IJF Zagreb Grand Prix 2016 Day 2 Recap & Photos

The Zagreb Grand Prix 2016 passed the halfway point on Saturday with a day of compelling judo and a plethora of new and exciting contests as the hosts ended their wait for a home medal with gold from their inspirational Rio 2016 Olympian Barbara Matic from Croatia.

IJF Holds Stance For Russian Judokas Wishing to Participate at RIo 2016

Following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the IOC and WADA, IJF continues to support the participation of all Russian athletes qualified for the Rio Olympic Games. Within the framework of the IJF anti-doping rules and testing scheme, these athletes, like all athletes participating in the World Judo Tour circuit, were tested a number of times, outside Russia as well, during international competitions or through out-of-competition tests. There was no sanction given to Russian judokas.

Judo Canada: Catherine Roberge Just Off Podium

Catherine Roberge came close to a bronze medal at the Judo PanAmerican Open in the Peruvian capital of Lima, which wrapped up this Sunday. The Quebec athlete was defeated by Russian Alena Kachorovskaya in the fight for one of the Under 78 kg bronze medals.

A-Z Guide to IJF Paris Grand Slam 2016

The IJF has produced an A-Z guide of all of the highlights of the world-renowned Paris spectacular and of what can be expected in 2016.

Judo Canada: Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard Just Off the Podium

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard had the best performance among the Canadian judokas competing this Friday at the Havana Grand Prix, in Cuba. The Saint-Hubert native finished just off the podium in the Under 57 kg division on the tournament’s opening day.

IJF Havana Grand Prix Day 1 Recap & Photos

The heavy morning rain refreshed the Havana atmosphere, while the first event of the year, the Havana Grand Prix 2016, Cuba, opened the doors of the IJF World Judo Tour 2016.

Judo in Refugee Camp Wins International Major Prize

The International Judo Federation was presented with the prize today (Thursday) by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council and Patron of the Awards, in a televised ceremony in Dubai, in the presence of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

IJF Jeju Grand Prix 2015 Preview

The final IJF Grand Prix of the season will see 422 judoka from 70 nations compete at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, South Korea, from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 November.

Kyle Reyes Stopped in 2nd Round at Judo World Championships

Kyle Reyes was the last Canadian judoka to compete at the World Championships held in Astana, in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The athlete from Brampton, Ontario was eliminated in the second round, Saturday, by an opponent who is ranked fourth in the world in the under 100kg weight class.

Canadian Kyle Reyes Places 7th at Judo Grand Slam in Tokyo

The Canadian judoka Kyle Reyes came away with a 7th place classification in the under 100 kg class, Sunday, on the last day of competition at the Tokyo Grand Slam in Japan. Also in action, Ana Laura Portuondo Isasi was eliminated in her opening bout in the under 78 kg category.

“Kyle put together some strong fights,” national coach Jeremy Le Bris affirmed.

Kyle Reyes Eliminated in Round 2 of Judo World Championships

Kyle Reyes succumbed to defeat in his second fight in the under 100 kg class, Saturday, at the Judo World Championships presented in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The Ontarian finished the competition with a 17th place classification.

“It wasn’t what I had been hoping for. I was aiming for a gold medal, so I’m pretty disappointed. My first bout went fairly well, but I was taken by surprise in the second one. My opponent was very good,” indicated Reyes, who is the defending junior world champion.

Kyle Reyes Finishes 5th at Judo Jeju Grand Prix in Korea

After climbing to the second step of the podium at the Japan Grand Slam last week, Canadian judoka Kyle Reyes took home a 5th place finish at the Jeju Grand Prix, Friday, in South Korea.

Fighting in the under 100 kg division, Reyes, currently 108th in the world, got his day started with a win over the Korean Young-Hun Kim, followed by a triumph over the Ukrainian Dmytro Luchyn.

The 20-year-old athlete would unfortunately fall in the semifinals, losing to the 26th ranked Mongol, Tuvshinbayar Naidan. The 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Games runner-up defeated him with an ippon. “It’s a real positive experience for Kyle to have taken on a judoka like this,” coach Nicolas Gill pointed out.

Canadian Kyle Reyes Takes Silver at Judo Grand Slam Tokyo

The Canadian judoka Kyle Reyes didn’t pass under the radar, Sunday, on the 3rd day of competition at the Tokyo Grand Slam in Japan. The only Canadian in action did his country proud, claiming the silver medal in the under 100 kg class.

Reyes, who just three weeks ago became the first Canadian junior world champion in the history of judo, proved that he was ready to do the same at the senior level, defeating three top-10 ranked opponents. “Considering that he’s just 20-year-old, it was an amazing performance by Kyle today,” national coach Nicolas Gill explained. “He won four really impressive bouts.”

Kyle Reyes Becomes First Canadian to Win World Junior Title

he judoka Kyle Reyes became the first Canadian ever to win a Junior World Championship title, Saturday, after claiming gold in the under 100 kg class in Ljubljana, Slovenia. No Canadian men’s judoka had won a medal since 1992, when Nicolas Gill came away with a silver medal in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Reyes began his day with successive victories over the Kyrgyzstani Bolot Toktogonov, the German Marius Piepke and the Japanese Ryuko Ogawa with ippons. In the semifinal he defeated the Belgian Toma Nikiforov with a waza-ari, before going on to claim the gold medal with an ippon over the South Korean Leehyun Kim at the 2m 42s mark.

Reincarnation of Judo in MMA with MFC’s Luke Harris

Until very recently, judo never seemed to get its rightful place alongside other martial arts and tactics such as wrestling, striking, Muay Thai, and of course jiu-jitsu.

But many stars in mixed martial arts are demonstrating how valuable a weapon judo can be. One of them proponents is Luke Harris, who will certainly see his skill set put to the test at MFC 34: Total Recall when he faces Joseph “Leonidas” Henle in a featured middleweight matchup.

“Wrestling is certainly a cornerstone of MMA, but judo is kind of meld between wrestling and jiu-jitsu,” explained Harris, a black belt in judo who also boasts a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Judo Results – Kalem Kachur, Alexandre Emond Finish Ninth

Montreal, September 10, 2010 – Kalem Kachur and Alexandre Émond placed ninth in men’s 81 and 90 kilos respectively on Friday at the world judo championships in Tokyo.  Meanwhile Kelita Zupancic and Guillaume Perrault were not ranked in women’s 70 kilos and men’s 81 kilos respectively. Kachur opened with victories over Vanco Sarafov of Macedonia, Osmay Cruz of Cuba and Pedro Castro of Colombia before falling to world number-eighth Flavio Canto of Brazil. C$hellip

Judo Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii Makes Shift to MMA Official

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2008 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Satoshi Ishii has finalized his decision to retire from the sport of judo and begin his career in mixed martial arts. Nikkansports has reported that today the 21 year old Olympic standout has informed Japanese judo officials of his intention to leave judo to compete in mixed martial arts. Standing at 5′11″ and weighing a solid 235-240 pounds this incredible athlete is likely to make a significan$hellip