Kamen Joshi’s Nanaka Kawamura Wins Mixed Martial Arts Match At Deep Jewels 18

Kamen Joshi’s Nanaka Kawamura wins mixed martial arts match at Deep Jewels 18Kamen Joshi member Nanaka Kawamura won her mixed martial arts match at the Deep Jewels 18 fighting event on December 3.
Kawamura is the first active idol to participate in this type of athletic contest in the history of the Japanese idol genre. After six months of training, Kawamura pushed herself to reach her target weight of under 48kg to compete in the atomweight division while still maintaining her full performance and promotion schedule with Kamen Joshi.

Simpler Judo Rules Unveiled Ahead Of Tokyo 2020

Simpler judo rules unveiled ahead of Tokyo 2020

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has reinstated a judo technique that was provisionally dropped, as part of its revised judo rules for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The technique, known as "awase-waza ippon," is essentially a combination of two waza-aris -- a controlled and accurate throw, or holding down an opponent on their back for a set period of time.

Riner Has Sights Set On 2020 Games

Riner has sights set on 2020 Games

AFPPARIS (AFP-Jiji) — French judoka Teddy Riner said Monday that he will go for a third straight heavyweight Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, after winning his record ninth world title in Budapest last week.

The 28-year-old is unbeaten since September 2010 and has won 134 successive fights, but was pushed to a golden point in both the semifinals and the final in Hungary.

Judo: Hashimoto Continues Japan's Golden Run, Yoshida Settles For Silver

Judo: Hashimoto continues Japan's golden run, Yoshida settles for silver

BUDAPEST (Kyodo) -- Japan's Soichi Hashimoto won the men's 73-kilogram gold medal at judo's world championships on Wednesday, when fellow worlds debutant Tsukasa Yoshida settled for silver.

In his final, Hashimoto defeated Azerbaijan's Rustam Orujov, the silver medalist at last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Hashimoto claimed a yusei victory after scoring a wazaari during extra time.

Japanese Swords Carve Out Larger Fanbase

Japanese swords carve out larger fanbase

By Akihiro Takeda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterMore and more people are being drawn to the wonder of Japanese swords, with a sizable number actually wanting to hold one in their hands. What is it about Japanese swords that ensnares the hearts of people today? I love samurai TV dramas myself and took a look into the mystery.

At a dojo training center I visited, several men and women in hakama skirts were swinging mock Japanese swords through the air in complete silence. Only the sound of the blades parting the air could be heard.

Update1: Judo: Ojitani Edges Wolf To Defend National Title

UPDATE1: Judo: Ojitani edges Wolf to defend national title

Takeshi Ojitani secured his second straight national championship on Saturday, winning the open-weight tournament for the third time in his career after defeating Aaron Wolf on points in the golden score extra period.

Ojitani, who won the title for the first time in 2014, downed Ryu Shichinohe for the second straight year in the semifinals with a vertical four-quarter hold before two late penalties from Wolf in the final handed the reigning champion the title at Nippon Budokan.

All Japan Judo Championships To Welcome First Female Referee Onto The Mat

All Japan Judo Championships to welcome first female referee onto the mat

A female referee will stand for the first time on the mat at the All Japan Judo Championships on April 29, the All Japan Judo Federation has announced.

In a push toward gender equality in the sport, 46-year-old Akiko Amano, who also became the first Japanese female judo referee at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will now stand on the mat of one of the sport's most traditional and high-status events at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo next week. "I feel like I am standing at the turning point of an era," Amano said, "I am honored."

Training At Tokyo’s Kodokan School Of Judo

Training At Tokyo’s Kodokan School Of JudoThere are many interesting attractions in visiting Tokyo. The capital city of Japan is replete with shopping malls, karaoke bars, noodle shops, coffee shops, and other nightlife establishments. But if one should look for a place that offers no-nonsense fitness and sportsmanship, the Kodokan School of Judo is among the ideal locations.

Japan Benefits From New Rules In Judo

Japan benefits from new rules in judoRule changes recently adopted by the International Judo Federation to make the sport more exciting as well as more understandable to the casual fan made their debut at last weekend’s Paris Grand Slam.
And if results from that tournament are any indication, Japan seems to benefit from the modifications with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics looming three years ahead.

Local Karate Team Looking To Head To Train For 2020 Olympics

Local karate team looking to head to train for 2020 OlympicsEight young members from Carolina Family Karate in Columbia will have a chance of a lifetime as they head to Lake Placid, New York.
The eight youth will head to the Olympic Training Center to train with America’s first WKF Traditional World Karate Champion Tokey Hill February 16-20.

Olympians Teach Judo In Buffalo

Olympians teach Judo in BuffaloTwo Olympic medalists taught the sport of Judo in Buffalo Saturday.
Two-time Olympic Champion Kayla Harrison and silver medalist Travis Stevens came out to help the next generation of athletes at Aikido of Suenaka-Ha Buffalo on Niagara St.

Young Karate Instructor Brings Joy To His Students

Young karate instructor brings joy to his studentsTwenty-one year old Jared Dodley is not unlike other busy young adults his age. He is a full time student at Cal State University Northridge and has been practicing taekwondo for nine years now.
There is one remarkable difference between Dodley and other people his age though. He already owns his own karate studio in Santa Clarita.