On 25th December 2022 Germany lost one of its most involved judo personalities as Mrs Ursula Braun, 87, passed away. For decades Uschi Braun walked the tatami as a photographer at all levels of competition from local to international level. She was also a pioneer of women's judo. Not only was she one of the first women with a federal referee A licence, she was also the first woman to hold a 6th dan in Germany.
During all those years, she successfully managed the judo department of PSV Heidelberg, engaged with heart and soul. Until a few years ago, she was still actively leading the children's training in her club.
Through her services as a press officer in the Baden Judo Association, she was known far beyond the borders of Baden-Württemberg. She was an honorary member of the Baden Judo Association and, on the occasion of her 80th birthday, she received a special IJF plaque from President Marius Vizer, during the Düsseldorf Grand Slam.
The international judo family expresses its heartfelt condolences to Ursula Braun's family and friends.