Meet the Russian national team

Russian national team, as well as French one, is the leader of European judo. You shouldn’t be surprised with a fails of the Russians at the Olympics where they didn’t earn any medals the previous year. It’s just an unfortunate coincidence, because Russian athletes always show high level at World and European championships.

THE HISTORY PAGES

Russian national judo was found by Vasilij Oshepkov (1892-1937). He was born in South Sakhalin, but at the age of 13 moved to Japan. Studying in Kyoto seminary he started to practice judo. Gifted and hardworking young Oshepkov successfully began trainings in Kodokan. In a year he took his first dan in judo, and later – his second one. Oshepkov became the fourth foreigner in judo history who achieved this honor. In 1914 Vasilij Oshepkov arrived in Vladivostok where he founded his own school of fighting – that moment is considered to be the birth date of the Russian national judo.

Bad times for Russian judo came in late 30s of the XX century – the martial art was prohibited by USSR government as an ‘inappropriate occupation for Soviet people’. In 1937 Oshepkov was arrested on charges of spying for Japan. According to the official documents ten days after the arrest he died in prison because of a heart attack.

Instead of the prohibited judo, Oshepkov’s pupils began to develop sambo – a martial system that was based on an enormous work of Vasilij. Gradually this kind of fight took it’s specific features and gained immense popularity in the Soviet Union.

The revival of judo in the Soviet Union began in 60s of XX century when this sport took Olympic. The politics decided to rebuild judo on the basis of sambo. And in 1964 Olympics in Japan the Soviet judoka Oleg Stepanov, Aron Bogolyubov, Parnaoz Chikviladze and Anzor Kiknadze won bronze medals.

 

The USSR Judo Federation was established in 1972. The first all-union competition was held the same year. In 1973 this tournament was named “Soviet Union judo championship”. Since that time competitions in judo among youth and juniors had been held regularly.

In 1972 Shota Chochishvili won the first gold medal at the Olympics in Munich. Then in 1976 Sergei Novikov and Vladimir Nevzorov became judo champions at Olympics in Montreal, and in 1980 Nikolay Solodukhin and Shota Habareli gained Olympic medals in Moscow.

Economically difficult period during the early and mid 90s of the XX century in Russia affected Russian sport badly, and judo was not the exception. But at the beginning of the XXI century the situation began to change. Thanks to the active work of Russian Judo Federation, supported by a number of large companies, Russian athletes have taken the leading positions in the world. Judo is becoming more and more popular among the masses, and school sport classes are filled with children again.

This positive trend is going on to develop, and largely due to the fact that the newly elected Russian President Vladimir Putin works according to the basic principles of judo. Today judo in Russia has reached a new stage which must surely bring good results in sport arenas and health condition of the nation.

 

NAMES IN HISTORY


Shota CHOCHISHVILI

Born on June 10th, 1950 in Gori (Georgia).
Weight division over 100 kg.
The first Soviet Olympic gold medalist in judo, a multiple winner of World and European championships, Honoured Master of Sports, the Order of the «Badge of Honour» holder.

The unique and outstanding Georgian athlete inscribed his name in the annals of judo, became the first Soviet Olympic champion in that sport. He did not win at European and World championships, but he became a star at the Olympics in Munich (Germany). His final fight against David Starbruk from UK was the main scene of judo tournament. Chochishvili could repeat the success in four years in Montreal, but in the semifinal he gave the first place to the future champion Haruka Uemura from Japan.

After finishing his sport career Chochishvili served as a vice-president of the Georgian Olympic Committee and the Judo Federation of Georgia. In April 2008 the medals and awards of the first Olympic judo champion were stolen from the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Tbilisi. Shota Chochishvili died on August 27th, 2009 because of the cancer. Judo academy named after Shota Chochishvili was opened in Georgia in memory of the outstanding athlete.

Vladimir NEVZOROV

Born on January 5th, 1952 in Maikop.
Weight division under 70 kg.
USSR Sambo Champion, the first Soviet World judo champion (1975), Olympic judo champion (1976), three-time European judo champion, honoured master of sports, one of the best Soviet judokas in the history of martial arts of the country.

In 1976 Vladimir Nevzorov went to the Olympics-1976 in Montreal as one of the favorites of the competition. The current global and continental champion in his 24 fully met the expectations of fans. He won the medal by Japanese Koji Kuramoto in the final match. It was one of the most exciting moments in the history of national judo. Now Vladimir Nevzorov is the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Russian Judo Federation.

Nikolay SOLODUKHIN

Born on January 3, 1955 in Kursk.
Weight division under 65 kg.
Two-time World champion  (1979, 1983), European champion (1979), five-time champion of the USSR. The champion of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Honored master of sports.

Nicholay Solodukhin in his 14 began to practice sambo and in a year became a junior champion of the Kursk region. After graduating from the college he was interested in judo. His first coach was Michael Skrypov. In 1975 Solodukhin became the champion of the USSR judo sports festival. And in 1979 he won the title of World and European judo champion. In 1980 he became the champion of the Olympic Games in Moscow in the weight division under 65 kg.

Now he runs his own judo school in Kursk. Every year Zheleznogorsk holds judo competitions for Solodukhin prizes.

Nicholay Solodukhin is the holder of orders of the “Red Banner of Labour” and “Peoples' Friendship”. He is recognized as one of the best judokas of the XX century. In 2005 he was awarded with the Honorary Diploma "For Contribution to the development of the judo world." Nicholay Solodukhin is an honorary citizen of Kursk.

 

Grigory VERICHEV

Born on April 4th, 1957 in Kungur (Perm region).
Weight division under 100 kg.
The pupil of the Honored coach of the USSR and the RSFSR Haris Yusupov, World Cup winner (1984 and 1986), winner of the Intercontinental Cup (1986) in the European team, World champion (1987), the European champion (1981, 1985, 1987, 1988), winner of the Team European Championship (1985), winner of the Goodwill Games (1986), Olympic bronze medalist in Seoul (1988), World champion among police officers (1992), winner of 32 international tournament s of ‘A’ class, nine-time champion of USSR.

The Legend of the national sport, Honored master of sports, the most titled Chelyabinsk wrestler. The most awarded judoka in Russia: in his career Grigory Verichev participated in 187 tournaments, held over 800 fights and won 161 medals of various denominations.

Tamerlan TMENOV

Born on July 27th, 1977 in Ordzhonikidze (now – Vladikavkaz).
Weight division over 100 kg.
The most famous and titled Russian judoka. Holder of silver (2004) and bronze (2000) Olympic medals. Seven-time European champion, multiple winner of World Championships.

Judoka Tamerlane Tmenov whose sporting success at Russian, European, World championships and the Olympic Games are well known doesn’t need any special introduction. In 2001 the athlete was awarded with a medal of Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” of II degree, and in 2006 with a medal of Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” of I degree. July 14, 2010 Tmenov finished his athletic career. Now he is one of the vice-presidents of Russian Judo Federation.


OLYMPIC CHRONIKLE

THE SOVIET UNION AT THE OLIMPICS

Soviet judokas were good at the Olympic tournaments. Only French teams were better in the number of gold medals and total number of awards. In Soviet times five compatriots became the Olympic champions – Shota Chochishvili (1972), Vladimir Nevzorov (1976), Sergei Novikov (1976), Nicholas Solodukhin (1980) and Shota Habareli (1980). At two Olympics – in Montreal and Moscow – the Soviet team gained two gold medals.

RUSSIA AT THE OLIMPICS.........

 

 

 

Great Champions

 

GREAT CHAMPIONS of JUDO

 

written by T. Plavecz

 

by countries

“Never Give Up

Judo is a combative sport. It is a martial art aimed at defeating your opponent. Other purposes of judo involve developing physical strength and mental spirit. But when you are up against an opponent, you must never forget the combative aspect of the sport. You fight against your opponent, throwing him down to the mat to achieve victory. At the same time, you fight against yourself. If you think your opponent is stronger than you and get the jitters, or if you are in a difficult position and feel that you must give up, then it will be impossible for you to win. You must not give up the bout until the last second, no matter how strong your opponent may be. You must have a fighting spirit which will urge you on to attack and attack again to the very end. Fighting spirit, to put it simply, is the first thing a judoist needs.

Of course, I cannot deny that you may feel anxiety or uneasiness before a fight. Feeling like “I don’t want to be beaten,” “I just want to run away,” or “I’m frightened” are always felt to a certain degree. Also there is loneliness. But what is important during these times is not to be afraid of loneliness, anxiety, or weakness of the will but to overwhelm these feelings with a fierce fighting spirit and confront your opponent with your intention to defeat him.”

(Inokuma – Sato BEST JUDO, 229. p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olympic Medal table by countries

 

Rank 

Country

gold

 silver

bronze

total 

1

Japan

35

15

15

65

2

France

10

8

19

37

3

South Korea

9

14

14

37

4

China

8

2

8

18

5

Cuba

5

11

16

32

6

Soviet Union

5

5

13

23

7

Netherlands

4

2

14

20

8

Poland

3

3

2

8

9

Italy

3

3

6

12

10

Spain

3

1

2

6

11

Germany

3

0

10

13

12

Brazil

2

3

10

15

13

Austria

2

2

1

5

14

Belgium

2

1

7

10

15

Georgia

2

1

2

5

16

Unified Tea

2

0

2

4

17

West Germany

1

4

3

8

18

East Germany

1

2

6

9

19

Hungary

1

2

4

7

20

North Korea

1

2

4

7

21

Mongolia

1

1

3

5

22

Switzerland

1

1

2

4

23

Romania

1

0

3

4

24

Azerbaijan

1

0

1

2

24

Belarus

1

0

1

2

24

Turkey

1

0

1

2

27

Greece

1

0

0

1

 

For Reading

2.Hicks, Simon: Soames, Nickolas, “50 great Judo champions”, London, United Kingdom, Ippon books, 2001, 117p, ISBN 1874572917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                JAPAN

 

Anno Noriko(阿武 教子 (1976-)Olympic andfour-time World Champion

-78 kg (172 lbs) / -72 kg (158.5 lbs)

 

She is a Japanese judoka who won the gold medal in the women's -78 kg judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She has won gold in the World Championship at -78 kg four times, and was fifth in the -72 kg category at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She is a police woman in Japan.

 

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, KOUCHI-GARI, OUCHI-GARI, IPPON SEOI-NAGE

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004 (-78 kg)

 

World Championships

gold Paris 1997 (-72 kg)

gold Birmingham 1999 (-78 kg)

gold Munich 2001 (-78 kg)

gold Osaka 2003 (-78 kg)

 

Fukoka Cup

gold 1995 (Open)

 

  Emoto Yuko (恵本 裕子)  (1972- )                  Olympic Champion

-61 kg (134.5 lbs)

 

Yuko Emoto (恵本 裕子,Emoto Yūko?, born December 23, 1972 in Asahikawa, Hokkaido[1]) is a Japanese judoka and olympic champion. She won a gold medal in the half middleweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics  Atlanta[2]

She received a silver medal at the 1994 Asian Games.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996 (-61kg)

 

Asian games

silver Hiroshima 1994 (-61kg)

 

Asian Championships

bronze Macau 1993 (-61kg)

bronze New Delhi 1995 (-61kg)

 

East Asian Games

silver Busan 1997(-61kg)

 

 

 

Endo Sumio (1950-)                          two-time World Champion

+93 kg (205 lbs)

 

He was one of the most unusual of Japanese heavyweight champions. In 1980 he tried a new tactic – KANI BASAMI -  in the course of which Yasuhiro YAMASHITA suffered a serious leg injury. The fight was settled as a draw, but it led to the international ban of this dangerous technique.

 

 

Best Contest Techniques

IPPON-SEOI-NAGE, HARAI-GOSHI, HARAI-MAKIKOMI, UCHIMATA, UCHIMATA-MAKIKOMI, KOSOTO-GARI, SUKU-NAGE, URANAGE

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Montreal  1976

 

World Championships

gold  Vienna  1975 (+93)

gold  Paris      1979 (Open)

 

All Japan Championships

bronze 1974

gold 1976

silver 1977

bronze 1978

silver 1979

silver 1980

silver 1981

 

 

 

Fuji Shozo (1950-)                                     Four-time World Champion

-80 kg (176 lbs) / -78 kg (172 lbs)

 

His use of  SEOI-NAGE brought him a a number of quick wins even against the most stable of opponents. He was unlucky in being a contemporary of Sekine and so missed selection for the 1972 Munich Olympics when he would have been the probable gold medalist.

 

Best Contest Techniques

MOROTE-SEOI- NAGE, TOMOE-NAGE, KOUCHI-GARI

 

Best  Competition Results

World Championships

gold Ludwigshafen 1971

gold Lausanne  1973

gold Vienna  1975

gold  Paris  1979

 

Kano Cup

gold 1978

All Japan Championships

bronze 1973

 

 

Hosokawa Shinji (1960- )     Olympic and World Champion

-60 kg (132.25 lbs)

 

He won the Japanese inter-high school judo competition in 1977. He entered Tenri University in 1978, and continued his success by winning the college-level world judo championship in 1979 and 1980.

After graduating from Tenri University, he began work as a teacher for a school in Nara Prefecture in 1982. At the1984 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal by defeating future gold medalist Kim Jae-Yup.. He also won a gold medal at the 1985 World Judo Championships, but retired to concentrate on his work as a teacher. He restarted his judo career in 1987 with a silver medal at the 1987 World Judo Championships, and retired after finishing with a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics

Hosokawa has served as an instructor for the Japanese Olympic Committee since 1997, where he coached many lightweight judoka, most notably 3-time gold medalist Tadahiro NOMURA, whose father was Hosokawa's coach during high school.

Best Contest  Techniques

SEOI-NAGE, TOMOE-NAGE, ASHIWAZA,OSAEKOMI

 

Best Competition  Results

Olympic Games

gold Los Angeles 1984

bronze Seoul  1988

 

World Championships

gold Seoul 1985

silver Essen 1987

 

Kano Cup

gold 1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inokuma Isao (1938-2001)     Olympic and World Champion

  +80 kg (176 lbs)/ Open divisions

 

In 1959 as a youngest JUDOKA  to win the ALL JAPAN JUDO CHJAMPIONSHIPS at the age of 21. He uses SEOI-NAGE and TAI-OTOSHI upset KAMINAGA in 1959 but in the following two years finals he lost to KAMINAGA on both occasions. He regained the title in 1963 and at the 1964 Olympic Games he won the heavyweight gold medal, beating the Canadian, Rogers, in the final. In the 1965 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS he defeated the Russian Kibrotsashvili, for the open gold medal and his last major title. He

was a professor of physical education at Tokai University and an international referee.

 

 

Best competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Tokyo 1964 (+80 kg)

 

World Championships

gold Rio de Janeiro 1965

 

All Japan Championships

gold 1959

silver 1960

silver 1961

gold 1963

 

Publications

Inokuma, Isao : Sato, Nobuyuki, " Best Judo ", Tokyo, Japan, Kodansha International, 1979,

255p, 26 cm, 3539, ISBN 0870117866

 

 

Inoue Kosei (1978-)    Olympic and three-time World Champion

 -100kg (220.5 lbs) / +100kg (220.5 lbs) 

                                      

He is a world-class JUDO athlete. He won the gold medal in the under 100 kg class at the 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES. This under 100 kg fighter is well known for his specialty throws: UCHI-MATA (inner thigh throw) and OUCHI-GARI (major inner reap). He is widely considered by the Judo community as one of best competitive Judokas. His notable accomplishments include three golds at the World Championship and All Japan Championship (one of four Judokas who has accomplished this). Between 1999 and 2003 he was untouchable on the international scene. He won three consecutive WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS and the OLYMPIC GAMES. He won everything by IPPON. At the 2000Olympics, the 2001 Worlds and the 2003 Worlds INOUE won the lot by IPPON. In 2001 INOUE became the first non super-heavyweight to win the ALL JAPAN CHAMPIONSHIPS since 1974, when he beat SHINOHARA in the final. Again, no other fighter had nanaged this in the modern era.

 

Best Contest  Techniques

right UCHIMATA, right OUCHI-GARI, right drop MOROTE-SEOINAGE,right OSOTO-GARI

 

Best Competition  Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000

 

World Championships

gold Birmingham 1999

gold Munich         2001

gold  Osaka          2003

 

 

 

 

All Japan Championships

silver 1998

silver (Open) 2000

gold (Open) 2001

gold 2002

gold 2003

silver 2004

bronze 2007

 

Kano Cup

gold 2005 (Open)

silver 2007 (+100kg)

 

 

Ishii Satoshi (1986 -)                          Olympic Champion

+100 kg (220.5 lbs)

 

He is ajudoka and Mixed martial artist. Ishii made his professional MMA debut at Dynamite!! 2009 losing to fellow Judoka gold medallist Hidehiko Yoshida by unanimous decision.

 

Best Contest Techniques

OUCHI-GARI

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Beijing 2008 (+100 kg)

 

Asian Games

silver Doha 2006 (-100 kg)

 

All Japan Championships

gold 2006

gold 2008

 

 

Kashiwazaki Katsuhiko (1951- )          World Champion

-60 kg (132.25 lbs) /-65 kg (143 lbs)

 

He is world champion (1981) and five times Japanese champion (in weight category). His principal dream was to win the OLYPIC GAMES, in 1980 politics intervened, and Japan, along with USA, pulled out the 1980 Moscow Games. It was his greatest disappointment. But following year (1981) he won his world title in Maastricht, Holland.

 

Best Contest Techniques

TOMOE-NAGE, OUCHI-GARI, KOSOTO-GARI, OBI-TORI-GAESHI, TATE-SHIHO-GATAME, YOKO-SHIHO-GATAME, SHIMEWAZA

KASHIWAZAKI style OKURI-ERI-JIME

 

Best Competition Results

World Championships

silver Vienna 1975 (-60kg)

gold Maastricht 1981 (-65kg)

 

All Japan Weight Category Championships

gold 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

 

Publications

Kashiwazaki, Katsuhiko (1951 - ) : Nakanishi, Hidetoshi (1958 - ), " Attacking judo ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon Books, 1992, 136p, 28 cm, KS, ISBN 0951845594.

Kashiwazaki, Katsuhiko (1951 - ), " Fighting judo ", London, United Kingdom, Pelham Books, 1985, 143p, 28 cm, KS, ISBN 0720715946.

Kashiwazaki, Katsuhiko (1951 - ), " Fighting judo ", New York, United States, Viking Press, 1987, 143p, 28 cm, LIB, ISBN 0720715946.

Kashiwazaki, Katsuhiko (1951 - ), " Osaekomi(judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon, 1997, 112p, 24 cm, KS, ISBN 1874572364.

Kashiwazaki, Katsuhiko (1951 - ), " Shimewaza (judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon, 1992 1997, 112p, 24 cm, KS, ISBN 0951845535.

Kashiwazaki, Katsuhiko (1951 - ), " Tomoe-nage (judo masterclass techniques) ", Marlborough, United

 

 

Kawaguchi Takao (1950-)    Olympic and World champion

-63 kg (139 lbs)

 

He entered Meiji University in 1969. He defeated future Olympic gold medalist Toyokazu NOMURA in the finals of the World Judo Championships in 1971 to become world champion for his weight class, and became the Japanese representative for the -63 kg division At the 1972  OLYMPIC Games., Kawaguchi faced Mongolian judoka Bakaava Buidaa in the third round, and broke two of his own rib bones as he tried to escape from Buidaa's ground pin. Coach Akio Kaminaga suggested Kawaguchi withdraw to receive treatment, but Kawaguchi continued on for the rest of the match, and advanced to the semi-final with a close decision victory. Kawaguchi won the semi-final match against Kim Yong-Ik of North Korea with a Yoko-Shiho-Gatame, only to face Buidaa again in the Olympic final. However, unlike the previous match, Kawaguchi quickly put Buidaa on the mat with a KOUCHI-GARI, and won with a KAMI-SHIHO-GATAME only 39 seconds into the match to win the gold medal (Buidaa was later disqualified for failing a drug test). He succeeded his father as head instructor of the Kawaguchi dojo after retiring from competitive judo.

 

Best Contest Techniques

NE-WAZA, KOUCHI-GARI, KO-SOTO-GARI

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Munich 1972 (-63 kg)

 

World Championship

gold Ludwigshafen 1971 (-63 kg)

silver Lausanne 1973

 

Asian Championships

gold Kaohiung 1970 (-63 kg)

 

 

 

Koga Toshihik(1967-) Olympic and three time-World Champion

-71 kg (156.5 lbs) /-78 Kg (172 lbs)

 

He  is one of the most innovative and exciting fighters the world has ever seen. What sets him apart from other competitors is the amazing range of throws that he invented which have since become accepted as part of modern JUDO .He was both unorthodox and brilliant.

 

Best Contest Techniques

IPPON-SEOI-NAGE, SEOI-NAGE, KOSHI-GURUMA, SODE-TSURI-KOMI-GOSHI, KOSHI-GURUMA, SODE-TSURI-KOMI-GOSHI, KOUCHI-MAKIKOMI, TOMOE-NAGE

 

Best  Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992 (-71kg)

silver Atlanta 1996 (-78kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Essen 1987 (-71kg)

gold Belgráde 1989 (-71kg)

gold Barcelona 1991 (-71kg)

gold Makuhari 1995 (-78kg)

 

All Japan Open weight Championships

silver 1990

 

Kano Cup

gold 1986

 

All Japan weight Championships

gold 1988 (-71kg)

gold 1989 (-71kg)

gold 1990 (-71kg)

gold 1991 (-71kg)

gold 1992 (-71kg)

gold 1995 (-78kg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matsuoka Yoshiyuki(1957-)                    Olympic Champion

-65 kg (143 lbs)

He is a retired judoka from Japan, who represented his native country at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, USA. There he won the gold medal in the men's half-lightweight division (– 65 kg), after having defeated South Korea's Hwang Jung-Oh in the final by SEOI-NAGE learned from Shozo FUJII, 4 times world champion  As of 2007, Matsuoka coaches judo club of Komatsu Limited. Among his students is world champion Ayumi TANIMOTO.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold  Los Angeles 1984 (-65 kg)

 

World Championships

silver Moscow 1983 (-65 kg)

bronze Seoul 1985 (-65 kg)

 

 

Nakatani Takehide (1941-)                   Olympic Champion

– 68 kg (150 lbs) / 70 kg (154 lbs)

is a retired judoka who won the first gold medal ever awarded in judo at the Summer Olympics as the Japanese competitor in the lightweight (-68 kg) division.

Nakatani himself began judo at age 12, and quickly became known for his balanced style of judo and deadly Kosoto Gari. He chose to advance to Meiji University, but was unable to become a member of the group team because of the university's star-studded roster, which included future professional wrestler Seiji Sakaguchi. He was chosen to represent Japan in the -68 kg division of the 1964 Summer Olympics only a few days prior to the commencement of the Olympic games, and won every single one of his matches by ippon to capture the first gold medal awarded in judo in Olympic history. He spent a total of less than 9 minutes on the Olympic stage to win his three matches.

He then became the head coach of the West Germany national judo team for 3 years prior to the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, coaching Olympic medalists Paul Barth and Klaus Glahn. He returned to Hiroshima in 1973, and continued his family's jewelry business while serving as an advisor to the All-Japan Judo Federation and Hiroshima Prefecture Judo Federation. He received a Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Japanese government in 2003

 

Best Contest Techniques

UCHI-MATA, KOUCHI-GARI

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Tokyo 1964 (-68 kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Salt Lake City 1967 (-70 kg)

 

 

 

 

Ninomiya Kazuhiro(1946-) Olympic and World Champion

 93kg (205 lbs) / Open division

 

He is a retired judoka who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics. After graduating from Tenri University, Ninomiya entered the Shoki Juku under the instruction of Isao OKANO. In 1972,  placed third in the All-Japan Judo Championships  He won a gold medal in the heavyweight division of the Asian Judo Championships in 1970, and in the open weight division of the 1973 World Judo Championships held in Lausanne, Switzerland by defeating future Olympic gold medalist Haruki UEMURA. He won another gold medal at the 1975 World Championships, and won the All-Japan Judo Championships for the first time in 1976 to qualify for the 1976 Summer Olympics. However, the Japanese Olympic team had already decided on Haruki UEMURA and Sumio ENDO as the representatives for the open weight and heavyweight divisions, and Ninomiya was forced to enter the.

 

Best Contest techniques

Specializes in leg techniques: OSOTO-GARI, KO-SOTO-GARI, OUCHI-GARI, KOUCHI-GARI, UCHI-MATA, HARAI-MAKI-KOMI

At the same time he was strong at NE-WAZA: KATA-GATAME, TATE-SHIHO-GATAME,

KESA-GATAME, KAMI-SHIHO-GATAME.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Montreal 1976 (-93kg)

 

World Championships

gold Lausanne 1973 (Open)

silver Vienna (1975 (Open)

 

Asian Championships

gold Kaohsiung 1970 (+93 kg)

 

All Japan Championship

silver 1974

bronze 1977

 

 

Nakamura Kenzo (1973-)   Olympic and World Champion

 -71kg (156.5 lbs) / -73kg (164 lbs)

He entered Tokai University in 1992, and was successful in several judo competitions, winning a gold medal at the 1995 Summer Universiade in his hometown of Fukuoka, and a gold medal at the 1995 Asian Judo Championships in New Delhi, India. He entered Asahi Kasei after graduating, and won the All-Japan Judo Championships in 1996 to gain a spot on the Japanese Olympic judo team for the 1996 Summer Olympics, where he won a close decision victory over Kwak Dae-Sung of South Korea to receive a gold medal. Both Nakamura and Kwak were unaggressive throughout the match, and Kwak gained a lead in points after a warning was issued to Nakamura for inactivity. However, Kwak was penalized in turn for an illegal move with only three seconds remaining in the match, and Nakamura won the gold medal with a 2-1 decision in his favor.

Nakamura won several more tournaments after his first trip to the OLYMPICS, most notably a gold medal at the 1997 World Judo Championships and three consecutive victories in the -73 kg division of the All-Japan Championships from 1998-2000. However, he failed to get past the third round at the 1999 World Judo Championships, and lost in the fourth round of the 2000 Summer Olympics and in the third round of the repechage. He won the Kodokan Cup in the -81 kg division the same year, but lost in the semi-finals and bronze medal match of the 2001 World Judo Championships to end up in 5th place. Nakamura retired in 2003 after winning the All-Japan Championships for the 5th time in 2002, and winning the Kano Jigoro Cup in 2003. He began working as an instructor for the Asahi Kasei judo team in 2004, and has served as a coach for the All-Japan junior and senior teams.

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, UCHI-MATA, SANKAKU-JIME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996 (-71kg)

 

World Championships

gold Paris 1997 (-71 kg)

 

Asian Championships

gold New Delhi 1995 (-71 kg)

gold Osaka 2000 (-73 kg)

 

 

Nomura Tadahiro  (1974-)       Three time  Olympic and World Champion

60kg (132.25 lbs)

 

He is the only judoka in the world who has won three Olympic gold medals in a row, all in the extra lightweight (-60 kg) division.

 

His grandfather was a local judo instructor, and his father was the coach of Shinji Hosokawa, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Nomura's uncle, Toyokazu NOMURA, was also a gold medalist at the 1972 Summer Olympics in the (-70 kg) division. He won the All-Japan judo championships for his weight class in April, 1996, to gain a spot on the Japanese olympic team for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. Though relatively unknown at the world level at the time, he won his first olympic gold medal in 1996, defeating Girolamo Giovinazzo by SEOI-NAGE.

Nomura swept the All-Japan judo championships again in 1997, and won a gold medal at the 1997 World Judo Championships in Paris to reinforce his position as the premier competitor at his weight class. After winning the All-Japan judo championships for the third consecutive year in 1998, he injured his left knee in the Jigoro Kano Cup semi-finals in 1999, and was forced to retire from the competition. He did not participate in competitions for the rest of the year to recover from this injury and to complete his degree in health education.

Nomura made his return at the All-Japan judo championships in 2000, winning the competition for the third time to gain a second trip to the olympics. He became the first -60 kg division competitor to win consecutive olympic gold medals in 2000.

 

His judo skills run in the family; his father coached 1984 Olympic champion Hosokawa, while his uncle Toyokazu was himself an Olympic judo champion in 1972.

 

 

Best ContestTechniques

 

left IPPON-SEOI-NAGE, left drop MOROTE-SEOI-NAGE, SODE-TSURIKOMI-GOSHI (Koga style)

 

Best Competition  Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996

gold Sydney 2000

gold Athens 2004

 

World Championships

gold Paris 1997

bronze Osaka 2003

 

Tournoi de Paris

2000, Gold
2004, Gold

 

 

All Japan weight category championships

gold 1996

gold 1997

gold 2000

 

 

Nomura Toyokazu (1949- ) Olympic and World Champion

-70kg (154 lbs) / 63kg (139 lbs)

 

He is a retired judoka who competed in the half middleweight (70 kg) division. Nomura was born into a family of judoka. His father was the founder of a local judo dojo, and his brother was also an instructor who taught Olympic gold medalist Shinji Hosokawa. His nephew, Tadahiro Nomura, is the only judoka to have won three gold medals at the Summer Olympics.. Nomura himself attended Tenri University before starting work at the Hakuhodo company. He placed second in the World Judo Championships in 1969 and 1971, and won the All-Japan Judo Championships in 1972 to become the Japanese representative for the half middleweight division at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He won all five of his matches at the Olympics by ippon to capture the gold medal. He also won the 1973 World Judo Championships held in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has worked as a schoolteacher in Wakayama Prefecture since retiring from competitive judo

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Munich 1972 (-70kg)

 

World Championships

silver Mexico City 1969 (-63kg)

silver Ludwigshafen 1971 (-63kg)

gold Lausanne 1973 (-73kg)

 

Asian Championships

gold Kaohsiung 1970 (70kg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ogawa Naoya (1968 - )          Four time World Champion

+95 kg (209 lbs) and Open division

 

He started judo during high school. Entered Meiji University in '86. Ogawa won the All Japan Student Judo Championship in his freshman year. In '87, he won world judo championship in open weight division and became the youngest champion in the history. In the world championship of '89, he won both 95kg and open weight divisions. After graduating Meiji University in '90, Ogawa started working for Japan Racing Association. He also won silver medal in 95kg class in the '92 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Finished only as 5th during '96 Atlanta Olympics and retired from judo soon after. After coaching successors, he left JRA in '97 to become a professional fighter..

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, HARAI-GOSHI, TAI-OTOSHI, SASAE-TSURI-KOMI-ASHI, UCHI-MATA

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Barcelona 1992 (+95kg)

 

World Championships

gold Essen 1987 (Open)

gold Belgrade 1989 (+95)

gold Belgrade 1989 (Open)

bronze Barcelona 1991 (+95kg)

gold Barcelona 1991 (Open)

bronze Hamilton 1993 (Open)

bronze Chiba 1995 (+95kg)

 

Asian Games

Bronze Beijing 1990 (+95 kg)

 

Asian Championships

gold Damascus 1988 (Open)

 

All-Japan Championships

gold 1989-1993 and 1995-1996 (seven times)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okano Isao (1944-)                     Olympic and World Champion

-80 kg (180 lbs)

 

He entered the 1964 Summer Olympics while studying at Chuo University's law school, and won the gold medal in the middleweight division. He won another gold medal at the World Judo Championships in 1965, becoming the champion of his division at only 21 years of age. He also won the Open weight class division of the All-Japan Judo Championships in 1967 and 1969, and placed second in the competition in 1968. He remains the lightest ever competitor to win the Open weight class of the All-Japan Championships, as he weighed around 80 kg throughout his career. He suddenly retired from competitive judo at only 25 years of age, and founded the Shoki Juku (currently the Ryutsu Keizai University's judo team) in 1970, where he instructed future Olympic gold medalist Kazuhiro Ninomiya. He also served as a coach for the Japanese Olympic judo team during the 1976 Summer Olympics. He later worked as a judo instructor at Keio University from 1989-1998, and the University of Tokyo from 1989-2000. He is currently an instructor and professor at Ryutsu Keizai University.

He was just around 80 kg, his exceptional natural talent brought him gold medals in all the major national and international championships. He was very fast and precise in throwing (SEOI-NAGE, KOUCHI-GARI) He founded Seiki Juku, a school which attracted a strong international contingent. One of the best JUDO book of the world was written (with Tetsuya Sato) by him.

 

1965 – Rio/World Championships – middleweight – Gold
1967 – All Japan – won Open Division (weight less than 80K)
1969 - All Japan – won Open Division
Retired competition at 25
Presently teaches at Ryutsu Economic University

 

Best ContestTechniques

IPPON-SEOI-NAGE, KOUCHI-GARI, YOKO-SHIHO-GATAME, SHIMEWAZA,

Okano style OKURI-ERI-JIME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Tokyo 1964 (-80kg)

 

World Championships

gold Rio de Janeiro 1965 (-80kg)

 

All Japan Championships

gold 1967

silver 1968

gold 1969

 

Publications

Okano, Isao " Vital judo : Grappling techniques ", Tokyo, Japan, Japan Publications, 1976-1982, 191p, 26 cm, MBR, ISBN 0870405179.

Okano, Isao  : Sato, Tetsuya, " Vital judo : Throwing techniques ", Tokyo, Japan, Japan Publications, 1973, 191p, 26 cm, MBR, ISBN 0870401734.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sekine Shinobu (1943-)                           Olympic  Champion

-80kg (176 lbs) / Open division

 

 Ibaraki, and entered the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department after graduating from Chuo University He sought a spot on the Olympic judo team after seeing Isao OKANO, a rival judoka also from Ibaraki Prefecture win gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics. However, judo was not included in the program for the 1968 Summer Olympics, and Sekine entered the Olympics for the first time in 1972 as a 28-year old veteran after winning the All-Japan Judo Championships that year. Sekine lost to Oh Seung-Lip of South Korea in the 5th round of the tournament, but won the repechage to face Oh for the second time in the Olympic final. Sekine was forced to fight defensively for most of the match, but in the few remaining seconds, he tried a Tai Otoshi which put his opponent down onto the mat. The two assistant referees were split on the outcome, but the main referee from the Netherlands ruled in favor of Sekine to award him an extremely close decision win. Oh had been leading in points for most of the match. Sekine retired shortly after winning the Olympic gold medal, and served as a coach and advisor for the All Japan Judo Federation, and as a referee during the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has also worked as an instructor for the Tokyo Police Department, and Heisei International University

 

Best Contest Techniques

YOKO-GAKE, ERI-SEOI-NAGE

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Los Angeles 1972 (-80 kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Ludwigshafen Open

 

Asian Championships

gold Manila 1966 (-80 kg)

bronze Manila 1966 (Open)

 

All Japan Championships

gold 1972

 

 

Saito Hitoshi  (1961-)                   two-time Olympic Champion

  +95kg (209 lbs) and Open division

 

He is a retired judoka, who won two consecutive gold medals in Olympic Games (1984-1988). He continued to work at Kokushikan University, after doing graduation in the year 1983 and won gold medal in heavy weight (+ 95 kg) division of 1984 Olympics and in open weight division of 1983 world judo championships. His arm was dislocated in 1985 and he had to retire from the match, which was being played with Cho Yong-Chul of South Korea. He injured his right knee, before All Japan Championship in the year 1987 and made a turn back in the year 1988

 

 

 

Best Contest Techniques

UCHIMATA, OSOTO-GARI, KOUCHI-MAKIKOMI, TAI-OTOSHI, IPPON-SEOI-NAGE, YOKO-SHIHO-GATAME, HARA-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold  Los Angeles 1984 (+95kg)

gold  Seoul 1988 (+ 95kg)

 

All-Japan Championships

bronze 1986

gold 1988

 

Kano Cup

silver 1982 (Open)

gold 1986 (Open)

 

 

Sato Nobuyuki (1944-)                       two-time  World Champion

-93kg (205 lbs) / Open division

 

He was known as ’NE-WAZA Sato’ for the reason that everyone feared his ground-work (NE-WAZA). He was manager of the Japanese national team (1976-1985), a successful period for Japan with outstanding champions as Yasuhiro YAMASHITA, Katsuhiko KASHIWAZAKI, Sumio ENDO, and Hitoshi SAITO. He has taught at the Tokai University since 1969.

 

Best Contest Techniques

SASAE-TSURI-KOMI-ASHI, DE-ASHI BARAI, OKURI-ASHI-BARAI, HARAI-TSURIKOMI-ASHI, TAI-OTOSHI

Many of his throwing techniques, however, are specifically designed to bring his opponent down to the mat in order to grapple with him, rather than to score with a throw.

 

Best Competition Results

World Championships

gold Salt Lake City 1967 (-93kg)

bronze Mexiko City 1969 (Open)

silver Ludwigshafen 1971 (-93 kg)

gold Lausanne 1973  (-93kg)

 

All-Japan Championships

bronze 1972

gold 1974

 

Publications

Sato, Nobuyuki " Ashiwaza (judo masterclass techniques) ", Marlborough, United Kingdom,

Crowood, 1990, 111p, 24 cm, 3537, ISBN 1852234911.

 

 

 

Sonoda Isamu (1946-)              Olympic and World Champion

-80kg (176 lbs)

Sonoda was born in Yanagawa, Fukuoka, Japan. He attended the Fukuoka Institute of Technology, and won a gold medal at the 1969 World Judo Championships along with his older brother, Yoshio, who won the gold medal in the lightweight (-63 kg) division. After graduating, he began work at the Maruzen Oil Company (current Cosmo Oil Company), where he continued to practice judo. He joined the Fukuoka prefectural police force in July, 1972, at the invitation of the police force's judo instructor. Sonoda had competed in the All-Japan Judo Championships 10 times from age 19, but Shozo Fujii had won the competition for three consecutive years prior to 1976, when the championship served as the qualifier for the 1976 Summer Olympics, and was seen as a lock for Japan's Olympic judo team. However, Sonoda defeated Fujii by a very close decision, gained his first appearance at the Olympics at age 29.. He defeated Valeriy Dvoinikov of the Soviet Union by koka from an Osoto Gari in the finals to capture the gold medal.

Sonoda retired after competing in the 1978 Jigoro Kano Cup along with Kazuhiro Ninomiya. He and Ninomiya were rivals and friends for over 30 years, having been born on the same year, entered the same police force, competed in the same World Championships and Olympics, and having retired at the same time. He worked as a judo instructor for the Fukuoka prefectural police, and one of his pupils, Kie Kusakabe appeared in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics

Best Contest Techniques

KOUCHI-GARI, OUCHI-GARI, OSOTO-GARI, OSOTO-GAESHI, TAI-OTOSHI,

UCHI-MATA

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Montreal 1976

 

World Championships

gold Mexico City 1969

silver Lausanne 1973

 

All Japan Championships

bronze 1969

bronze 1970

 

 

Suzuki Keiji (1980-)         Olympic and two-time World Champion

-100 kg/ +100kg (220.5 lbs)

He won the Olympic gold medal in the heavyweight (+100 kg) division in the 2004. He is also a two-time world champion. He is noted for being a remarkably small judoka in the heavyweight division; he also regularly competes in the light-heavyweight (-100 kg) class.

 

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004

 

World Championships

gold  Osaka      2003 (Open)

gold  Cairo       2005 (+100 kg)

 

All Japan Championships

Silver 2003

gold 2004

silver 2008

 

 

 

Takimoto Makoto (1974-)                         Olympic Champion

-81kg (178.6 lbs) and 78kg (172 lbs)

 

He won a gold medal at the -81 kg category of the 2000 Summer Olympics. He is from Iwai, Ibaraki. He began judo at the age of six. After graduation from Nihon University, he belonged to the Japan Racing Association. Takimoto made his MMA debut on 31 December 2004 against Sentoryu Miller at PRIDE Shockwave 2004. He scored a major upset on December 31, 2007 at Yarennoka, where he beat Murilo Bustamante by split decision. On May, 2nd 2009 Takimoto made his welterweight debut at Sengoku 8. Takimoto is expected to participate in ASTRA, the farewell event for Hidehiko Yoshida on

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000 (-81kg)

 

Asian Championships

gold New Delhi 1995 (-78kg)

bronze Osaka 2000 (-81kg)

 

 

Tamura Ryoko (1975-) Two-time Olympic and  seven-time World Champion

-48kg (106 lbs)                                          

 

Miss Judo.She is the biggest smallest judo fighter int he world – the biggest  because of her fame in her home country; the smallest because she fights among the lightest (under 48 kg). At just 16-years-old she won an Olympic silver in 1992, a feat she repeated in 1996 before taking gold at both Sydney in 2000 and Athens 2004. She has therefore disputed the judo final in the 48kg category since its introduction as an Olympic sport. She was world champion six successive times between 1993 and 2003 and holds a very special place in the hearts of Japanese sports fans.

 

 

 

Best Contest Techniques

right OSOTO-GARI, right UCHIMATA, right SEOI-OTOSHI, UCHI-MATA SUKASHI, right OUCHI-GARI, DE-ASHI-BARAI, MOROTE-SEOI-NAGE, YOKO-SHIHO-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Barcelona 1992

silver Atlanta 1996

gold Sydney 2000

gold Athens 2004

bronze Beijing 2008

 

World Championships

bronze Barcelona 1991

gold Hamilton 1993

gold Makuhari 1995

gold Paris 1997

gold Birmingham 1999

gold Munich 2001

gold Osaka 2003

gold Rio de Janeiro 2007

 

Fukuoka Tournament

gold  1990,1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 1999, 2000

 

 

Tanimoto Ayumi (1981-)               two-time Olympic Champion

-63 kg (139 lbs)

 She was coached by Toshihiko Koga, who is a gold medalist at the Barcelona Olympics and a silver medalist at the Atlanta Olympics Men's Judo. Tanimoto won the Women's -63kg category gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

On September 2005, she won the silver medal at the World judo championship games in Cairo, Egypt

 

Best Contest Techniques

HARAI-GOSHI, SODE-TSURI-KOMI-GOSHI

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004

gold Beijing 2008

 

World Championship

bronze Munich 2001

silver Cairo 2005

bronze Rio de Janeiro 2007

 

 

Asian Games

gold Busan 2002

bronze Doha 2006

 

Asian Championship

gold Ulaabaator 2001

gold Almaty 2004

 

 

Tsukada Maki (1982-)                                   Olympic and World Champion

 +78 kg (172 lbs) / Open division

She is a Japanese female judoka. She won the Women's +78kg category gold medal at the Athens Olympic in 2004 and the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

On September 2003, Tsukada won the silver medal at the World judo championship games in Osaka, Japan. On September 2005, she won the bronze medal at the World judo championship games in Cairo, Egypt

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004

silver Beijing 2008

 

World Championships

silver Osaka 2003

bronze Kairo 2005

gold Rio de Janeiro 2007 (Open)

silver Rio de Janeiro 2007 (+78 kg)

 

All Japan weight category Championships

bronze 2001 (+78 kg)

gold 2008 (+78 kg)

silver 2010 (+78 kg)

 

 

Uchishiba Masato (1978-)                         Olympic Champion

-66 kg (145.5 lbs) / 60 kg (132.25 lbs)

 

He is a judoka who won the gold medal in the men's under 66 kg division at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. To win the Olympic gold at Athens, he defeated Jozef Krnac of Slovakia. Of winning the gold, he said, "I wanted this so badly I wouldn't have cared if it was my last fight ever," though his comments were officially translated as: "It is probably my last Olympics, that is why I am proud of my medal." At the 2005 Judo World Championships, he won silver in his division. He also won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics against Benjamin Darbeletof France.

 

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athen 2004 (-66 kg)

 

World Championships

silver Cairo 2005 (-66 kg)

 

Asian Games

bronze Busan 2002 (-60 kg)

 

All Japan weight category Championships

bronze 2001 (-60 kg)

gold 2008 (-66 kg)

 

Uemura Haruki 上村 春樹(1951-)Olympic and World Champion

Open division

 

He is a former judoka from Japan, who won the gold medal in the Open Class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. In the final of the Olympic tournament in Canada he defeated Great Britain's Keith Remfry. In 2009 he was elected President of KODOKAN and he was awarded the rank of 9th dan.

 

Best Contest Techniques

TAI-OTOSHI, SEOI-NAGE, OSOTO-GARI, SASAE-TSURIKOMI-ASHI, UCHI-MATA, SHIME-WAZA

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Montreal 1976 (Open)

 

World  Championship

silver Lausanne 1973 (Open)

gold Vienna 1975 (Open)

 

All Japan Championships

gold 1973

gold 1975

bronze 1976

bronze 1979

 

 

Ueno Masae (1979-)Two- time Olympic and two-time World Champion

-70 kg (154 lbs)

She is a Japanese judoka was born January 17, 1979 in Asahikawa Hokkaidō. In 2004, she earned Japans fifth Olympic Gold Medal in ten events, taking the 70 kg women's judo event. She also won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2008. Her younger sisters, Yoshie is World champion in 2009 and Tomoe is World junior champion in 2006.

 

Best Contest Techniques

TAI-OTOSHI, O-UCHI-GARI, OSOTO-GARI

 

 

 

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004

gold Beijing 2008

 

World Championship

gold Munich 2001

gold Osaka 2003

 

Asian Games

gold Osaka 2000

gold Almaty 2004

gold Jeju 2008

 

All Japan weight categoryChampionships

gold 2001 (-70 kg)

bronze 2008 (-70 kg)

 

 

Yamaguchi Kaori (1964-)                                World Champion

52kg (114.61 lbs)

 

She won the All-Japan Judo Championships 10 consecutive times from 1978-1987 (twice in the -50 kg division, seven times in the -52 kg division) and won her first medal at the 1980 World Judo Championships. She was the first Japanese woman medalist at the world championships. She went on to win 4 silver medals and one gold medal at the World Judo Championships. She also made an appearance at the 1988 Olympic Games, and finished with a bronze medal, though women's judo was a demonstration sport at the time. She retired from competitive judo in 1989 when she graduated from the University of Tsukuba. She has worked as an instructor for the University of Tsukuba and Musashi University since retiring.

 

Best Contest Techniques

KOUCHI-GARI, TAI-OTOSHI

 

Best Competition Results

World Championships

silver New York 1980

silver Paris 1982

gold Vienna 1984

silver Maastricht 1986

silver Essen 1987

 

Fukoka Cup

silver 1983

silver 1984

gold 1985

gold 1986

silver 1987

 

National Japanese Weight Category Championships

gold 10 times (consecutively)

 

Yamashita Yasuhiro (1957-) Olympic and three-time World Champion

+95kg (209 lbs) / Open division

 

He is one of the most successful judo competitors of all time. He currently works as an instructor or advisor for numerous organizations, including Tōkai University, the International Judo Federation, and the All Japan Judo Federation. He retired from competitive judo in 1985 after a remarkable career where he won five gold medals in international competitions and marked 203 consecutive victories (with 7 draws in-between) up until his retirement. He received the Japanese National Prize of Honor in 1984. He has a record: he won All Japan

Judo Championship nine times in succession (1977-1985).

 

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, UCHIMATA, OUCHI-GARI, YOKO-SHIHO-GATAME,OKURI-ERI-JIME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic  Games

gold Los Angeles (Open) 1984

 

World Championships

gold Paris 1979 (+95kg)

gold Maastricht 1981 /(+95kg)

gold Maastricht 1981 (Open)

gold Moskow 1983 (+95kg)

 

All-Japan Championships

gold 1977-1985 (nine times)

 

Publications

Yamashita, Yasuhiro (1957 - ), " Osoto-gari (judo masterclass techniques) ", Wiltshire, United

Kingdom, Crowood, 1991, 96p, 19 cm, 3538, ISBN 1852234903.

Yamashita, Yasuhiro (1957 - ), " The fighting spirit of judo : the technique and spirit to win ", London,

United Kingdom, Ippon, 1993, 208p, 25 cm, KS, ISBN 1874572151.

 

 

Yoshida Hidehiko (1969-)    Olympic and World Champion

-78 kg (172 lbs ) / -86 kg (189.5 lbs ) / 90 kg (198.5 lbs)

 

Heis a Japanese gold-medalist judoka and MMA Heavyweight fighter currently competing in World Victory Road. He is a long time veteran of Japan's Pride Fighting Championships competed in the Middleweight division also managing to fight in the semi-finals in the Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix. Yoshida holds notable wins against Don Frye, Kiyoshi Tamura, Mark Hunt, Tank Abbott Naoya OGAWA, Royce Gracie and Maurice Smith.  He won the gold medal in Judo(78 kg class) at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and competed in PRIDE Fighting Championships. He is known for his power and strong chin, having never been knocked out in a mixed martial arts bout until PRIDE Shockwave 2006. His first submission defeat was to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovićon 2 July 2006 when he submitted from repeated kicks to the leg. Yoshida is one of the few fighters who still wears a gi when he fights, although he sometimes has worn shorts.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold  Barcelona 1992 (-78 kg)

 

World Championship

bronze Barcelona 1991 (-78 kg)

silver Hamilton 1993 (-78 kg)

silver Chiba 1995 (-86 kg)

gold Birmingham 1999 (-90kg)

 

Asian Championship

gold Damascus 1988 (-78 kg)

 

All Japan Championships

bronze 1991

silver 1994

 

 

                                  FRANCE

 

Alexandre, Mark (1959-)                          Olympic Champion

-65kg (143 lbs) / -71kg (156.5 lbs)

Alexandre won the bronze medal in the men's half-lightweight division (– 65 kg), alongside Austria's Josef Reiter, at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, followed by the gold medal, four years later in Seoul, South Korea in the lightweight category (– 71 kg) by defeating East Germany's Sven Loll in the final.

One year before he had come 2nd in the World Championships of 1987. In addition he has become French Champion and European Champion and was recruited latter as the Trainer of the National French Judo Team.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Los Angeles 1984

gold Seoul 1988

 

World Championships

silver Essen 1987

 

European Championships

gold  Liege           1984

silver Hamar         1985

bronze Belgrade    1986

bronze  Helsinki    1989 (71kg)

 

 

 

Bouras, Djamel (1971-)                                   Olympic Champion                            

-81 kg(176 lbs) / 78 kg (172 lbs)

 

He is a French judoka of Algerian origin. He won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996

 

European Championships

Silver Birmingham 1995

gold The Hague 1996

silver Ostend 1997 (78 kg)

bronze Bratislava 1999 (81 kg)

 

 

Deydier,Brigitte (1958-)             three-time World  Champion

-61 kg (134.5 lbs)/-66 Kg (145.5 lbs)

 

She was born in Morocco,  She is a former French judoka fighting in the 66kg category, it is the first real female star of French judo, becoming 3-time world champion in 1982, 1984, 1986. She also earned a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988 when women's judo was a demonstration sport.

 

Best Contest Techniques

 UCHIMATA,KOUCHI-GARI, JUJI-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Seoul 1988

 

World Championships

gold  Paris 1982

gold  Vienna 1984

gold  Maastricht 1986

silver  Essen 1987

 

European Championships

 

gold  Kerkrade  1979 (-61kg)

silver Undine  1980 ( -61kg)

gold  Pirmasen 1984 (-66kg)

gold  Landskrona 1985

gold  London  1986

bronze  Pamplona  1988

 

Fukuoka Cup

silver 1986

bronze 1987

Douillet, David (1969- )    Two time Olympic and four-time World Champion

+95 kg (209 lbs)/+100 Kg (220.5 lbs) and Open division

 

Douillet is a French judoka and a politician. He was born in city of Rouen. The main accomplishment by him was that he won judo heavy weight gold medals in the Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). The achievements made him one of the famous judoka in French history. After covering the sports career, he was engaged in politics.

By 1995 he became the first westerner to hold both the  world heavyweight and openweight crowns.

 

Best ContestTechniques

right UCHIMATA, right HARAI-GOSHI, right OUCHI-GARI, right OSOTO-GARI

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze  Barcelona 1992 (+95kg)

gold  Atlanta  1996 (+95kg)

gold  Sydney  2000 (+100kg)

 

World Championships

gold  Hamilton  1993 (+95kg)

gold  Makuhari  1995 (+95kg)

gold Makuhari 1995 (Open)

gold Paris         1997(+95kg)

 

European Championships

bronze  Prague 1991 (+95kg)

bronze Paris     1992 (+95kg)

silver  Athens  1993 (+95kg)

gold Gdansk 1994 (+95kg)

 

 

Fleury-Vachon, Catherine (1966-)    Olympic and World Champion

-63 kg (134.5 lbs)

She was a  world champion and olympic champion. She won a gold medal in the half middleweight division at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She received a gold medal at the 1989 World Judo Championships, and bronze medals at the 1991 World Judo Championships and at the 1995 World Judo Championships.

Best Contest Techniques

SUKUI-NAGE, OSOTO-GARI, SODE-TSURI-KOMI-GOSHI

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992

 

World Championships

gold Belgrade 1989

bronze Barcelona 1991

bronze Chiba 1995

 

 

Rey,Thierry (1959-)                    Olympic and World Champion

-60 kg (132.25 lbs)

 

. He began his career by winning the tournament in 1978 in Paris and the championship of France in the category of super-lightweight (- 60 kilograms). In 1979, it retains these 2 titles and also became world champion. He becomes the following year, Olympic champion at the Moscow Games. By 1981, he moved to the category of mid-light and became champion of France. In 1983 he became European champion at Stade Pierre de Coubertin of Paris.

He retains his passion for the sport after retiring as an athlete in 1984. In 2007 he becomes president of the Judo Team Lagardère Paris Racing, having been responsible for the Paris-Judo for many years. Since May 14, 2008, he was director of sports development of high-level Lagardère Paris Racing and Team Lagardere.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Moscow 1980

 

World Championships

gold Paris 1979

 

European Championships

bronze 1980 (60 kg)

silver 1981 (-65 kg)

silver 1982 (-65 kg)

gold 1983 (-65 kg)

 

 

Rougé, Jan- Luc (1949-)              World and four-time European Champion

  -93kg (205 lbs) / +95kg (209 lbs)

 

He has played a key role in the growth of JUDO in his homeland, France. This country developed the largest JUDO population of any country outside Japan. He was technical director and then director of the French JUDO Federation.

 

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, HARAI-GOSHI, UCHIMATA

 

Best Competition Results

World Championships

gold Vienna 1975 (-93kg)

silver Paris 1979 (+95kg) / bronze (Open)

 

European Championships

gold Madrid 1973 (u93kg)

silver Lyons 1975 (-93kg)

gold Ludwigshafen 1977 (+95kg)

bronze Helsinki 1978 (+95kg) / bronze (Open)

gold Brussels 1979 (+95kg)

gold Vienna 1980 (+95kg)

Publications

Rougé, Jean Luc " Harai-goshi (judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom,

Ippon, 1991, 95p, 24 cm, MBR, ISBN 1852235977.

 

 

Nowak, Cecile (1961-)            Olympic and World Champion

-48kg (106 lbs) / -52kg (114.61 lbs)

 

She is a former French judoka, category of less than 52 kg. After his brilliant career, she was part of the team coaches of the France squad. She currently leads the division hopes Tourcoing supporting talented young judo, junior cadets. For the 2008 Olympics, she joined RMC as a consultant for Judo Dream Team TON.

 

Best Contest Techniques

left UCHIMATA, left OGOSI, right SODE- TSURIKOMI-GOSHI, UTSURI-GOSHI, URANAGE

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992

 

World Championships

bronze Belgrade 1989

gold Barcelona 1991

bronze Hamilton 1993 (52 kg)

 

European Championships

gold Helsinki 1989

gold Frankfurt 1990

gold Prague  1991

gold Paris 1992

silver Athens 1993 (-52kg)

 

 

Paris,Angelo (1953-)                                       Olympic Champion

-93 kg (206 lbs) / +95 kg (209 lbs)

 

He was born in Italy, but emigrated to England with his parents in 1956.
He began judo in 1967 and obtained his black belt in 1968 at the age of 15.  In 1975 for family reasons, he opted for French citizenship and settled to France.
Having put an end to his career, Angelo Parisi becomes coach of France from 1985 to 1991. He won a gold medal from the Youth and Sports, has earned the distinction of Chevalier in the National Order of Merit in 2004 he was appointed glory of French sport.

 

Best Contest Techniques

MOROTE-SEOI-NAGE, (left and right), OSOTO-GARI, ASHIWAZA, HIZA-GURUMA, TAI-OTOSHI, DEASHI-BARAI

 

 

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Munich 1972 (Open) for Britain

gold Moscow 1980 (+95 kg)

silver (Open) for France

silver Los Angeles 1984 (+95 kg)

 

European Championships

gold Ludwigshafen 1977 (Open)for Britain

gold Liége 1983 (+95kg)

 

 

Restoux, Mary-Clair (1968-)     Olympic and two-time World Champion

-52kg (114.61 lbs)


 She is the wife of major events: winning once at the national level, she has never won the Paris tournament, or the European championships, however it has won the first three international gatherings in which it participated: 1995 World Championships and 1997 Olympic Games in 1996.

 

Best Contest Techniques

left OSOTO-GARI, left TSURI-GOSHI, TANI-OTOSHI, JUJI-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996

 

World Champioships

gold Makuhari 1995

gold Paris 1997

bronze Birmingham 1999

 

European Championships

bronze Den Haag 1996

bronze Ostende 1997

bronze Oviedo 1998

 

 

Rougé, Jan- Luc (1949-)                                 World Champion

  -93 kg (205 lbs) /+95 Kg (209 lbs)

 

He has played a key role in the growth of JUDO in his homeland, France. This country developed the largest JUDO population of any country outside Japan. He was technical director and then director of the French JUDO Federation.

 

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, HARAI-GOSHI, UCHIMATA

 

 

 

Best Competition Results

World Championships

gold Vienna 1975 (-93kg)

silver Paris 1979 (+95kg) / bronze (Open)

 

European Championships

gold Madrid 1973 (u93kg)

silver Lyons 1975 (-93kg)

gold Ludwigshafen 1977 (+95kg)

bronze Helsinki 1978 (+95kg) / bronze (Open)

gold Brussels 1979 (+95kg)

gold Vienna 1980 (+95kg)

 

 

Vandenhend Severine (1974-)          Olympic Champion

-63 kg (139 lbs)

 

She is a French judoka, world champion and olympic champion. She won a gold medal in the half middleweight division at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney

She received a gold medal at the 1997 World Judo Championships

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold 2000 Sydney (-63 kg)

 

European Championships

silver Wroclaw 2000

bronze Ostend 1997

 

 

                                   SOUTH KOREA

 

Ahn Byeong-Keun (1962- )              Olympic and World Champion

-71kg (156.5 lbs)

 

He is a retired judoka from South Korea, who represented his native country at the 1984 Olympic Games. There he claimed the gold medal in the men's lightweight division (– 71 kg) by defeating Italy's Ezio GAMBA in the final.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Los Angeles 1984

 

World Championships

gold Seoul 1985

 

Asian Games

gold Seoul 1986

 

Cho, Min-Sun (1972-)                      Olympic and two-time World Champion

 -48kg (106 lbs) / -52kg (114.61) / -56kg (123 lbs)

/-66kg  (145.5) /-70kg (154.35 lbs)

Cho won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, and also won two gold medals at the 1993 and 1995 World Championships. She also won a bronze medal in the -48kg division at the 1988 Summer Olympics (women's judo competition at the 1988 Olympics was held as a demonstration sport). Cho is the only South Korean judoka to win national championships in five different judo divisions: from 48 to 66 kg. She is currently a full professor at Korea National Sport University in Seoul.

Best Contest Techniques

OUCHI-GARI, UCHIMATA

 

Best Competition results

Olympic Games

bronze Seoul 1988 ( -48 kg)

gold     Atlanta 1996 (-66 kg)

bronze Sidney 2000 Sydney (-70kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Belgrade 1989 ( -52 kg)

gold     Hamilton 1993 (- 66kg)

gold  Mahuhari 1995 ( -66kg)

bronze  Paris 1997 (-70kg)

 

Fukuoka Tournament

bronze 1988 (-48kg)

gold 1993  (-66kg)

gold 1996 (-66kg)

 

 

Choi Min Ho (1980-)                  Olympic and World Champion

-60kg (132.25 lbs)

He is a male South Korean judoka who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics in the 60kg extra-lightweight category.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, he ended all 5 of his matches by Ippon, and defeated European champion Ludwig Paischer in the final for the gold medal.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Athens 2004

gold Beijing 2008

 

World Championships

gold Osaka 2003

bronze Rio de Janeiro 2007

Asian Games

bronze  Busan 2002

 

Asian Championships

silver Ulaabaatar 2001

bronze Kuwait City 2007

 

 

Ha Hyoung-Zoo (1962-)                                             Olympic Champion

-95 kg (209 lbs) / Open division

He is also known by Ha Hyung-Joo, is a retired judoka from South Korea. In 1981, he became the first open division champion to represent South Korea at the Asian Judo Championships in Jakarta. Ha represented his native country at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and claimed the gold medal in the men's half heavyweight division (– 95 kg) by defeating Brazil's Douglas Vieira in the final.

Yasuo Shiraishi is a Japanese martial artisit who affected Ha's Judo style.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Los Angeles 1984

 

World Championships

bronze Maastricht 1981

silver Seoul 1985

bronze Essen 1987

 

Asian Games

gold Seoul 1986

 

Asian Championships

gold Jakarta 1981 (Open)

bronze Jakarta 1981 (-95 kg)

 

 

Jeon Ki-young (1973-)                   Olympic and three- time World Champion

-86kg (189.5 lbs) / -78kg (172 lbs)

He is a South Korean judo legend who is universally considered the sport's greatest middleweight competitor, as well as one of the greatest judoka of all time. Jeon has won three consecutive world championships (1993, 1995, 1997), twice beating the Japanese judo legend Hidehiko Yoshida in dramatic fashion in the finals, including once in Yoshida's home court in Japan. He has also won six world cup titles. The crowning moment in Jeon's judo career came in winning the gold medal in the men's middleweight division at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, U.S. He defeated Armen Bagdasarov of Uzbekistan in the final match by ippon. In his march to the gold, Jeon won every match by ippon, except the 1st round match against the Dutch judoka Mark Huizinga who would go on to dominate the weight once Jeon himself retired. Jeon retired from competition at a relatively young age of 25 in 1999, citing both knee injuries and an absence of motivation due to lack of competition. He retired undefeated in both Olympic and world championship competition.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996 (-86 kg)

 

World Championship

gold Hamilton 1993 (-78 kg)

gold Chiba 1995 (-86 kg)

gold Paris 1997 (-86 kg)

 

Asian Championships

gold New Delhi 1995 (-86 kg)

bronze Ho Chi Minh 1996 (-86 kg)

 

 

Kim Jae-Yup (1965-)                                    Olympic and World Champion

-60kg (132.25 lbs)

 

At the age of 19, he became runner-up in the extra-lightweight (60 kg) division in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics losing to Shinji HOSAKAWA of Japan, who was the resigning world champion, by ippon.

But three years later, KIM went up against HOSAKAWA in the final again at the World Championship held in Essen, Germany, and avenged the loss, beating by ippon.

In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Kim finally captured a Olympic gold medal by defeating Kevin Asano of the United States, dominating all the matches without allowing any single point.

He currently serves as a full-time professor at Dong Seoul College in South Korea.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Los Angeles 1984

gold Seoul 1988

 

World Championships

gold Essen 1987

 

Asian Games

gold Seoul 1986

 

 

Kim Mi-Jung (1971-)                                      Olympic and World Champion

-72 kg (158.5 lbs)

 

She is a retired female South Korean judoka. She was a shot putter in high school but changed to be a judoka at the age of 17, and in a year Kim was selected to be a member of the South Korean national judo team in 1989.

Next year, Kim won bronze at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, and in 1991 she became her first world champion in the 72 kg division at the World Championships in Barcelona.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics she finally won the Olympic gold medal in the women's Half Heavyweight (-72 kg) category.

Kim retired from competitive judo after winning the Asian Game gold medal in 1994. She has been serving as a judo coach and professor for Yong-In University, South Korea.

 

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992

 

World Champion

gold Barcelona 1991

bronze Hamilton 1993

 

Asian Games

gold Hiroshima 1994

bronze Beijing 1990

 

Asian Championships

silver Macau 1993

 

 

Kye Sun-Hui (1979-)                          Olympic and four time World Champion

-48 kg (106 lbs / 52 kg (114.61 lbs) / 57 kg (125.68 lbs)

 

Kye won three Olympic medals in different weight classes, in 1996, 2000 and 2004. When she won the gold medal in Atlanta, 1996 she became the youngest gold medalist in judo. She had entered the Games thanks to the wild card system, and her Olympic gold has been described as one of the biggest surprises of the Atlanta Olympics.

Kye will be competing for the fourth time at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

She has been awarded the Kim Il Sung Prize and the title of "labour heroine".

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996 (-48 kg)

silver Athens 2004 (-57 kg)

bronze Sydney 2000 (-52 kg)

 

World Championships

silver Paris 1997 (-52 kg)

bronze Birmingham 1999 (-52 kg)

gold Munich 2001 (-52 kg)

gold Osaka 2003 (-57 kg)

gold Cairo 2005 (-57 kg)

gold Rio de Janeiro (-57 kg)

 

 

 

 

Lee Kyung-Keun (1962-)                                    Olympic Champion

-65 kg(143 lbs)

He was a runner-up in the half-lightweight (65 kg) division at the 1985 World Judo Championships. Three years later, at the Summer Olympics 1988 in Seoul, Lee won an Olympic gold medal in the half-lightweight (65 kg) division.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Seoul 1988

 

World Championships

silver Seoul 1985

 

Asian Games

gold Seoul 1986

 

 

Lee Won-Hee (1981-)                Olympic and World Champion

-73 kg (164 lbs)

He is a male South Korean Judoka who won the gold medal in the men's 66-73 kg division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He also won the gold medal in Doha Asian Games in 2006 and won the World championship in 2003, in Osaka.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004

 

World Championships

gold Osaka 2003

 

Asian Games

gold Doha 2006

 

Asian Championships

gold Jeju 2003

 

 

                                 CHINA

 

Gao, Fenglian (1964-)                        four-time World Champion

+72 kg (158.5 lbs) / Open division

 

Best Contest Techniques

left MAKI-KOMI, left KOSOTO- GARI, right MAKI-KOMI, KESA-GATAME

 

 

Best  Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Seoul 1988

 

World Championchips

silver Vienna 1984 (+72kg)

bronze Vienna1984 (Open)

gold   Maastricht 1986 (+72kg)

gold  Essen  1987  (+72kg)

gold  Essen 1987 (Open)

gold  Belgrade 1989 (+72kg)

 

 

Sun, Fuming (1974-)                   Olympic and World Champion

+72 kg (158.5 lbs) / +78 kg (172 lbs) / Open division

 

She is a female Chinese judoka who competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics and in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

She won the gold medal in the heavyweight class in 1996. Eight years later she won the bronze medal in the heavyweight class.

 

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996 (+72 kg)

bronze Athens 2004 (+78 kg)

 

World Championships

silver Chiba 1995 (Open)

Bronze Paris 1997 (+72 kg)

gold Osaka 2003 (+78 kg)

 

Asian Games

gold Busan 2002 (+72 kg)

 

Asian Championships

gold Osaka 2000 (Open)

 

 

Tang, Lin (1976-)                                                  Olympic Champion

-78 kg (172 lbs)

She is a Chinese judoka and olympic champion. She won a gold medal in the half heavyweight division at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000

 

Tong, Wen  (1983-)                      Olympic and four time World Champion

+78 kg (172 lbs) / Open division

She is a Chinese judoka. Born in Tianjin and began training in Judo when she was 13, she won a gold medal at the +78 kg category of the 2003 World Judo Championships and the 2006 Asian Games

In 2008 Summer Olympics, she defeated Japanese Judoka Maki Tsukada when the time of Final competition remained 15 seconds by Ippon Seoinage which scored her Ippon

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Beijing 2008 (+78 kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Munich 2001 (Open)

gold Osaka 2003 (Open )

gold Cairo 2005 (+78 kg)

gold Rio de Janeio 2007 (+78 kg)

gold Rotterdam 2009 (+78 kg)

 

Asian Games

gold Busan 2002 (Open)

 

Asian Championships

gold Osaka 2000 (+78 kg)

 

 

Yuan, Xian (1974-)                        Olympic and World Champion

+78 kg (172 lbs) / Open division

He is a Chinese judoka and olympic champion. She won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000 (+78 kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Paris 1997 (Open)

silver Birmingham 1999 (+78 kg)

gold Munich 2001 (+78 kg)

 

Asian Games

gold Bankok 1998 (+78 kg)

 

Asian Championships

gold Ho Shi Minh City 1996 (+72 kg)

gold Ho Shi Minh City 1996 (Open)

gold Kuwait City 2007 (Open)

bronze Kuwait City 2007 (+78 kg)

 

Xian,Dongmei (1975-)                 Two time Olympic Champion

-52 kg (114.61 lbs)

 

She is Chinese Judoka who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Born in Sihui, she won the gold medal in the half-lightweight class in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Xian gave birth to a daughter only four months before beginning training for Beijing.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004

gold Beijing 2008

 

Asian Games

silver Busan 2002

 

Asian Championships

bronze Macau 1993

silver New Delhi 1995

silver Almaty 2004

 

 

Xiuli, Yang (1983-)                                               Olympic Champion

-78kg (172 lbs)

 

Best Competoition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Doha 2006

gold Beijing 2008

 

Asian Championships

gold Ho Shi Minh City 1996 (+72 kg)

gold Ho Shi Minh City 1996 (Open)

gold Kuwait City 2007 (Open)

bronze Kuwait City 2007 (+78 kg)

 

 

Zhuang, Xiaoyan (1969-)                          Olympic Champion

-72kg (158.5 lbs)

She is a Chinese judoka and olympic champion. She won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992

 

                                       CUBA

 

Gonzales Morales, Driulys (1973) Olympic and 3-time World  Champion

 -56 kg (123 lbs)/-57 Kg (125.68 lbs) -63kg (138.9lbs)

She is a judoka who has won four Olympic medals, including a gold medal in 1996. Because of pregnancy, she skipped the 2001 World Championships. After her son's birth González changed from weight category U57 to U63. She carried the flag for her native country at the opening ceremony of the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Along with Australia's Mária PEKLI  and Japan's Ryoko TAMURA-Tani, Driulis is the first female judoka to compete at five Olympics. The only other judokas to compete at five Olympics are Belgian Robert VAN DER WALLE  and Puerto Rican judoka-bobsledder Jorge Bonnet.

Best Contest  Techniques

drop SEOINAGE, OUCHI-GARI, MOROTE-GARI

 

Best  Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Barcelona 1992 (-56kg)

gold  Atlanta  1996 (-56kg)

silver Sydney 2000 (-57kg)

silver Athen 2004 (-63kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Hamilton 1993 (-56kg)

gold Chiba 1995 (-56kg)

gold Makuhari 1995

silver Osaka 1997 (-57kg)

silver Paris 1997

gold Birmingham 1999 (-57kg)

silver Osaka 2003 (-63kg)

bronze Cairo 2005 (-63kg)

 

Fukuoka Tournament

gold 1997

gold 1999(Jan)

gold 1999 (Dec)

gold 2000      

 

 

Revé Jimenez, Odalys (1970-)           Olympic Champion

-66kg (145.5 lbs)

 

She won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona at the first appearance of women's judo at the Olympic program. She was also twice runner-world champion.
It turns out in 1989 by winning the bronze medal at Worlds in Belgrade. Two years later, it fails this time in the final against the Italian Emanuela PIERANTOZZI but took the silver. The following year, she took revenge against the same judoka in the final of the Olympic tournament in Barcelona and becomes the first Cuban Olympic champion in judo. Thirth at Worlds in 1993 and second in 1995 in Chiba, it fails in the preservation of his Olympic title in Atlanta in 1996.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcolona 1992

 

World Championships

bronze 1989 Belgrade

silver 1991 Barcelona

bronze 1993 Hamilton

silver 1995 Chiba

 

 

Rodriguez Torres, Hector (1951-)                          Olympic Champion

-63 kg (139 lbs)

 

Heis a Cuban judoka and Olympic champion. He won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal by defeating South Korea's Chang Eun-Yung in the final

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Montreal 1976

 

World Championships

bronze Lausanne 1973

 

 

Savon, Amarilis (1974 - )                          World Champion

-48/-52 kg

She won three bronze medals at the Olympics. In 1992, she won third place only 18 years behind those who dominate then the category of super-light weight (-48 kg): Ryoko TAMURA and Cécile NOWAK. Four years later in Atlanta, it fails again at the gates of the final, beat in 1 / 2 final by the Japanese Ryoko TAMURA. After an absence at the Sydney Olympiad in 2000, she changes happening in class and Half Lightweight (-52 kg). She wins another bronze medal in this category at the Athens Games. At the World Championships, after several podiums, it must wait until 2003 to win his first international crown. Previously, she was shown three times, winning the gold medal at the Pan American Games.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Barcelona  1992

bronze Atlanta       1996

bronze Athens        2004

 

World Championships

bronze Chiba          1995

silver Paris              1997

silver Birmingham  1999

Gold Osaka              2003 (-52 kg)

 

Veranes Morell, Sibelils (1974-)            Olympic and World Champion

-70kg (154.35 lbs)

 

She is a Cuban judoka. At the 2000 Summer Olympics she won the gold medal in the women's Middleweight (63–70 kg) category

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000 (-70kg)

 

World Championship

gold Birmingham 1999 (-70kg)

 

 

Verdecia Rodriguez, Legn (1972-Olympic Champion

-52 kg (114.61 lbs)

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Atlanta 1996

gold Sydney 2000

                                                           

World Championships

bronze Barcelona 1991

gold Hamilton 1993 (48 kg)

bronze Chiba 1995

 

 

                           Soviet Union

 

 

Chochoshvili, Shota (1950- 2009)                                  Olympic Champion

-93 kg (205 lbs )

 

Shota Chochosivili was the first Judoka to win gold for former Soviet Union. In 1972 Olympics, nearly everyone believed that Fumio SASAHARA would bring gold for Japan in 93 kg division.

. In the final match of 1972 Olympics  Chochosivili defeated Starbrook by decision and won the gold medal for USSR.

 

Best Contest Techniques

URA-NAGE, HARAI-GOSHI

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Munich 1972

bronze Montreal 1976

 

World Championships

bronze Vienna 1975 (Open)

 

European Championships

bronze Ludwigshafen  1977 (Open)

 

 

Khabarelli, Shota (1958- )                        Olympic Champion

-78kg (172 lbs)

 

There is a special technique was named after him by the INTERNATIONAL JUDO FEDERATION. This technique was brought from the Georgian wrestling. It is KHABARELLI pick-up. But in the 1990s, the IJF decided to keep the names of all the official

techniques in Japanese, and changed the pick-up ’KHABARELLI’ to HIKKOMI-GAESHI.

 

Best Contest Techniques

„Khabarelli”,OUCHI-GARI, Pick-ups,Leg-grabs 

 

Best  Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Moskow 1980

 

World Championships

silver Moskow 1983

 

European Championships

silver Brussels 1979

bronze Debrecen 1981

silver Rostock  1982

bronze Paris 1983

 

 

Nevzerov, Vladimir (1952-) Olympic and World Champion

-70kg (154 lbs)

 

He was the first Russian (Soviet) to win a world title. It was an extraordinary result, given  the fact that Soviets were always regarded as among the toughest of opponents, and that they usually figured in the medals of major events. He was a hard-training man was good in classical JUDO techniques.

 

Best ContestTechniques

TAI-OTOSHI, IPPON-SEOI-NAGE (left and right), OSOTO-GARI, UCHIMATA, ASHIWAZA

 

Best Competition  Results

Olympic Games

gold Montreal 1976

 

World Championships

gold Vienna 1975

 

European Championships

gold Lyons 1975

gold  Ludwigshafen  1977

           

Novikov, Sergei (1949- )                            Olympic Champion

-93kg (205 lbs)

He is an Ukrainian judoka who competed for the Soviet Union at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He started SAMBO wrestling at l5, won several titles at the USSR Junior Sambo Championships, then was coached in judo in 1970 and sent to the European Judo Championships. It was his first try ont he judo mats, and he won third place. He founded in the year 2000 the International Unifight Federation, in Paris.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold  Montreal 1976

 

World Championships

Bronze Lausanne 1973 (+93 kg)

Silver Vienna  1975 (+93 kg)

 

European Championships

gold Madrid 1973 (Open)

gold London 1974 (Open)

silver Lyon 1975 (+93 kg)

gold Kiev 1976 (+93 kg)

bronze Helsinki 1978 (+95 kg)

bronze Vienna 1980 (Open)

 

 

Soloduchin, Nicolai (1955-)         Olympic and two-time World Champion

-65 Kg (143 lbs)

 

Best Contest Techniques

SEOI-NAGE (standing and from the knees), UCHIMATA,SHIMEWAZA, (from standing),OSAEKOMI, especially YOKO-SHIHO-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Moscow 1980

 

World Championships

gold Paris 1979

gold Moscow 1983

 

European Championships

gold Brussels 1979

silver Helsinki 1978

bronze Paris 1983

NETHERLANDS

 

 

 

 

Geesink, Anton (1934-2010) Olympic andtwo-time World Champion

 +80 kg (176 lbs ) / Open division                                                                                                 

                                                                                            

He is a 10th dan judoka. He is a three-time World Judo Champion (1961, 1964 and 1965) and Olympic Gold Medalist (1964). He is 6'6" (1.98m) tall and at one time weighted 320 pounds (145 kg). Geesink first participated in the European Championships in 1951, and placed second in his category. The following year, he won his first European title. Through to 1967, twenty more European titles followed. At the 1961 World Championships, Geesink became World Champion in the open category, defeating the Japanese, who had won all World Championship titles up to that point.

Judo debuted as an official sport at the 1964 Summer Olympics, which were held in the sport's home country, Japan. Although Japan dominated three of the four weight divisions (light, middle and heavy), Anton Geesink won the final of the open weight division, defeating Akio Kaminaga in front of his home crowd. After winning the 1965 World Championships and a last European title in 1967, Geesink quit competitive judo. Anton Geesink is the only living 10th dan grade kodansha recognized by the International Judo federation (IJF)  but not by Kodokan. Geesink was among the IOC members suspected of accepting bribes during the scandal surrounding the election of Salt Lake City as the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics. The IOC considered the situation not serious enough for expulsion, and issued a warning to Geesink.

Best Contest Techniques

SASAE-TSURI-KOMI-ASHI, UCHIMATA, ASHIWAZA, HARAI-GOSHI, OSOTO-GARI, MUNE-GATAME, KESA-GATAME

 

Best  Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Tokyo 1964  (Open)

 

World Championships

bronze Tokyo 1956 (Open)

gold  Paris  1961 (Open)

gold Rio de Janeiro 1965 (+80kg)

 

European Championships

gold 21 times (1952-1964 and 1967)

 

Publications:

Geesink, Anton J. " Based on social aspects and biomechanical principles, divided in two parts : judo as an olympic sport, traditional judo ", Tokyo, Japan, Kokushikan University, 2000, 217p, 22 cm, OL.

Geesink, Anton J. " Gokyo : principles of Judo ", London, United Kingdom, W. Foulsham, 1967, 96p, 24 cm, BJ, ISBN 0572004516.

Geesink, Anton J. " Judo principles : Newaza ", New York, United States, Arco Publishing, 1967, 95p, 27 cm, LoC, ISBN 0668018518.

Geesink, Anton J. " Judo principles : Newaza", London, United Kingdom, W. Foulsham & Co., 1969, 95p, 26 cm, BLC, ISBN 0572005970.

Geesink, Anton J. " My championship Judo", New York, United States, Arco Publishing, 1966, 135p, KS.

Geesink, Anton J. " With complements Anton Geesink", UL, UP, 1988, 17p, JBN.

 

 

 

Huizinga,Mark (1973-)                        Olympic Champion

-86kg ( 189.5 lbs) / -90 kg (198.5 lbs)

 

For 15 years he competed at all major judo championships. He has  won among others five European titles and three Olympic medals, of which the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games is my best result. After the 2008 Beijing Olympics he retired from competition as the reigning European champion.

 

Best Contest Techniques

Left-KOUCHI-GARI, left-TACHI-WAZA

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Atlanta 1996 (-86 kg)

gold Sydney 2000 (-90 kg)

bronze Athens 2004 (-90 kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Cairo 2005 (-90kg)

 

European Championships

bronze Gdansk 1994 (-78 kg)

gold The Hague 1996 (-86 kg)

gold Oostende 1997 (-86 kg)

gold Oviedo  1998 (-90 kg)

bronze Bratislava 1999 (-90 kg)

silver Wroclaw 2000 (-90 kg)

gold Paris 2001 (-90 kg)

bronze Maribor 2002 (-90 kg)

bronze Duesseldorf 2003 (-90 kg )

silver Bucharest 2004 (-90 kg)

bronze Rotterdam 2005 (-90 kg)

gold Lisbon 2008 (-90 kg

 

 

Ruska, Willem (1940-2015)     two-time Olympic, and two-time World  Champion

+93kg  (205 lbs) / Open division

 

He was the first man to win two Olympic gold medals.He developed a strong double-lapel grip, and had three main techniques – OSOTO-GARI, TAI-OTOSHI, and HARAI-GOSHI. He was also dangerous on the ground. Later he followed GEESINK, he became a professional wrestler in Japan.

 

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, TAI-OTOSHI, HARAI-GOSHI,YOKO-SHIHO-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Munich 1972 (+93kg)

gold Munich 1972 (Open)

 

World Championships

gold Salt Lake City 1967 (+93kg)

silver Mexiko City 1969 (+93kg)

gold Ludwigshafen 1971 (+93kg)

 

European Championships

bronze Berlin 1965 (+95kg-Amateur)/

silver (Open)

gold Luxemburg 1966 (+93kg)

gold Milan 1967 (+93kg)

gold Ostende 1969 (+93kg)/gold (Open)

silver Berlin 1970 (+93kg)/silver (Open)

gold Gothenbourg 1971 (+93kg)

gold The Hague 1972  (+93kg),gold (Open)

 

 

Seriese, Angelique (1968-)                          World Champion

+72 kg (158.5 lbs)

 

Best Contest Techniques

MAKIKOMI and combinations, including a form of TANI-OTOSHI, OSOTO-GARI, KANSETSU-WAZA, OSAEKOMI

 

Best Competition Results

 World Championchips                          

bronze Essen 1987

silver Hamilton 1993

gold Makuhari 1995

 

European Championships

silver Paris 1987

gold Pamplona 1988

gold Helsinki 1989 (+72g/ gold (Open)

bronze Prague 1991

gold Paris 1992

gold Athens 1993 (Open)

gold Gdansk 1994

gold Birmingham 1995 (Open)

gold Den Haag 1996

 

POLAND

 

 

Legien, Waldemar (1963-)      Two-time Olympic Champion

 -78kg (172 lbs) /-86kg (189.5 lbs)

He is two-time Olympic champion. Since 1993, he coached at Racing Club de France in Paris. It is the only judoka in history double Olympic champion in two different categories (-78kg and-86kg). It is considered one of the greatest strategist of history

Best Contest Techniques

IPON-SEOI-NAGE, KOUCHI-GARI, WAKI-OTOSHI to the left,UCHIMATA,OUCHI-GARI, KOSOTO-GARI to the right

 

Best Competition  Results

Olympic Games

gold Seoul 1988 (-78kg)

gold Barcelona 1992 (-86kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Essen 1987 (-86kg)

bronze Belgrade 1989 (-78kg)

bronze Barcelona 1991 (-86kg)

 

European Championships

silver Hamar 1985 (-78kg)

bronze Belgrade 1986 (-78kg)

gold Frankfurt 1990 (-86kg)

 

 

Nastula, Pawel (1970-)                   Olympic and  two-time World Champion

-95 kg(209 lbs)/-100 Kg (220.5 lbs)

 

He is a Polish heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts, who last competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, a Japanese MMA organization. He was the 1995 and 1997 Judo World Champion, and 1996 gold medallist at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, winning those titles in the U95kg weight category.

He  is judo players in the world.the not the first judo Olympic gold medalist to compete in PRIDE; he follows Hidehiko Yoshida and Makoto Takimoto among others. In addition to the 1996 Summer Olympics, Nastula had won many European and World competitions, and was considered one of the top

 

Best Contest Techniques

Left IPPON-SEOI-NAGE, KUCHIKI-TAOSHI, JUJI-GATAME, SANGAKU-GATAME

 

Best  Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996

 

World Championships

silver Barcelona 1991

gold Makuhari 1995

gold Paris 1997

 

European Championships

gold Gdansk 1994

gold  Birmingham 1995

gold  Den Haag 1996

silver Bratislava 1999 (-100kg)

 

 

                                      ITALY

 

 

Gamba, Ezio (1958-)                                          Olympic Champion

-71kg (156.5 lbs)

 

He  is a retired JUDOKA  from Italy, who represented his native country at four consecutive Summer Olympics (1976, 1980, 1984 and 1988). He claimed the gold medal in the men's lightweight division (– 71 kg) in 1980 by defeating Great Britain's Neil Adams.

 

Best Contest Techniques

left drop MOROTE-SEOI- NAGE,left UCHIMATA, right YOKO-TOMOE-NAGE, JUJI-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Moscow 1980

silver Los Angeles 1984

 

World Championchips

silver Paris 1979

silver Moscow 1983

 

European Championchips

silver Brussels 1979

gold  Rostock  1982

silver Paris  1983

bronze Belgrade 1986

 

 

Maddaloni, Joseppe (1976-)             Olympic Champion

-66kg (145.5 lbs)

He was born in Naples.He won a gold medal in the lightweight (66-73 kg) division at the 2000 Summer Olympics

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000 (-73kg)

 

European Championships

gold Oviedo 1998 (-73kg)

gold Bratislava 1999 (-73kg)

silver Paris 2001 (-73kg)

silver Tampere 2006 (-81kg)

bronze Maribor 2002 (-73kg)

bronze Lilsbon 2008 (-81kg)

 

 

Parisi, Angelo   (see FRANCE)

 

 

Pierantozzi, Emmanuella (1968-)               Two-time World Champion

-66 kg (145.5 lbs) / -78 kg (172 lbs)                                                           

    

She is a former Italian judoka was illustrated in the category of average weight (-66 kg) until 1999, fighting among light-heavyweight (-78 kg). The athlete begins to shine in the late 1980s by the podium at the European Championships and became world champion in Belgrade in 1989. She retains the title in 1991 and participates in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 when women's judo made its appearance. She carries a course almost without fault, but is beaten in the final by the Cuban Odalis REVE. Consequently, it receives the silver medal, the first award for an Olympic Italian judoka. She participates in the Atlanta Games in 1996 with the hope of winning a new award, but was eliminated early. Now competing in the higher weight category, that of the light-heavyweight, she won her ticket to her third Olympics, held in Sydney in 2000 where she won a bronze medal. This is his last competition as it announces her retirement at the end of the Olympic even

 

Best Contest Techniques

UCHIMATA, OSOTO-GARI, OUCHI-GARI,TANI-OTOSHI, JUJI-GATAME, SANGAKU-GATAME, OKURI-ERI-JIME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Barcelona 1992

bronze Sidney 2000 (-78kg)

 

World Championships

gold Belgrade 1989

gold Barcelona 1991

bronze Paris 1997

 

European Championships

silver Pamplona 1988

gold Helsinki 1989

bronze Prague 1991

gold Paris 1992

bronze Athen 1993

silver Birmingham 1995

silver Den Haag 1996

 

Fukuoka Championships

gold 1989

 

Quintavalle, Giulia (1983-)                                 Olympic Champion

-57 kg (125.68 lbs)

 

She is an Italian judoka. She won the gold medal in the -57 kg weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold  Beijing 2008

 

 

                                   SPAIN

 

Blasco Soto, Miriam (1963- )                   Olympic and World Champion

  -56 kg (123 lbs) 

 

She is a professional JUDO competitor, who resides in Alicante, Spain. She competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain where she won the gold medal in Women's Judo in the 57 kg division . One of the major streets in her native city of Alicante, La Avenida Miriam Blasco, was named after her.

 

Best Contest  Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, TAI-OTOSHI, OUCHI-GARI, UCHIMATA, JUJI-GATAME,SANGAKU-JIME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992

 

World Championships

gold Barcelona 1991

bronze Belgrade1989

 

European Championships

bronze Helsinki 1989

gold Prague  1991

bronze Paris  1992

 

 

 

 

 

Fernandez,Isabel (1972-)     Olympic and World Champion

-57kg (125.68 lbs) / 56kg (123 lbs)

 

She is a Spanish judoka Olympic champion, world champion and six times European champion. She won a gold medal in the lightweight (57 kg) division at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and received an Olympic bronze medal in 1996.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000 (-57 kg)

bronze Atlanta 1996 (-56 kg)

 

World Championships

gold Paris 1997 (-56 kg)

silver Birmingham 1999 (-57 kg)

silver Munich 2001 (-57 kg)

 

European Championships

bronze The Hague 1996 (-57 kg)

silver Ostend 1997 (-57 kg)

gold Oviedo 1998 (-57 kg)

gold Bratislava 1999 (-57 kg)

gold Paris 2001 (-57 kg)

bronze Maribor 2002 (-57 kg)

gold Düsseldorf 2003 (-57 kg)

gold Bucharest 2004 (-57 kg)

bronze Rotterdam 2005 (-57 kg)

bronze Tampere 2006 (-57 kg)

gold Belgrade 2007 (-57 kg)

silver Birmingham 1995 (-57 kg)

silver Lisbon 2008 (-57 kg)

 

 

Munoz Martinez,Almudena (1968- Olympic Champion

-52kg (114.61 lbs)

 

She is a former judo competitor from Spain who won the gold medal in women's 52 kg division at the 1992 Summer Olympics of Barcelona Spain. Muñoz also competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics of Atlanta, Georgia

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GERMANY

 

Bischof, Ole (1979 -)                                 Olympic Champion

-81kg (178.6 lbs)

 

He is trained by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Frank WIENEKE.

For the Olympic games 2004 in Athens, Ole was replace by judoka Florian Wanner. The choice for the benefit of Wanner was conceivably tight because Bischop 2004 was the German best placed in the world rankings to show during Wanner the title of the officiating world champion (2003 in Osaka/Japan) had.

During the Olympics, Ole defeated many top judokas such as Tiago Camilo who was the silver medallist in Sydney 2000 and Roman Gontyuk, the silver medallist of Athens 2004. Ole won the -81kgs Olympic game by defeating Jae-Bum Kim of South Korea.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Beijing 2008

 

World Championships

bronze Rotterdam 2009

 

European  Championships

silver Bucarest 2004

gold Rotterdam 2005

 

 

Bönisch, Yvonn (1980-)                             Olympic Champion

-57 kg (125.68 lbs)

 

She is a German judoka. She won a gold medal in the lightweight (57 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics

 

Best Contest Techniques

UCHI-MATA, KOSOTO-GAKE

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games.

gold Athen 2004

 

World Championships

silver Osaka 2003

silver Cairo 2005

 

European Championships

silver Maribor 2002

silver Belgrade 2007

 

 

Quellmalz, Udo (1967-)               Olympic and two-time World Champion

-60 kg (132.25 lbs) /66 Kg (145.5 lbs)

 

He  is one of the most successful lightweight competitors produced by the Western World. Between 1989 and 1996 this left handed German -65kg competitor returned from every World Championships and OLYMPIC GAMES with a medal, culminating in his victory in Atlanta, where his performance was the most dynamic of the 1996 Olympic JUDO  tournament.  He subsequently became the head of elite player coaching in Great Britain and then the Austrian Judo Federation. Even though his greatest success came after the fall of the Berlin wall, Quellmalz was a product of the East German sport.

 

Best Contest Techniques

left TAI-OTOSHI, left OUCHI-GARI, left KOUCHI-GARI, left HIZA-GURUMA,left DE-ASHI-BARAI, left OSOTO-GARI,OKURI-ERI-JIME, HADAKA-JIME, KATA-HA-JIME

 

Best Competition  Results

Olympic Games

bronze Barcelona 1992

gold Atlanta 1996

 

World Championships

silver Belgrade 1989

gold Barcelona 1991

bronze Hamilton 1993

gold Makuhari 1995

 

European Championships

bronze Pamplona 1988

silver Frankfurt 1990

bronze Athen 1993

 

 

 

Wieneke, Frank (1962-)          Olympic and World Champion

-78 Kg (172 lbs)

 

In 1984 he became Olympic champion in the grand ipponisant favorite Neil ADAMS,  thanks to a web uchimata to right, Ippon-seoi-swim back to the left that he had never done before. completely unknown, Wieneke coming out of junior had never won a medal in an international championship. That day lR part of the German delegation was part of Judo visiting Disneyland nearest convinced that the team was unable to win a medal.

 

Best Contest Techniques

IPPON-SEOI-NAGE, UCHIMATA, TE-GURUMA, KOSOTO-GAKE, SHIME-WAZA, KUMI-KATA in attack and defence

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Los Angeles 1984

silver Seoul 1988

 

European Championships

gold Belgrade 1986

silver Pamplona 1988

silver Helsinki 1989

 

 

BRAZIL

 

Miguel, Aurelio (1964-)                            Olympic Champion

 -95 Kg (209 lbs)

 

Afterwards, Miguel started to compete internationally, winning the silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games in Venezuela. He won the gold medal in the 1987 Pan American Games, again fighting in the under 95 kg category In 1987 he also won a bronze medal at the World Judo Championships. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul he became Olympic Champion, winning the -95 kg class by beating Marc Meiling from West Germany in the final..  He won a silver medal at the 1993 World Judo Championships in Hamilton, losing the final to Hungarian judoka Antal KOVACS At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta he received a bronze medal, and next year he won a silver medal at the 1997 World Judo Championships in Paris, behind gold winner Pawel NASTULA from Poland.

 

Best Contest Techniques

left TAI-OTOSHI, left OUCHI-GARI, left drop SEOI-NAGE, left UCHIMATA

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Seoul 1988

bronze Atlanta 1996

 

World Championships

bronze Essen 1987 WC

silver Hamilton 1993

silver Paris  1997

 

Sampaio, Rogerio (1967- )                     Olympic Champion

-65kg (143 lbs)

 

He won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.  He dedicated his medal to his brother Ricardo, who fought in the 1988 Olympic Games and committed suicide in 1991 after a love disappointment.

Sampaio started at judo when he was four, since his mom thought he was restless and needed more discipline. After the Olympics, he won a Bronze at the 1993 World Judo Championships. But then injuries hurt his career, making him miss both the 1995 Pan American Games and the 1996 Olympic Games, in which he went only to coach Danielle Zangrando and as a TV commentator. He retired from international competition in 1998

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992

 

World Championships

bronze Hamilton   1993

 

 

AUSTRIA

 

Seisenbacher, Peter (1960-)      Two-time Olympic and World Champion

-86kg (189.5 lbs)

He is one of the most successful judo practitioners and participants of the Olympic Games from Austria. He was the first Austrian gold medalist at the Summer Olympic Games for 26 years. He is the most successful Austrian judo player. For his first Summer Olympics 1984 in Los Angeles, Seisenbacher exercised in Japan, where he found optimal training conditions. He won his first Olympic gold medal in the Men's Middleweight (86 kg). Four years later, at the Summer Olympics 1988 in Seoul, he won his second Olympic gold medal something no judoka had succeeded in doing before. Subsequent to his sport career, Seisenbacher still teaches judo in Austria.

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARI, OUCHI-GARI, HARAI-GOSHI, MAKI-KOMI, JUJI-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Los Angeles 1984

gold Seoul 1988

 

World Championships

gold Seoul 1985

 

European Championships

silver Vienna 1980

silver   Paris 1983

bronze Liege 1984

bronze Hamar 1985

gold Belgrade 1986

bronze Paris 1987

bronze Pamplona 1988

 

 

 

 

Publications:

Seisenbacher, Peter : Kerr, George, " Modern judo : Techniques of east and west ", Swindon, United Kingdom, Crowood Press, 1991[1] 1997[2], 192p, 24 cm, MBR, ISBN 1852235705

 

 

BELGIUM

 

 

Berghmans, Ingrid (1961-)          Olympic- and six-time World Champion

-72kg (158.5 lbs) / Open division                                                       

 

She is an ex-judoka from Belgium, who came to known as Ingrid Vallot after her marriage. She was the famous player of Belgian judo in late 1970s and 1980s and was named as Sportswoman of year for eight times. She is the most successful players in the history of sports, with six world titles. She won Open class in the year 1980, 82, 84 and 86 and at under 72 kg in 1984 and 1989 has won several medals and even got a bronze. She was a part of 1988 Summer Olympics in 72 kg division and European Champion 72 kg in 1985, 88, 89 and Open in 1983, 87, 88.

 

Best Contest Techniques

UCHIMATA, OSOTO-GARI, OUCHI-GARI, KOUCHI-GARI, JUJI-GATAME, OSAEKOMI

 

Best  Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Seoul 1988  (-72 kg )

 

World Championships

gold New  York 1980 (Open)

bronze New York 1980 (+72kg)

gold Paris 1982 (Open)

silver Paris 1982 (-72kg)

gold  Vienna 1984 (Open)

gold Vienna 1984 (-72kg)

gold Maastricht 1986 (Open)

silver Maastricht 1986 (-72kg)

silver Essen  1987 (Open)

silver Essen 1987 (-72kg)

gold Belgrade 1989 (-72kg)

 

European Championships

silver (Open)Udine 1980 (Open)

silver Udine 1980 (-72kg)

silver Madrid 1981 (Open)

bronze Madrid 1981 (-72kg)

gold Geona 1983 (Open)

silver Geona 1983 (-72kg)

gold Landskrona 1985 (-72kg)

gold Paris 1987 (Open)

silver Paris 1987 (-72kg)

gold Pamplona 1988 (Open)

gold Pamplona 1988 (-72kg)

gold Helsinki 1989 (-72kg)

bronze Helsinki 1989 (Open)

 

Fukoka Cup

gold 1983 (Open)

gold 1983 (-72kg)

gold 1984 (Open)

silver 1984 (-72kg)

gold 1986 (-72kg)

bronze 1986 (Open)

gold 1987 (-72kg)

bronze 1987 (Open)

 

 

Van der Walle, Robert  (1954- )                           Olympic Champion

-95kg (209 lbs) / Open division                                                           

He was a Belgian legend. He fought in five Olympics. He won the Olympic title in 1980, the European Open title in 1984, and the European title in 1985 (-95 Kg). He was known for his MOROTE-GARI  which he did on most opponents from the beginningto the end of his career. He was a surprisingly technical fighter.

Best Contest Techniques

MOROTE-GARI, TSURI-GOSHI, HARAI-GOSHI, SUKI-NAGE, OSAEKOMI

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold 1980 Moskow (-95kg)/ silver (Open)

bronze Seoul 1988

 

World Championships

silver Paris 1979 (-95kg)

silver Maastricht 1981 (-95kg)

bronze Maasrticht 1981 (Open)

bronze Moscow 1983 (-95kg)

bronze Moscow 1983 (Open)

bronze Seoul 1985 (-95kg)

bronze Belgrade 1989 (95kg)

 

European Championships

silver Ludwigshafen 1977 (-95kg)

bronze Ludwigshafen 1977 (Open)

silver Helsinki 1978 (-95kg)

bronze Helsinki 1978 (Open)

silver Brussels 1979 (-95kg)

bronze Brussels 1979 (Open)

bronze Vienna 1980 (-95kg)/ gold (Open)

gold Vienna 1980 (Open)

bronze Debrecen 1981 (-95kg)

bronze Paris 1983 (-95kg)

silver Paris 1983 (Open)

gold Hamar 1985 (-95kg)

gold Belgrade 1986 (-95kg)

bronze Paris 1987 (-95kg)

bronze Pamplone 1988 (-95kg)

 

Publications:

Van der Walle, Robert " Pick-ups (judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon, 1997, 111p, 26 cm, MBR, ISBN 1874572100.

 

 

 

Werbrouck, Ulla (1972-)                        Olympic Champion

-70 Kg (154.35 lbs) /  -78 kg (172 lbs)

 

Best Contest Techniques

right UCHIMATA, right OSOTO-GARI, JUJI-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Atlanta 1996

 

World Championships

silver Makuhari 1995

bronze Paris 1997

silver Birmingham 1999 (-70kg)

 

European Championships

bronze Helsinki 1989 (-66kg)

bronze Frankfurt 1990

bronze Prague 1991

silver Paris 1992

silver Athen 1993

gold Gdansk 1994

gold Birmingham 1995

gold Den Haag 1996

gold Ostende 1997

gold Oviedo 1998

gold Bratislava 1999

bronze Wroclaw 2000

gold Paris 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                               GEORGIA

 

Khakhaleichvili, David (1971- )       Olympic Champion

  +95 Kg (209 lbs) / Open division

 

Best Contest Techniques

OGOSHI, UCHIMATA, UKI-GOSHI

 

BestCompetition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992 (+95kg)

 

World Championships

silver Barcelona 1991 (Open)

silver Hamilton 1993 (+95kg)

 

European Championships

gold Athens 1993 (+95kg)

gold Athens 1993 (Open)

gold Den Haag 1996 (+95kg)

 

 

Tsirekidze, Irakli (1982 -)     Olympic and World Champion

-90 kg (198.5 lbs)


Tsirekidze won his first international medals in 2005 at the World Cups of Tbilisi and Prague, but was more successful in the next year with two World Cup wins in Tbilisi and Lisbon.

 He also won the world title with the team of Georgia in Paris.
In 2007 he won the world title defeating Olympic Champion Ilias Iliadis in the final and contributed to the European team title with Georgia that same year. In 2008 he won again the World team title at the world team championships in Tokyo. He already won the Olympic title U90kg, defeating Amar Benikhlef (ALG)

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Beijing 2008

 

World Championships

gold Rio de Janeiro 2007

 

European Championships

silver Belgrade 2007

bronze Lisbon 2008

 

 

 

EAST GERMANY

 

 

Lorenz, Dietmar (1950-)                               Olympic Champion

Open division / -93kg (205 lbs) / -95kg (209 lbs)

Lorenz won medals at international competitions. He won as the first German the Olympics and the Jigoro Kano Cup. Today, he s trainer a the SC Berlin for children nanadan seventh degree black belt (also, shichidan), a component of the Dan rank. Lorenz won medals at international competitions. He won as the first German the Olympics and the Jigoro Kano Cup. Today, he s trainer a the SC Berlin for children.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Moscow 1980 (Open)

 

World Championships

bronze Lausanne 1973 (-93 kg)

 

European Championships

bronze Madrid 1973 (Open)

gold Lyon 1975  (-93kg)

gold Ludwigshafen 1977 (-95 kg)

gold Helsinki 1978 (-95kg)

 

Kano Cup

gold Tokyo 1978

 

 

HUNGARY

 

Kovács Antal (1972-)                  Olympic and World Champion

-95 kg (209 lbs) / -100 kg (220.5 lbs ) / Open division

 

 He became Olympic champion in 1992 nearest Surprisingly, while he was still a junior. The following year he confirmed by becoming world champion, then he disappears podiums world until 2001, when he became vice-world champion Kosei Inoue behind the untouchable.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992 (-95 kg)

 

World Championships

gold Hamilton 1993 (-95 kg)

silver Munich 2001 (100 kg )

 

 

 

European Championships

bronze Paris 1992 (-95 kg )

bronze Athens 1993 (-95 kg )

bronze Maribor 2002 (-100 kg)

bronze Düsseldorf 2003 (-100 kg)

bronze Bucharest (Open )

silver Bucharest (-100 kg)

 

                                   

MONGOLIA

 

Naidan, Tüvshinbayar (1984-)          Olympic Champion

At the 2006 Asian Games he finished in joint fifth place in both the heavyweight (-100 kg) division and the open weight class division.

In the same division, he won a gold medal at the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. He was the first Mongolian ever to win a gold medal at the Olympics, by defeating Kazakhstani judoka Askhat Zhitkeyev On the 14th of August, 2008, he was inducted as the state honored athlete of Mongolia as well as hero of labor.

He currently resides in Ulan Bator

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Beijing 2008 (-100 kg)

 

Asian Championships

silver Kuwait City 2007 (-100kg)

bronze Jeju City 2008 (-100kg

 

 

SWITZERLAND

 

Röthlisberger, Jürg (1955-)                       Olympic Champion

-80kg  (176 lbs) / 93kg (205 lbs)

He participated in two Summer Olympics part. 1976 at the Play in Montreal He joined kg in the weight class light heavyweight (up to 93) and won a bronze medal. Four years later at the Summer Olympics Moscow as there were eight new weight classes, he came in the middleweight (up to 86 kg) and won the gold medal.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Montreal 1976 (-93kg)

gold Mocow 1980 (-80kg)

ROMANIA

 

Dimitru, Alina Alexandra ( 1982-)    Olympic Champion

-48kg (106 lbs)

She finished in joint fifth place in the extra-lightweight (-48 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics, having lost the bronze medal match to Gao Feng of China. She later won the gold medal in the extra-lightweight (-48 kg) division at the 2008 Summer Olympics thus becoming the first Romanian judoka to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Beijing 2008

 

World Championships

bronze Cairo 2005

bronze Rio de Janeiro 2007

 

European Championships

bronze Maribor 2002

gold Bucharest 2004

gold Rotterdam 2005

gold Tampere 2006

gold Belgrade 2007

gold Lisbon 2008

bronze Tbilisi 2009

             

 

AZERBAIJAN

 

Gousseinov, Nazim (1969- )                 Olympic Champion

 -60 Kg (132.25 lbs)

 

Best Contest Techniques

UCHIMATA, HARAI-GOSHI, ASHI-GURUMA, SASAE-TSURI-KOMI-ASHI, KOSOTO-GARI, KHABARELLI  Pick-up

 

Best  Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Barcelona 1992

 

World Championships

bronze  Barcelona 1991

silver  Hamilton 1993

 

 

European Championships

gold Paris 1992

gold Athens 1993

 

 

BELARUS

 

Makarau, Ihar (1979-)                                  Olympic Champion

-100kg (220.5 lbs) / +100kg (220.5 lbs) / Open division

 

He is a Belarusian judoka.He won the gold medal in the half-heavyweight (100 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold  Athen 2004

 

World Championship

bronze Osaka 2003 (-100kg)

 

European Championship

bronze Maribor 2002 (-100kg)

bronze Düsseldorf 2003 (-100kg)

silver Warsaw 2007 (Open)

bronze Tbilisi 2009 (+100kg)

 

 

TURKEY

 

Özkan, Huseyin (1972-)                               Olympic Champion

-60kg (132.25 lbs)

He is a Turkish judoka. At the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia, he won the gold medal in the men's Half Lightweight (60-66 kg) category. He became so the first sportsman to win an Olympics gold medal for Turkey in judo.

He was born in Chechnya, in the northern Caucasus of the former USSR, and grew up with his 9 siblings. He began judo in his hometown and continued in Turkey, where he moved at his age of 20.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000 (-60kg)

 

World Championships

Silver Birmingham           1999

European Championships

bronze Athens            1993

gold     Ostend            1997

silver   Bratislava       1999

 

GREECE

 

Ilidias, Ilias (1986-)                            Olympic Champion         

-81kg (178.6 lbs) / 90kg (198.5 lbs)

 

He is a Georgian-born Greek judoka.He won a gold medal in the half-middleweight (81 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens at age 17. As Greece's flagbearer, he had the honour of being the first athlete to march into the Bird's Nest Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Iliadis is a cousin of another olympic champion, Georgian judoka Zurab Zviadauri

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold  Athen 2004 (-81kg)

 

World Championships

silver Cairo 2005 (-90kg)

silver  Rio de Janeiro2007 (-90kg)

 

European Championships

gold Bucharest 2004 (-81kg)

 

 

GREAT BRITAIN

 

 

Adams, Neil (1958-)                                         World Champion

71kg (156.5 lbs)  / 78kg (172 lbs) 

He is a JUDOKA who won numerous Olympic and Judo World Championship medals in judo His achievements include a gold medal at the 1981 World Championships. He was the first British male ever to win a World title, and the first British male ever to simultaneously hold a world title and a European title. On 20 September 2008 he was promoted to 8th Dan at the age of 49.

 

Best Contest Techniques

right TAI-OTOSHI, right UCHIMATA, YOKO-TOMOW-NAGE, JUJIGATAME, SANGAKU-JIM

 

 

Best Competiton Results

Olympic Games

silver Moscow  1980 (-71kg)

silver Los Angeles 1984 (-78kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Paris 1979 (-71kg)

gold Maastriht 1981 (-78kg)

silver Moscow 1983 (-78kg)

bronze Seoul 1985 (-78kg)

 

European Championsips

bronze  Ludwigshafen 1977  (-71kg)

bronze Helsinki 1978  (-71kg)

gold Brussels 1979 (-71kg)

gold Vienna 1980  (-78kg)

bronze Rostock 1982 (-78kg)

gold Paris 1983  (-78kg)

gold Liege  1984  (-78kg)

gold Hamar 1985 (-78kg)

 

Publications :

Adams, Neil  : Soames, Nicolas, " A life in judo ", London, United Kingdom, Willow, 1986, 152p, 22 cm, SK, ISBN 0002180111.

Adams, Neil  " Armlocks (judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom, Crowood Press[1], Ippon Books[2], 1989[1] 1991[2], 96p, 23 cm, BLC, ISBN 1852232471.

Adams, Neil: Ferrie, Eddie, " Grips (judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon, 1990, 96p, 24 cm, MBR, ISBN 1852233869.

Adams, Neil " Judo ", London, United Kingdom, Harper Collins, 1992 1993, 32p, 16 cm, BLC, ISBN 0001913255.

Adams, Neil " Judo ", London, United Kingdom, Diamond Books, 1992 1993 1994, 32p, 28 cm, LIB, ISBN 0261664697.

Adams, Neil: Carter, Cyril A., " Olympic judo : groundwork techniques ", London, United Kingdom, Pelham, 1986, 95p, 25 cm, KS, ISBN 0720716705.

Adams, Neil: Carter, Cyril A., " Olympic judo : preparation training ", London, United Kingdom, Pelham, 1988, 156p, 26 cm, KS, ISBN 0720717353.

Adams, Neil: Carter, Cyril A., " Olympic judo : throwing techniques ", London, United Kingdom, Pelham, 1986, 112p, 25 cm, KS, ISBN 0720716713.

Adams, Neil " Tai-Otoshi (judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon Books, 1996, 96p, 24 cm, KS, ISBN 1874572216.

 

 

 

Bell, Diane ( 1963-)                                 two-time World Champion

-56 Kg (123 lbs)/-61 Kg (134.5 lbs)

 

Best Contest Techniques

MOROTE-SEOI-NAGE, OKURI-ERI-JIME

 

 

 

Best Competition  Results

World Championships

gold Maastricht 1986  ( -61 kg)

gold Essen 1987  ( -61 kg)

silver Barcelona 1991( -61 kg)

 

European Championships

gold Pirmasens 1984 ( -56 kg)

bronze Landskrona 1985 (- 56 kg)

gold London 1986 ( -61 kg)

bronze Paris  1987 ( -61 kg)

gold Pamplona 1988 ( -61 kg)

silver Helsinki  1989 ( -61 kg)

silver Frankfurt 1990( -61 kg)

bronze Athens  1993 ( -61 kg)

bronze Den  Haag  1996 ( -61 kg)

 

Fukoka Cup

bronze 1985 (-56kg)

bronze 1986 (-61kg)

bronze 1987 (-61kg)

bronze 1988 (-61kg)

 

 

Briggs, Karen (1963-)                    four-time - World Champion

-48kg (106 lbs)

 

She is one of the most successful British female JUDO fighter. She was best known for a very fast YOKO-TOMOE-NAGE, which often scored IPPON. When it did not she went straight into groundwork (NE-WAZA), usually using a SANGAKU turnover to move into KAMI-SHIHO-GATAME. Her drop-down TAI-OTOSHI and OUCHI-GARI. She appeared almost unbeatable from the time she won her first world title in 1982 in Paris, to her last world title in 1989 in Belgrade. Karen Briggs’ competitive career was coming to an end at the time that women’s JUDO was accepted on the Olympic programme (1988).

 

Best Contest Techniques

TOMOE-NAGE, OUCHI-GARI, TAI-OTOSHI, IPPON-SEOI-NAGE, SANGAKU ROLL TO, KAMI-SHIHO-GATAME

 

Best  Competition Results

World Championships

gold Paris 1982

gold Vienna 1984

gold Maastricht 1986

gold Belgrade 1989

silver Barcelona 1991

 

European Championships

gold Oslo 1982

gold Geona 1983

gold, Pirmasens 1984

gold London 1986

gold Paris 1987

silver Helsinki 1989

silver Frankfurt 1990

silver Prague 1991

 

Fukoka Cup

gold  1983, 1984, 1985, 1986,1988

 

British Open Championships

gold  1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989

 

Publications:

 

Briggs, Karen: Soames, Nicholas (1950 - ), " Judo Champion ", Marlborough, United Kingdom, Corowood, 1988, 160p, 23 cm, BLC, ISBN 1852231033

 

 

Fairbrother, Nicola Kim (1970- )          

-56 Kg (123 lbs)

 

She is a retired JUDOKA  from the United Kingdom. She competed in two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992,  when she won the silver medal in the women's lightweight division (– 56 kg). In the final she was defeated by Spain's Miriam BLASCO.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Barcelona 1992

 

 

Howey, Kate (1973-)                                          World Champion

-70 kg (154.35 lbs)

 

He is , the only British judoka to have competed at four Olympic Games. Howey is also the only British woman to have won two Olympic judo medals (silver at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and bronze at the 1992 Olympics .She announced her retirement from competition on October 27, 2004, having competed in the women's under 70 kg weight category for 16 years. She was awarded th MBE for services to judo in 1997.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Sydney 2000 (-70 kg)

bronze Barcelona 1992 (middleweight)

 

World Championships

gold  Paris 1997 

silver  Hamilton 1993

silver Munich 2001

bronze  Barcelona 1991

bronze Birmingham 1999

European Championships

silver 1990, 1993, 2000

bronze 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000

 

 

Randall, Graeme ( 1975-)                                                    World Champion

-81 kg (178.6 lbs)

 

He became only the second male British judoka, after Neil ADAMS, to win WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS gold in 1999. He was also a European Bronze medallist in the same year, as well as well as Commonwealth Champion in 2002. Randall was born in Edinburgh and started judo at the age of 13, winning a bronze medal at the 1994 Junior World Championships.

 

Best Competition Results

World Championships

gold Birmingham 1999 (81 kg)

 

European Championships

bronze Oviedo 1998

 

 

UNITED STATES

 

Pedro, James (1970 -)                                                     World Champion

-65kg (143 lbs) /-71 kg (156.5 lbs) / -73 kg (164 lbs)

 

He is one of the most successful American JUDO  competitors.

He represented the United States in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES, winning bronze in 1996 and 2004. The United States has not traditionally been strong in JUDO, and a bronze medal in Olympic judo is an enormous accomplishment for an American athlete. His entry in the "Legends" section of a major JUDO magazine's web site lists 29 gold medals in international competition alone.He  retired from competitive judo after the 2004 Olympics. In recent years he has worked for Monster.com

 

Best Contest Techniques

OUCHI-GARI, left-TAI- OTOSHI, KESA-GATAME, UDE-HISHIGI-JUJI-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Atlanta 1996 (-71 kg)

bronze Athens 2004 (-73 kg)

 

World Championships

bronze Barcelona 1991 (-65 kg)

bronze Chiba 1995 (-71 kg)

gold Birmingham 1999 (-73 kg)

 

 

 

Publications :

 

Pedro, Jimmy : Durbin, Willam (1959 - ), " Judo techniques & tactics ", Champaign, IL, United States, Human Kinetics, 2001, 192p, 23 cm, KS, ISBN 0736003436.

 

 

Swain, Mike  (1960 -)                                              World Champion

-71 kg/156.5 lbs

He  is one of the most successful American JUDO contestants. He competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1984. He  became the first American male to win the JUDO  World Championships when he took the gold medal in 1987. He competed in four Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1988, and a number of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. In addition to these well-known competitions, he participated in a number of tournaments that are less-known outside of the judo world, but very prestigious within it, such as the Kano Cup in 1986. Just in major international competitions, his record includes six gold medals, eleven silver medals, and nine bronze medals. As a competitor, Swain was known for his elegant classic Japanese style, having travelled to Japan as a young man to study. Later in his career, he coached the US men's team in the 1996 OLYMPIC GAMES. He is an alumnus of the San José State University JUDO  program, training under Yosh UCHIDA. He is currently a coach for the Spartans, and handles much of the head coaching duties for the semi-retired Uchida. In 2005, Swain and the SJSU Judo Executive Committee established The Swain Scholarship, the first judo athletic scholarship at a major American university

Best Contest Techniques

TAI-OTOSHI, OUCHI-GARI, KO-UCHI-GARI, JUJI-GATAME

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Seoul 1988

 

World Championships

silver Seoul 1985

gold Essen 1987

silver Belgrade 1989

 

Kano Cup

silver 1986

Publications:

Swain, Michael " Ashiwaza 2 : ouchi-gari, kouchi-gari, kosuto-gari, hiza-guruma (judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon Books, 1994, 111p, 24 cm, BLC, ISBN1874572658.

Swain, Michael " Championship judo ", Los Angeles, Calif., United States, Empire Books, 2006, 250p, 25 cm x 18 cm, LoC, ISBN 1933901179.

Swain, Michael (1960 - ) : Jefferson, Chuck (1976 - ), " Clinch Fighting for Mixed Martial Arts ", LosAngeles, CA, United States, Empire Books, 2006, 163p, 15 cm x 18 cm, LIB, ISBN13 9781933901071.

 

 

CANADA

 

Gill, Nicolas (1972-)                                          

-86kg (189.5 lbs) -100kg (220.5 lbs)

 

He who twice won an Olympic medal in his career. He first did so at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where he won the bronze medal in the middleweight (86 kg) division. Eight years later, when Sydney hosted the Summer Olympics, Gill captured the silver medal in the men's half-heavyweight (100kg) category. He competed in four consecutive Olympics, starting in 1992.

 

Best Cometition Results

 

Olympic Games

bronze Barcelona 1992 (-86 kg)

silver Sydney 1995 (-86kg)

 

 

World Championships

silver Hamilton 1993 (-86kg)

bronze Chiba 1995 (-86kg)

bronze Birmingham ( -100kg)

 

 

Rogers, Doug (1941- )

+95 Kg (209 lbs)

He  was a Canadian Olympic competitor.  His best-known achievements are a silver medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and gold medals at two Pan American Games, in 1965 and 1967. He was a student of Masahiko KIMURA, perhaps one of the greatest JUDO  competitors ever. As a member of the Takushoku University team coached by KIMURA, Doug Rogers won the team pennant at the 1965 All Japan University Championships. He was selected as Best Fighter at the same tournament. He is an honoured member in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

silver Tokyo 1964 ( +95kg)

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Boronovskis, Theodore (1943 -)

 -80 kg (176 lbs)

 

Judo made its Olympic debut at Tokyo, in 1964, and Boronovskis was Australia's only JUDO representative in the team, competing in the 'Open Category', i.e. competitors had no maximum weight limit. Boronovskis' bronze medal was Australia's only medal in Olympic judo until Maria PEKLI matched the feat at 2000 Sydney OLYMPIC GAMES. Boronovskis was also a four-time Australian Judo champion.

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Tokyo 1964

Australian Champion

1962, 1963, 1965, 1966

 

 

Pekli, Maria (1972-)

-57 Kg (125.68 lbs)

 

Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

bronze Sydney  2000 (57kg)

 

European Championships

silver  The Hangue  1996 (57kg)

 

Commonwealth Games

gold Manchester  2002  (57kg)

 

 

LATVIA

 

Iatskevich, Alexander (1958-)                                    

-86 Kg (189.5 lbs)

In 1972, Iatskevich watched a Sambo tournament that would change his life. It was a tournament in Riga, but this time two judoka were competing. Nobuyuki Sato and Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki. Both won gold. Iatskevich was particularly impressed by the way Sato threw with Tai- otoshi.

 

Best Contest Techniques

OSOTO-GARY, TAI-OTOSHI, ASHIWAZA,JUJI-GATAME

 

Best Competition  Results

Olympic Games

bronze Moscow 1980

 

European Championships

gold Helsinki 1978

gold Vienna 1980

gold Rostock 1982

 

Publications:

 

Iatskevich, Alexander, " Russian Judo (judo masterclass techniques) ", London, United Kingdom, Ippon

Books, 1999, 92p, 19 cm, BJ, ISBN 1874572461.