News and Announcements for the Judo Information Site

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Judo Results from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

star.gifNew French 10th Dan

Henri Courtine was recently promoted to judan in France.

star.gifWorldwide Judo News

Visit the Judo Forum for News About Judo From Around the World, a list of articles related to Judo recently published in newspapers.

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A new European Judo Podcast joins the US Judo Podcast with monthly interviews and programs for you to listen to. In addition, listen to this webcast debate on The Importance of Newaza in Modern Judo Competition from JudoCoach.com.

star.gifTournament Rules Updated

Changes to the IJF tournament rules are being considered and tested in international tournaments now. The changes affect the mat boundaries, eliminating the red danger zone. Contestants will be allowed to continue an attack after a competitor steps out of bounds as long as some part of a contestant is inside. More information.

star.gifJudo Unleashed

Neil Ohlenkamp has written a major Judo instructional book which has just been released. The US edition is Judo Unleashed, the UK hardback edition is Black Belt: Judo Skills and Techniques, and the German version is Meisterliches Judo. It has recently been the number one selling Judo book on Amazon.com. More information about the book is available at JudoBook.com.

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Toshiro Daigo (80), Ichiro Abe (83), Yoshimi Osawa (79)
On January 8, 2006 the Kodokan promoted three new tenth dans. The promotions were presented by Jigoro Kano's grandson at the Kagami Biraki (New Year's rice-cake cutting ceremony) at the Kodokan. These are the most promotions to judan ever made at one time, and the first to be made in 22 years. Here is some information on each of the new Kodokan tenth dans:
Toshiro Daigo (b1926) -- Author of Kodokan Judo: Throwing Techniques, and several other judo textbooks. He has been the chief instructor at the Kodokan for many years, manager of the Japanese Judo Team at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics, an international referee, and he won the All Japan Judo Tournament in 1951, 1952 and 1954. He had been a ninth dan since 1992.
Ichiro Abe -- Mr. Abe was international chairperson of the All Nippon Judo Federation. Mr. Abe is head of the Promotions Panel at the Kodokan, and also head of the International Division. He has travelled extensively in Europe, and is a former national coach of Belgium.
Yoshimi Osawa -- An international referee for many years, Mr. Osawa won the Fukuoka tournament in 1948. Osawa was a fabulous technician, in the eyes of some, the best ever. Despite being a lightweight, he was considered a true threat to win the All-Japan championships.

star.gifNew Judo Stuff

Check out the new clothing designs, gifts, and other Judo products at Do Judo.com! Show pride in Judo by wearing a Judo t-shirt or sweatshirt today.

star.gifMore Judo Humor

Visit this hilarious new site on Dog Judo, or this brief video by Austin Community College which includes Judo.

star.gifNew Kosen Judo DVD

In the 1980's the Budokan of Japan produced a series of video tapes on all major Japanese martial arts. Kosen Judo (spelled Koshen on the tapes) was one of them. There were 4 tapes produced, 25 minutes each and you can now buy them on 2 DVD's at amazon.com. Many of the greatest masters are on it demonstrating their favorite moves on the ground. Kimura is one of them.

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The Judo Information Site and The Judo Forum depend on contributions from readers. If you can help, now is the time to show your support. There are several Ways You Can Help.

star.gifCanon of Judo by Kyuzo Mifune

Uchimata (Mikhaylin throwing Soares)-- Copyright JudoPhotos.com The Canon of Judo by Kyuzo Mifune has been republished by popular demand in a newly translated edition of this Judo classic by one of the most famous Judo 10th dans. This is an excellent 256 page book with lots of older techniques not shown in other books, including ankle and knee locks. Originally published in 1956 with an almost incomprehensible English translation, it has been out of print for decades. Because it is a classic, the original printings of the book are selling for as much as $1000. Although a lot can be learned just from the photos, the text is not at all helpful in the old edition. With the new translation and the original photos it is a must-have book for any Judo library. Orders can be placed now from Amazon.com for less than $25.

star.gifJudo Throw Saves Man From Bold Bear

MATSUMOTO, Nagano -- A man used a judo throw to scare off a bear that attacked him while he was picking mushrooms on a Nagano Prefecture mountain Monday afternoon, police said Tuesday.

At around 3:50 p.m., Keiichi Yamaguchi, 63, a resident of Matsuda, Kanagawa Prefecture, was picking mushrooms on a mountain in Omachi, Nagano Prefecture, when an Asiatic black bear suddenly attacked him, police said.

The bear bit Yamaguchi on the hand and left thigh and he responded by hitting it on the nose and in the stomach. When he used a judo technique to hurl the bear, it ran away from the scene. The bear was about 170 centimeters long, police said.

Yamaguchi said his injuries are not serious, but he intends to receive medical treatment at a local hospital. (Compiled from Mainichi and wire reports, Japan, Aug. 19, 2003)

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Dennis Trebble teaching Judo with the help of the internet Dennis Trebble, Judo coach, is shown in this photo teaching students at Merchant Taylors' School in the UK with the help of an internet connection to the Judo Information Site. "The session went extremely well with a combination of normal teaching practices and the use of JudoInfo.com". Dennis has suggested to all his kids that the Judo Information Site is undoubtedly the best Judo site in the world. This is an example of a how to utilize innovative teaching techniques incorporating state-of-the-art web technology, while bringing the Judo world closer together.

star.gifMillions More Learn About Judo!

Do Judo! JudokaThe Judo Information Site has continued to see tremendous growth this year with 6.3 million visitors since January 2000, adding to the 1 million visitors last century. We appreciate your visits, and will keep working to improve the site and promote Judo around the world. Number one on Google, and the most Awarded web site online, the Judo Information Site continues to be the most popular way to promote Judo in the world.

star.gifHow About a Book on Judo?

You can now order Judo books online and they make great gifts. At a minimum you need Kodokan Judo by Jigoro Kano and Best Judo by Isao Inokuma, Nobuyuki Sato for basic reference.

Russian President Vladimir Putin performs Seoinage, (shoulder throw)Russian President Vladimir Putin executes a throw on a Japanese Judo student during a visit to a Sports Center in Gushikawa, Okinawa, Japan, July 23, 2000. He then allowed himself to be thrown onto the mat. After concluding a final round of talks with other world leaders on global issues, Putin visited the sports center and removed his jacket and shoes for light matches with several Gushikawa students. Putin, 47, told the assembled young Judo fans to persevere with their sport because it brought people together.

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  • Judo is usually one of the first Olympic events to sell out of tickets because of its worldwide popularity. There are 202 member nations in the International Olympic Committee, and 187 of them are members of the International Judo Federation.
  • The Red and White Judo tournament was started by Jigoro Kano in 1884 and continues today as one of the longest running sports events in the world, predating the Modern Olympic Games by 12 years.
  • According to the American College of Sports Medicine, Judo is the safest contact sport for children under age 13.
  • According to the International Judo Federation (IJF), Judo is the most widely practiced martial art in the world.
  • Traditionally, Judo has the highest level of international participation of any Olympic Sport with approximately 70 countries entered. Currently, there are 187 member National Federations in the IJF, and approximately 100 countries that participate at the World Championships.
  • The global nature of judo today is revealed by the number of countries with truly world-class athletes. More than 45 different countries have earned Olympic medals in judo, and 31 different countries have champions who have won gold medals in either the Olympics or World Championships.
  • U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell was captain of the 1964 US Olympic Judo Team.
  • Former WWF Wrestler "Bad News Brown" is Allen Coage, 1976 Olympic Bronze Medalist.
  • Actress Hillary Wolf (Home Alone I and II) was a Judo Olympian for the USA, and actor James Cagney was a black belt in Judo.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt became a brown belt in Judo during his administration and built a small dojo in the White House. Ulysses S. Grant was the first American President to observe a Jujutsu demonstration with Jigoro Kano in 1879.
  • William Hague, leader of the Conservative Party in the UK, also practices Judo at the Budokwai in London.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, a high ranking black belt, said his favorite Judo techniques are tsuri-komi-goshi and tai-otoshi. Here is a quick video clip of him on the mat performing a throw, and here is his new book, Judo: History, Theory, Practice.

star.gifLots of Judo Email

juji2.jpg There is a mailing list for the discussion of Judo by email. You can subscribe by sending a message to "LISTSERV@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU", with a message that reads: "SUBSCRIBE JUDO-L firstname lastname" or visiting this web page. There is also a jujutsu mailing list that includes some Judo discussion. You can subscribe by sending a message to "LISTSERV@PSUVM.PSU.EDU", with a message that reads: "SUBSCRIBE JUJUTSU your_name".

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