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Determined Ono triumphs over Nakaya at nationals

Reigning world champion Shohei Ono beat rival and London Olympic silver medalist Riki Nakaya by ippon in the men’s 73-kg final to claim his maiden title at the National Invitational Weight Class Championships on Sunday. The 22-year-old Ono executed a well-timed “ukiotoshi” floating drop throw on Nakaya in one of ...

Nov 30, 2013

Japan judoka continue domination at Tokyo Grand Slam

Host Japan delivered another thunderous display of dominance, winning all four weight classes on the second day of the Tokyo Grand Slam on Saturday. It was the second day in a row Japan swept the gold medals in its own backyard after claiming five ...

Japan dominates on Tokyo Grand Slam judo opening day

Nov 29, 2013

Japan dominates on Tokyo Grand Slam judo opening day

Host Japan got off to a perfect start at the Tokyo Grand Slam on Friday, winning all five divisions contested on the first day at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Naohisa Takato beat South Korea’s Kim Won-jin in the men’s 60-kg final by ippon. It was ...

Nov 12, 2013

Former world champion judoka Ueno decides to retire

Yoshie Ueno, a former world champion and London Olympic bronze medalist, formally announced her retirement from competitive judo on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Ueno, who was third in the 63-kg division at London last summer and won the worlds back-to-back in 2009 and 2010, will ...

Teenage judoka Asahina claims Kodokan Cup title

Nov 9, 2013

Teenage judoka Asahina claims Kodokan Cup title

High school student Sara Asahina won the women’s over-78-kg class in a decision on Saturday, the first day of judo’s Kodokan Cup at Chiba Port Arena. It was the 17-year-old’s first title at the event that is used to select the squad for next ...

Sep 18, 2013

World judo champion Ono hit with three-month ban

World champion Shohei Ono and eight other seniors from Tenri University’s judo team were suspended for three months by the All Japan Judo Federation (AJJF) for assaulting underclass teammates Wednesday. The suspension will keep ex-captain Ono, who won the men’s 73-kg title at last ...

Sep 11, 2013

World judo champion Ono suspended for assaulting teammate

Judo put a damper on Tokyo’s Olympic euphoria as Tenri University said Wednesday a dozen students of its team, including former captain and world champion Shohei Ono, were disciplined for physically abusing underclass teammates. Ono, who won the men’s 73-kg weight class at last ...

Sep 5, 2013

Scandal-ridden Tenri University judo program suspends operations

Tenri University on Thursday announced its elite judo program will cease activities until it takes steps to prevent physical abuse. A day after the judo department head, Shozo Fujii, stepped down to take responsibility for the physical abuse of first-year students on the men’s ...

Sep 4, 2013

Tenri University judo director resigns over scandal

The director of Tenri University’s elite judo program said Wednesday that he will resign from his judo position at the university as well as with the All Japan Judo Federation following revelations of abuse at Tenri’s men’s judo team. From May through July, four ...

Aug 29, 2013

Ono captures 73-kg gold at judo worlds

Shohei Ono marked his debut at the World Judo Championships with victory in the 73-kg final to give Japan its third men’s gold medal in as many days on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Ono beat London Olympic bronze medalist Ugo Legrand of France with a ...

Ebinuma captures gold for Japan at judo worlds

Aug 28, 2013

Ebinuma captures gold for Japan at judo worlds

Masashi Ebinuma won all six of his bouts by ippon in the 66-kg division en route to giving Japan its second men’s gold medal of the judo world championships on Tuesday. The 2011 world champion put on a master class in Rio de Janeiro ...

Takato avenges Asami's defeat with gold at worlds

Aug 27, 2013

Takato avenges Asami's defeat with gold at worlds

Young judoka hopeful Naohisa Takato delivered his country’s first gold medal of the world championships on Monday. The 20-year-old took the men’s-60 kg title beating Mongolia’s Amartuvshin Dashdavaa in the final and proved the perfect riposte to a Mongolian having denied one of his ...

Aug 6, 2013

New judo chief to be chosen next week

The All Japan Judo Federation said Tuesday it will select its new chairman at an extraordinary board meeting next week. Chairman Haruki Uemura last week announced his intention to resign by the end of the month to take responsibility for the physical abuse of ...