, times when the doubt that we were not going in the right direction crept in.

I remember that in 1998, when I met my friend, KATSUHIKO KASHIWAZAKI, in competition (who took part in the “TRE TORRI” as Coach for the mixed team of TOKAI and IBU, which are two prestigious Japanese universities), I expressed my doubts on the value of the “TRE TORRI”:

“Dear friend, do not be worried about this – he said – through this project you are helping so many young people to grow with Judo and become men, and this is what really matters.”

Today, I realise that those words held great meaning for me and at that precise time they helped me follow a certain path which was not without its difficulties. Our intention is that, by way of that event that is organised by us, we may be present at the birth of a new era of Judo.

We need to make it understood that sporting prowess, which each one of us is so content in appreciating, is not the aim of Judo Kodokan.

We believe and understand that in sporting terms, and therefore in competition, the “TRE TORRI” event represents the instrument by which we gain access to a purpose of a high moral nature. The goal of Judo, in the thinkings of its founder (J. Kano), is not to outdo the competitors that we meet, rather we contribute to the growth of individuals who make up society.

Only thus does society recognise the educational value of our discipline and only thus can judoka (practitioners) breathe elitist air.

Corrado Croceri