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Judo analytics starting to get traction at Federations and clubs

8 Jan 2020 13:05

The movie Moneyball had a huge impact how people thought about their sports in terms of analysing it. In American Sports, statistics were of importance for years. America coaches were practicing the analytical study of baseball before judo was even born. Read more

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The clashes for 2020 to look out for

2 Jan 2020 09:05

The IJF World Masters was the last meet of the year, with travel to Qingdao on the cards for the world’s elite judoka. With the 2019 calendar now closed and preparations well under way for an explosive 2020 it’s the domestic rivalries that will provide much of the fervour. Read more

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Sagi Muki concludes successful 2019 as top earner

31 Dec 2019 11:05

The IJF will continue its end-of-year tradition of awarding a prize money bonus to all 14 world number ones on the final IJF World Ranking List for 2019. The bonus, which was first introduced in 2016, will see the world number one’s in each of the 14 weight categories scoop a bonus of $10,000 per judoka. Read more

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The Dream matches of the year

24 Dec 2019 19:05

Joshiro Maruyama won the Worlds at his first attempt and in doing so secured a monumental win over defending world champion Abe Hifumi at the semi-final stage. It turned out to be one of the best fights of the year. Read more

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Deguchi and Fonseca wrote history for their countries

24 Dec 2019 09:25

Both judoka Christa Deguchi (CAN) and Jorge Fonseca (POR) earned their country’s first world judo titles and in doing so wrote their names into the history books. Deguchi won four of her five contests by ippon and beat former teammate and defending world champion Yoshida Tsukasa (JPN) in the final by a waza-ari score from a tani-otoshi. Read more

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Manuel Lombardo considered Young judoka of 2019

23 Dec 2019 15:35

World-class Italian hotshot Manuel Lombardo won three IJF events in 2019 starting with the opener, the Tel Aviv Grand Prix, and finishing in December with the Masters, on the back of victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. Read more

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Lasha Bekauri made his impact in 2019

23 Dec 2019 14:05

Georgia’s sensation Lasha Bekauri made a low-key IJF World Judo Tour debut when he exited the Baku Grand Slam in May at the expense of former world champion Nemanja Majdov (SRB). Nobody would have predicted that before the year was up that the 19-year-old would end up winning the second biggest event of the season. You can see as one of the best newcomers of 2019. Read more