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Judo Blog: Judo Meets Japanese Culture in the USA


1st Wednesday to 3rd Friday – IJF World Veterans Championships, Abu Dhabi, UAENovember – 2023

October – 2023Historically speaking, judo and sumo have a common cultural ground and it is obvious that this common language echoes within the American society that will host the LA 2028 Olympic Games and judo will be a key player for the success of the event.8th Friday to 10th Sunday -Nanka Winter Nationals & Clinics, Azusa, CARelated Articles Around the Web
December – 202319th Saturday – National AAU Judo Tournament, Brown Deer, WI
April – 202417th Sunday – Nevada State Judo Championship, Las Vegas, NV


20th Sunday – Nanka Team Tournament, Westminster, CA29th Sunday – Nanka Fall Tournament, Westminster, CA

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October – 2024Here a recent article written by Nicolas Messner I wanted to share as my Black Belt Blog for this week. 19th Sunday – Presidents Cup National Championships, Irving, TXThe audience, by being there, expressed an interest in learning about not only sumo but also Japanese culture and the culture surrounding martial arts. Nicole Stout being able to throw a sumo player more than twice her size showcased to an audience the effectiveness of judo and the symbiotic relationship that sumo and judo share.5th Sunday – Nanka Team Tournament, Westminster, CAAugust – 20236th Friday to 8th Sunday -Nanka Winter Nationals & Clinics, Azusa, CA 24th Sunday – Nanka Fall Tournament, Westminster, CAMany women commented joyously, seeing their gender represented in such a dominant way and continued to share their praise online by sharing videos and pictures of the uchi-mata Nicole performed, with captions such as ‘girl power.’1st Sunday – Capitol Open Judo Championships, Sacramento, CAFor Jason Morris, a former world and Olympic medalist in judo, “It was a dream come true! I am a very big fan of sumo and the opportunity to not only indulge in that interest but also act as an ambassador for judo, was something I was extremely grateful for.”The reaction to Nicole’s showcase of judo against a 360lb sumo player was met with overwhelming positivity. Many Americans in the crowd expressed their admiration for the beauty of judo and showed interest in the sport as a whole.From Your Site ArticlesSeptember – 20245th Saturday – Beginner & Intermediate Tournament, Las Vegas, NVDuring the event, Nicole had the chance to meet with Konishiki. After a quick, positive interaction and an exchange of sport hallmarked hoodies, Konishiki exuded excitement and he introduced Nicole as a professional judo player and held aloft the hoodie he had received bearing the logo of her dojo, “The Jason Morris Judo Center.” After the exhibition match, all the sumo players said, “Wow what a beautiful ippon that was!”Judogi control is an important part of the competition process, an integral part that guarantees fairness among all participants. The process is simple and accepted by all competitors. Before stepping on the tatami, whether to play a first round or a final of a world championships, your judogi must pass the filter of judogi control.June – 2024It was run by former sumo Ozeki, Konishiki, who is the first non-Japanese-born sumo wrestler to reach Ozeki, the second highest rank. Throughout his legendary career, he won the top division championship three times and since his retirement he honors his American heritage by bringing Japanese culture to an American audience every year. December – 2024I’m always looking for new subjects to write about regarding judo as well as contributions from my readers. Please send them to [email protected], thanks.Nicole showcased judo to a crowd of over 500 people on 23rd June 2023 by taking on former top 5 professional sumo wrestler Somoyama. Inviting an American athlete, active on the IJF World Judo Tour, gave the audience a chance to see another part of Japanese culture, knowing that in 2028 judo will be an integral part of the Los Angeles Olympic Games.September – 202322nd Sunday – Fresno Invitational Tournament, Fresno, CA29th Sunday – Fight for a Cure Women’s Tournament & Clinic, Riverside, CAMay – 20247th Sunday – Nanka Spring Tournament, Westminster, CA29th Sunday – Hanabi Halloween Classic, Albany, CANicole Stout is the #1 US athlete at -78kg and with the event coming to New York, Nicole’s home state, she was invited for an exhibition match against a sumo player. Sumo players in Japan have shared a long history of cross-training and competing as evidenced recently by Shohei Ono training with top sumo player Yokozuna Terunofuji.5th Sunday – Nanka West Coast Invitational, Westminster, CA6th Sunday – Nikkei Games Budo Tournament, Cypress, CAJudo is a sport of values. It is also one of the only activities where your own outfit is not made for you but for your opponent, who by gripping it can try to throw you and vice versa. It is therefore essential that the judogi respects the standards and rules that allow everyone to express themselves without the length of a sleeve or the thickness of the fabric interfering with the result.

28th Friday to 30th Sunday – USJF & USJA Summer Nationals, Tacoma. WA23rdVeterans Judo Open, Myrtle Beach, SC

Judo Blog: Judo Meets Japanese Culture in the USA

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