Conceptual vision

To achieve the aim to run JIGS as a long-term Go school, we envision three different lines:

Line I: Elite European Go School

Aim. Line I of JIGS aims to strengthen the Go skills of European children to finally compete with Asian Professionals. This aim should be achieved step-wise after several years. After five years, Line I should consist of 40 students in the age of 8 to 20 years.

Organization. The students will be grouped according to their playing strength. After five years we envision to build up four classes of about ten students each:

  • class IV from beginner to 3 kyu (usually about one year)
  • class III from 3 kyu to 3 dan (usually about two years)
  • class II from 3 dan to 6 dan (usually between two and three years)
  • class I from 6 dan to 8 dan (usually between two and three years)

One teacher always has the same class. Each student changes teacher about every two years, when getting stronger and changing the class.

Selection. The Line I Elite children will be selected by  Manja Marz and Youngsam Kim aiming for the following composition:


Children not fulfilling the expected strength can be also selected, but need to fulfill an indiviual 6-month plan in order to stay longer in the school.

Achievements. The progress of the students will be meassured by EGF-rating improvement and their achievements at the tournaments that the students attend. On average, each student is expected to participate in one tournament per month.

Schedule. The children will live with their teachers directly in the Go school to study as many hours of Go per week as possible. Children have the possibility to additionally visit normal school from Monday to Friday according to the German education system.
In Fig. 4 a detailed schedule can be seen. Daily lessons consist of

  • Solving Life and Death problems
  • Playing two league games per day
  • Self-study time (including AI training)
  • Lessons
  • Teaching Games

Additionally, each child of Line I will participate in weekly sport sessions for a healthy development.

Language. The spoken language in the JIGS teaching lessons is English. At other times, the language can vary between German and English, depending on the person in charge.

Costs. The Line I Elite European Go School students pay a monthly fee of 350 € for teaching and accomodation or 500 €, including additionally food expenses. Tournament prizes will be owned by JIGS. Half of the prize money will transfered to the parents though.

Teachers. After five years of establishment, each of the four classes will have one teacher. A professional will teach class I students (6–8 dan), Youngsam Kim (8 dan) will teach class II students (3–6 dan), another strong amateur will teach class III students (3 kyu–3 dan) and a strong european amateur will teach class IV students (beginners to 3 kyu). Unless teachers want to stay longer, we expect teachers to stay for a duration of one year only. Strong Asian amateurs are likely to come for one year for work experience abroad. Therefore they will employed based on a  “Honorarvertrag”.

Younger children and parents. Young children have the possibility to be accompanied by their parents at JIGS.

What if my child gets older than 20 years? The JIGS-student is asked to leave Line I when turning 20. The student can continue studying anytime in Line II. In case not all places are filled, the student might stay longer in Line I depending, on a decision by the management.


Interaction with other Go players in Europe. The students should compete with Go players with similar strength as often as possible. We envision the following instruments to perform this task:

  • JIGS-students shall to travel to Go tournaments every month tournaments
  • JIGS will ask professionals living in or visiting Europe to come and teach our students
  • We will regularly interact, exchange and compete with EGF Go Academy students
  • We will regularly interact, exchange and compete with In-seong’s Yunguseng Dojang students
  • We will compete online with students from Chinese, South Korean and Japanese Go schools
  • We will offer students from Asian Go schools to visit our Go school and exchange students

We would like to see the school first. At any time potential future students can visit our Go school together with their parents for several days and weeks. The fees for Line I students will apply accordingly. For potential Line III students, the Go Bootcamp for Kids is an elegant way to get to know the other JIGS-students, teachers and environment. This time can also used to interact with and select a national school.

Line II: International Go School

Aim. Line II of JIGS aims to strengthen Go players in general. There is no age limit. Each Go player can choose to join the International Go School on a daily basis or for a longer time period up to months. On average we envision 6 to 10 Go students of any age.

Selection. For Line II – International Go School students there is a less stringent selection process by Youngsam Kim and Manja Marz. Line II students can enter the teaching at any point of time.

Organisation. Line II students and Line I students do not study together. The teachers of Line II students vary each lesson and day. League games are played within the groups of Line I students.

Schedule. Fig. 4 provides a schedule for Line II students. Language. Line II students can speak English at any time. Teaching will take place in English.

Fees. The Line II International Go School students pay a fee according to their duration of stay:

  • 1 day: 70 €
  • 1 week: 350 €
  • 1 month: 1,000 €
  • 3 months: 2,500 €

Accomodation and Teaching is included in this fee. Food needs to be arranged by the students themselves.

Line III: Go Bootcamp for Children

Aim. Line III of JIGS aims to spread Go among European children combined with a lot of fun. The bootcamp will be organized four times a year, usually during holiday for one week each. Each bootcamp will consist of 15 students with an age ranging from 8 to 20 years.

Selection. The Line III Bootcamp participants will be selected by Manja Marz and Youngsam Kim.

Schedule. The children will live with their teachers directly in the Go school. The bootcamp will contain:

  • Daily Life and Death problems
  • Daily league games
  • Daily self-study time
  • Daily lessons
  • Daily teaching Games
  • Tournament

but also

  • Daily and varying sports activities
  • Go Night walk
  • Go Disco
  • Go treasure hunt
  • Go tattoos
  • Go swimming

Language. The spoken language in JIGS for teaching is English, unless all children speak the same language and bring a translator.

Costs. The Line III Go Bootcamp for children will cost 350 € per child per week. Food, accommodation, teaching and all fun activities are included.