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Yamashita named new All Japan Judo Federation president

Yasuhiro Yamashita, the men’s open-weight category gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, was appointed as the new chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation on Friday. Yamashita replaces 71-year-old Shoji Muneoka following voting from new board members selected the same day. The 60-year-old Yamashita is now responsible for ...

Ojitani edges Wolf to defend national judo title

/ Apr 29, 2017

Ojitani edges Wolf to defend national judo title

Takeshi Ojitani secured his second straight national championship on Saturday, winning the open-weight tournament for the third time in his career after defeating Aaron Wolf on points in the golden score extra period. Ojitani, who won the title for the first time in 2014, ...

Asahina earns berth at judo worlds with national win

/ Apr 16, 2017

Asahina earns berth at judo worlds with national win

Sara Asahina punched her ticket for the world judo championships by winning the national women’s championship on Sunday. The 20-year-old earned Japan’s berth at the worlds in the over-78-kg division by beating Megumi Tachimoto in the final. It was Asahina’s first national crown and ...

/ Apr 6, 2017

Baker to miss judo worlds due to shoulder injury

Mashu Baker told the All Japan Judo Federation he will sit out this summer’s world championships, a source said Thursday. Baker, who won the men’s 90-kg gold at the Rio Olympics last summer, dislocated his right shoulder on Sunday at the national invitational weight ...

Nagase earns ticket to judo worlds; Baker hurt

/ Apr 2, 2017

Nagase earns ticket to judo worlds; Baker hurt

Rio Olympic bronze medalist Takanori Nagase secured his fourth straight national invitational weight class championship on Sunday and a place in this summer’s world championships in the men’s 81-kg division. Nagase defeated Hayato Watanabe in the final on points after extra period at Fukuoka ...

/ Apr 2, 2017

Abe cruises to invitational judo title

Youngster Hifumi Abe blazed to secure his second straight national invitational weight class championship on Saturday, posting three straight ippons in the men’s 66-kg category. Abe defeated Kengo Takaichi in the final by big outer reap and all but secured his place in the ...

Kageura beats rival to claim 100-kg judo title

/ Feb 27, 2017

Kageura beats rival to claim 100-kg judo title

Kokoro Kageura defeated Rio Olympic silver medalist Hisayoshi Harasawa in an all-Japan final to win the men’s over-100 kg title at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix in Germany on Sunday. On the final day of action at Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Asian Championships winner Kageura claimed ...

Arai captures title at German judo tourney

/ Feb 26, 2017

Arai captures title at German judo tourney

Chizuru Arai captured the women’s 70-kg title at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix in Germany on Saturday. The 23-year-old Arai defeated Frenchwoman Marie Eve Gahie by ippon in the final and was the only Japanese winner among the four men’s and women’s weight classes contested ...

Abe makes history with Grand Prix win

/ Feb 25, 2017

Abe makes history with Grand Prix win

Sixteen-year-old Uta Abe became the youngest judoka in history to earn a Grand Prix title when she won the women’s 52-kg division Friday. According to the International Judo Federation, Abe, who is a first-year student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School in Kobe, is also ...

Teenager Iida claims first Grand Slam title

/ Feb 13, 2017

Teenager Iida claims first Grand Slam title

Teenage judoka Kentaro Iida earned his first career Grand Slam title on Sunday when he won the men’s 100-kg division on the final day of competition in Paris. Japan picked up five gold medals in men’s competition and two on the women’s side in ...