Judo legend Tadahiro Nomura to manage Hifumi Abe

/ Apr 12, 2018

Judo legend Tadahiro Nomura to manage Hifumi Abe

Reigning 66-kg world champion Hifumi Abe has agreed to a management contract under a new company established by three-time Olympic judo champion Tadahiro Nomura, the company announced Thursday. Although it is unusual for Japanese judoka to be managed while still attending college, the 20-year-old Abe ...

/ Mar 19, 2018

Japan wins three more golds on final day of Grand Slam judo

Sotaro Fujiwara defeated Japanese compatriot Takeshi Sasaki to win the men's 81-kg division on Sunday, the final day of the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam in Russia. Fujiwara defeated Sasaki by ippon to capture his second career grand slam championship following his victory in Paris in February. In ...

Knee injury sidelines 100-kg world champ Aaron Wolf

/ Jan 19, 2018

Knee injury sidelines 100-kg world champ Aaron Wolf

Aaron Wolf will skip next month's Grand Slam judo competition in Paris due to a left knee injury, the All Japan Judo Federation said Friday. Wolf, the reigning 100-kg division world champion, will not compete at the two-day meet that begins on Feb. 10, after ...

/ Jan 15, 2018

Double Olympic champ Ryoko Tani jumps to sixth dan

Retired Japanese female judoka and politician Ryoko Tani has been promoted from fourth to sixth dan, accomplishing the rare feat of skipping black-belt ranks based on time in grade and service to the sport, judo officials said Monday. According to Kodokan, the founding school and ...

/ Dec 17, 2017

Funa Tonaki and Soichi Hashimoto win at World Judo Masters

Reigning world champions Funa Tonaki and Soichi Hashimoto were among the four Japanese who won their respective weight divisions at the World Judo Masters in St. Petersburg on Saturday. In the women's competition, world No. 4 Tonaki won the 48-kg category after taking down sixth-ranked ...