Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Judo is a lifestyle, but coming back as a mother is tough
5 Nov 2018 09:00
After having a baby, Japan's Kaori Matsumoto declared that she was ready to make a comeback for Tokyo 2020. Getting back as a mother isn't that easy. Just a hand full of strong judo women had a successful comeback, but most struggle or their mind has changed. It let's admit, there's more important than judo, but there's nothing more important for our lifestyle.
However, after performing poorly at the just-concluded Kodokan Cup, Matsumoto has decided to give up that quest. "Perhaps I've now reached the stage where I'm no longer going all out and taking risks," the 31-year-old said after losing in the first round of the women's -57kg division at Chiba Port Arena, outside Tokyo.
Making a comeback after retirement is never an easy thing. Although she had a tough knee injury, USA's Olympic Champion of 2012 Kayla Harrison managed to do it but quite a few failed in their attempts to make it to world level. In Harrison's case not only did she make it to Rio, she won her second Olympic gold there. But she is an except. Automne Pavia seems to have found the pace after having a baby.
It’s a time for decisions, move forward to Tokyo 2020 or bow out like Erika Miranda did last week. Abigel Joo recently had a baby, Taciana Cesar (Lima) also and both haven’t decided yet when to make a comeback. Rosalba Forciniti also had a baby after her Olympic bronze in 2012 and made a comeback, somewhat surprising and actually not even so bad. But getting back at Olympic level it not applicable in this case. Brigita Ljuba also made her comeback recently at European level. Hungarian Anett Meszaros, said to make the step and she has the time now to try to qualify also as is ahead of Joo to give birth to a baby. So it’s possible: ask it Marijana Miskovic, Katarzyna Klys who made a really successful comeback.
It's difficult because after you've retired, you no longer go through the punishing regime of twice a day training. Mentally, you also tell yourself that chapter of my life is over. I can now look forward to new things.
To come back after that is very difficult. Even if you can get back into good physical shape, the competitive edge is gone. It's a different thing when you return after a long break due to injury. Although you might not have been able to train during the recovery period, the hunger is still very much there. So it is just a matter of getting back into the right physical shape. With a comeback from retirement, it's much more than that. The mental competitive edge is gone and is very hard to get back.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo News
It’s mothers and babies time in the category U57kg, Olympic judo medalist Kaori Matsumoto has given birth to her first child on 13 July. Soon another Olympic and world medallist Automne Pavia is to give birth to a baby as well. Read more
Never ever the name of Daria was so successful in one year and Daria Davydova was no exception today in Tashkent. The Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist from Russia topped an IJF World Judo Tour medal podium for the first time as she defeated Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Marijana Miskovic Hasanbegovic of Croatia to win U63kg gold. Read more
The draw of the IJF Grand Prix in Tashkent took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Wyndham Hotel as IJF Competition Manager Lisa Allan, revealed that 139 judoka (81 men, 58 women) from 15 nations will compete in Asia. Read more
The journey to judo’s homecoming in 2020 started years ago for the judoka away from the pubic gaze but now their campaign begins on the IJF tatami to fulfil their dreams and those of their country. Read more
This week the first IJF World Tour event will be held, in the beautiful city of Zagreb the top athletes will gain new points for a good seeing and slowly build up their Olympic cycle. It’s the fourth edition of the Croatian Grand Prix, first held in Rijeka, and since 2014 in the capital. The tournament is a stable event in the IJF World Tour and that will be confirmed by a new contract for another term of four years. Read more
Anastasia Kolyadenkova (RUS)