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Amandine Buchard stuns teen wonder Abe Uta

22 Nov 2019 14:55

World number one Amandine Buchard of France handed world champion Abe Uta (JPN) her first loss on the IJF World Judo Tour since her debut event in 2016. Three-time Grand Slam winner Abe had won all 48 of her contests since then but conceded her three-year winning-streak in added time. The 19-year-old was thrown after four minutes of golden score by the plucky Frenchwoman with a modified kata-guruma for a waza-ari score. Read more


Naohisa Takato beats Ryuju Nagayama in battle of Tokai teammates

22 Nov 2019 14:10

Three-time world champion Takato Naohisa (JPN) set a new record of 10 Grand Slam gold medal wins as he beat world number one and double world bronze medallist Nagayama Ryuju (JPN) in the -60kg final. Olympic bronze medallist Takato avenged his World Championships defeat at the hands of his Tokai University teammate by throwing beautifully in golden score with ashi-waza and against the run of play. Read more


Funa Tonaki keeps Tokyo 2020 spot open

22 Nov 2019 14:05

Former world champion Tonaki Funa of Japan defeated Marrakech Grand Prix winner Julia Figueroa (ESP) with a professional performance as she scored twice without reply to increase her advantage over the chasing pack in Japan. World number two Tonaki illustrated once again that she is her country’s best judoka in judo’s lightest weight category and is now within touching distance of selection for her first Olympic Games. Read more


GB Judo team need resurgence ahead of Olympics

22 Nov 2019 11:30

There's a huge year in the pipeline for British sport, as 2020 will see another Olympic Games roll around, with this latest instalment of the summer event being staged in Tokyo, Japan. All eyes will be focused on The Land of the Rising Sun, where many hopeful British athletes from all corners of the country will continue their respective journeys towards desired medal success in the latest Games. Read more


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


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


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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