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3 Best MMA Judoka of All Time

22 Nov 2019 08:05

There have been many well-known MMA judokas in the past who have shown the best of their martial arts skills using superb throws, effective chokes as well as submissions. In fact, there were several throws that were done away with from the competitions as many of them could prove dangerous for the opponents, for instance, leg attacks, knee crushes etc. On the whole, MMA allows only the best judo moves in the sport. Read more

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The heat is on at the Osaka Grand Slam

21 Nov 2019 08:10

Judo in japan is always interesting to know about, even their national competitions as Kano Cup, All Japan Championships or University Championships. When IJF Tour lands in Japan, a special athmosphere is capturing the world of Judo. One year before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the olympic road is turning tigh in many categories and many coaches from different countries are starting to have headaches to make their selection. Read more

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French heavyweight Romane Dicko is back

20 Nov 2019 16:05

French heavyweight prospect Romane Dicko, 20, returns to IJF action this weekend for the first time since March 2018. The 2018 European champion, who is a physics and chemistry student at Paris’ Sorbonne University, has fully recovered from shoulder surgery and has been ready to return to the circuit for a number of months. Read more

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Masters winner Tsunoda moved down to U48kg

20 Nov 2019 06:30

Former world silver medallist Tsunoda Natsumi has found her route to the Olympics blocked by Abe Uta in the -52kg category. Tsunoda, who lost the 2017 final to Shishime Ai, could only manage to earn a bronze medal at the Brasilia Grand Slam in October and has since moved down a weight category to U48kg. Read more

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Abe v Maruyama: Former champion v new champion

19 Nov 2019 16:25

Two-time world champion Abe Hifumi and new world champion Maruyama Joshiro are locked in one of the most gripping domestic battles for Olympic selection in the sport’s history. They are two incredible talents with amazing skillsets but only one can go to Tokyo 2020. Read more

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Saeid Mollaei returns to action on the IJF tour

19 Nov 2019 07:35

Former world champion Saeid Mollaei returns to the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time since the World Championships in Tokyo. The world number three has been granted refugee status in Germany and will compete under the IJF flag in Osaka as part of the IJF’s Refugee Team. Read more

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Uta Abe close to nomination for the Olympic Games

18 Nov 2019 13:50

The final Grand Slam of the season sees a return to the sport’s homeland and Osaka. Abe Uta, Sone and Maruyama are on the verge of Tokyo 2020 selection. World champions Abe Uta (-52kg), Sone Akira (+78kg) and Maruyama Joshiro (-66kg) will seal selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics if they win gold at the Osaka Grand Slam. Read more