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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 the two-day event that was contested ...

Dec 24, 2016

Ono honored as Judoka of Year

Shohei Ono won the International Judo Federation’s Judoka of the Year Award for men on Friday after capturing his first Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro, where he triumphed in the men’s 73-kg category. Ono, 24, received 2,166 votes on the IJF Facebook page, ...

Dec 10, 2016

IJF announces new regulations

The International Judo Federation on Friday announced new regulations that will apply for the next Olympic cycle at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Among the new rules are the scrapping of the yuko evaluation of technique points, leaving only ippon and waza-ari, and the duration ...

Asahina edges Sone at Grand Slam Tokyo

Dec 4, 2016

Asahina edges Sone at Grand Slam Tokyo

Sara Asahina defeated 16-year-old Akira Sone after an extra period in the final of the women’s over-78-kg category to claim her maiden Grand Slam Tokyo crown on Sunday. In the repeat of the Kodokan Cup final three weeks ago, 20-year-old Asahina again came out ...

Abe triumphs over Hashiguchi at Grand Slam Tokyo

Dec 2, 2016

Abe triumphs over Hashiguchi at Grand Slam Tokyo

Nineteen-year-old Hifumi Abe won his second Grand Slam Tokyo title on Friday in the men’s judo 66-kg division at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Abe, the winner here two years ago, won the final by ippon slamming down Yuki Hashiguchi with a seoi-otoshi, or back-drop throw. ...

Nov 12, 2016

Former judo world champ Muneta plans to retire

Yasuyuki Muneta, the winner of the 2003 judo world championships in the men’s over 100-kilogram class, is set to retire and move into a coaching role, a source said Saturday. The 35-year-old stood at just 170 cm but was a mainstay in heavyweight divisions ...

Former judo world champion Asami announces retirement

Oct 11, 2016

Former judo world champion Asami announces retirement

Judoka Haruna Asami, a two-time world champion in the women’s 48-kg division, drew the curtain on her career, it was announced Tuesday. The 28-year-old, who thrived on her back throws and foot-throwing techniques, had a strong record through her career but was a stranger ...

Sep 14, 2016

Judo group hails Polish parliament scuffle throw

A run-of-the-mill press conference at Poland’s parliament this week took an unexpected turn when a scuffle broke out and — to the delight of social media — ended with a judo move. “Minimum effort — maximum effect,” the Polish Judo Association tweeted after a ...

Aug 6, 2016

Tokyo awarded 2019 judo worlds

Tokyo was selected to host the 2019 World Judo Championships following an International Judo Federation executive committee meeting on Friday. IJF executive Yasuhiro Yamashita wants the championships to serve as a test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with the event set to be ...

Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

Jul 31, 2016

Japan hopeful of reclaiming past Olympic judo glory

Japan’s judoka had an uncharacteristically dismal showing at the London Olympics four years ago, with Kaori Matsumoto winning the sole gold medal for the originator of the sport, in the women’s 57-kg weight class. Japan’s supremacy came to an end, the country finishing with ...

May 31, 2016

Japan locks up spots in all judo divisions for Rio Games

Japan has once again secured berths in all 14 judo weight categories for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the International Judo Federation released the latest world rankings on Monday. According to the qualification guideline set by the IJF, the top 14 men and ...

Nakamura, Kondo victorious at World Judo Masters

May 28, 2016

Nakamura, Kondo victorious at World Judo Masters

Japan’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic women’s team members Misato Nakamura and Ami Kondo both prevailed to win their respective weight divisions at the World Judo Masters in Mexico on Friday. World No. 4 Nakamura scored an ippon win over Russian Natalia Kuziutina in the ...

Inoue determined to help Japan keep pace in judo

May 2, 2016

Inoue determined to help Japan keep pace in judo

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Judo had always been a reliable provider of Olympic medals for Japan since the sport was first officially included in the 1964 Tokyo Games. But that stability wavered four years ago at the London Olympics. For the first time ever, Japan’s men failed to ...