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Female Japanese judoka coaching Brazil team at Rio Olympics

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A Japanese judo instructor working for Brazil’s national team is bringing cultural and technical experience to her pupils as they ramp up their training program for the 2016 Olympics. “As my team members are improving their physical condition, all they need from me now is to psych them up,” Yuko ...

Japanese men finish goldless in judo

Aug 4, 2012

Japanese men finish goldless in judo

Japan plunged to fresh depths of humiliation Friday, when Daiki Kamikawa crashed out in the second round of the over-100 kg at the London Games, leaving the country’s men with no judo gold medals for the first time in Olympic history. Mika Sugimoto, meanwhile, ...

Anai, Ogata slump to early judo exits

Aug 3, 2012

Anai, Ogata slump to early judo exits

Takamasa Anai suffered a shock second-round defeat at the hands of Czech Lukas Krpalek in the men’s judo 100 kg Thursday, sending a cloud of despair over the Japanese team with one day remaining in the competition at the London Olympics. Adding insult to ...

Aug 3, 2012

Nishiyama recovers for judo bronze

Masashi Nishiyama shrugged off disappointment to find his way to the podium with a bronze medal in the men’s judo 90-kg category at the London Olympics on Wednesday. Nishiyama was hoping to give the Japanese men their first gold medal of these Summer Games ...

Ueno joins sister as Olympic medalist

Aug 2, 2012

Ueno joins sister as Olympic medalist

Yoshie Ueno rebounded from disappointment to grab a bronze medal in the women’s 63-kg class at the London Olympics on Tuesday. But young Takahiro Nakai could not achieve the same as he crumbled to defeat against Russian Ivan Nifontov in the men’s 81-kg match ...

Judoka Ueno takes bronze, but Nakai misses out on medals

Aug 1, 2012

Judoka Ueno takes bronze, but Nakai misses out on medals

Yoshie Ueno rebounded from disappointment to grab a bronze medal in the women’s 63-kilogram class at the London Olympics on Tuesday. But young Takahiro Nakai could not achieve the same as he crumbled to defeat against Russian Ivan Nifontov in the men’s 81-kg match ...

Ebinuma misses gold but salvages bronze

Jul 31, 2012

Ebinuma misses gold but salvages bronze

Masashi Ebinuma took out all his frustration on Poland’s Pawel Zagrodnik in a single burst of energy Sunday to win the bronze medal in men’s judo 66-kg category at the London Olympics. Victory in the match for third place for the 22-year-old reigning world ...

Judoka Matsumoto wins Japan's first gold, while Nakaya takes silver

Jul 31, 2012

Judoka Matsumoto wins Japan's first gold, while Nakaya takes silver

After two days of gloom and doom, Japan’s Kaori Matsumoto burned brightest in the women’s judo 57-kilogram weight class Monday, giving the nation its first gold medal of the London Olympics. Matsumoto led Japan’s women judoka to their first medal in London and the ...

Ebinuma judo quarterfinal ends in controversy

Jul 30, 2012

Ebinuma judo quarterfinal ends in controversy

Reigning world champion Masashi Ebinuma reached the semifinals of the men’s judo 66-kg competition after winning a controversial decision Sunday at the London Games. There were, however, more tears of despair for Japan’s women on the second day after Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Misato ...

Hiraoka settles for judo silver; Fukumi shut out

Jul 30, 2012

Hiraoka settles for judo silver; Fukumi shut out

Hiroaki Hiraoka had to settle for the silver medal after losing a battle to Russian Arsen Galstyan in the men’s 60-kg judo final at the London Olympics on Saturday. Tomoko Fukumi, meanwhile, lost to Beijing Olympic champion Alina Dumitru in the women’s 48-kg semifinals, ...

Apr 20, 2011

Olympian Ishii plans judo comeback

Satoshi Ishii, the gold medalist in the men’s over-100 kg class at the Beijing Olympics, is planning a return to judo from mixed martial arts, but in the United States, Kyodo News learned on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Ishii turned to MMA in December 2008 ...