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 Fujii, 33, said in Tokyo in December when she was in the capital with the Brazilian team for an international judo competition.

Fujii was born in Obu, Aichi Prefecture. She began practicing judo when she was 5 years old.