With great sadness in our heart we inform ju-jitsu community that Eugène Domagata passed away yesterday, 11 September 2017. We have lost a loving and positive person!
Eugène started his Martial Arts career as judoka in Valentiney Doubs in 1956 and achieve his black belt in 1964. A passion to sport and military brought him to Air Force where he, among others, transfer his knowledge to his comrades in arms. After 17 years in service in Air Force and Military his first appointment was a technical adviser for youth and sport in Auxerre (Burgundy) after which he devotedly served on many positions, responsible for education and training. Among others he enjoyed flying (he had a private civil pilot licence), loving music ad photography. As he said many times, he could make his hobbies and passions his career which gave him opportunity to put his heart in his work.
Giving the respect to the self-defence principles and practical application of the Martial Arts ju-jitsu was his love and passion to the end. Not only on the club, local, regional and national level, as Eugene hold many important technical positions within JJEU and JJIF as well in the FFJDA (Fédération Française de Judo Judo, Jujitsu, Kendo et disciplines associées). His trainings and lectures, giving all around the world on many seminars on a club, regional and national level, were always hard but also full of fun and lough – the quality to make one laughing with small jokes and big smile never left him.
His visions and long-term commitment to develop Ju-Jitsu on all continents was part of his life mission, invested with waste amount of technical and practical experiences. He served years as Sport Director in the JJEU (up to 2012) and received Life Time Achievement Award at the European Ju-Jitsu Championship in Waldorf, Germany in 2013. On the same occasion JJIF awarded him with 9th dan in Ju-Jitsu.
Last year’s Eugène served as General Manager in the JJIF, struggling for better organisation and management to promote and develop Ju-Jitsu worldwide and helping bring it closer to the Olympic.
We have lost a true professional, expert, humanist and friend, a man with great heart and vision, devoted Ju-Jitsu practitioner, teacher and sensei. We express our deepest feelings of sympathy to Eugene’s family.
Eugène Domagata last good bye will be on Friday, 15 September 2017. At 14:15 for close family (232 Boulevard de Sainte-Marguerite, 13009 Marseille, France), 15:30 crématorium ceremony (380 Rue Saint-Pierre, 13005 Marseille, France).