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The All Japan Judo Championship

Some great videos, enjoy.

andynewazalife

Isao Okano Isao Okano and his All Japan Championship trophy.

I’ve recently been watching a ton of judo videos, specifically videos from past and present All Japan Judo Championships. Something really draws me to these tournament videos. I explain below.

This tournament is very special because it’s not like other international tournaments. It has only one weight class: Open. Having no weight categories makes for some epic matches, see Koga vs. Ogawa, and personally, I think it adds to the overall prestige of the event.

The All Japan Judo Championships is one of the three crown jewels in Japanese judo, with the other two obviously being the Olympic Games and the World Championships. Not only the gravity of this tournament, but also the high level of technique and skill, are what draws me to the event. Anyone can win it and it’s the best of the best.  The lightest champion was…

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