College Judo team raises funds with nude 2016 calendar

Friday, March 18, 2016

Nuno Gonçalves is a Braga, Portugal-based photojournalist, with a black belt in Judo, a degree in Education, and a french bulldog in his heart, always. He has worked at the University of Minho for a decade, serving as staff photographer for the university newspaper, UMDicas, and as coach of the Judo team.

Last year a group of university Judoka took their clothes off for a calendar, to raise funds for the UMinho Emergency Social Fund of the institution. Selling only from the campus bookstore, they raised over $9,000, and received a national ethics in sports award.

The project is a beautiful example of the concept of “Jita kyoei” (Mutual benefit), established by Judo founder Jigoro Kano. Such a spirit is perfected through Judo, thereby promoting the concept of mutual benefit and prosperity in the larger world.

For example, students from other sports at UMinho were so taken with the concept that this year they determined to repeat the feat. While the 2015 calendar was all Judoka, the 2016 version attracted students from others sports as well, including volleyball, handball and climbing. The students were in fields as diverse as Medicine, textile engineering, and polymer Engineering.

In total, 22 athletes get naked in the calendar.

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Images courtesy of Nuno Gonçalves
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