In our first issue, we feature a wide-ranging interview with IJF Hall of Fame judoka and coach Ezio Gamba (who is featured on our cover). In addition to Gamba, we talked with 2014 world champion Lukas Krpálek about growing up in ice hockey-crazy Czech Republic. Murata Naoki, head of the Kodokan library, has contributed an article on Yamashita Yoshitsugu, Kano’s first ambassador of judo and the first tenth-dan. Judospace’s Mike Callan has written a thoughtful essay on the principles of judo. Oon Yeoh has written a a fine piece on vigilance regarding the enforcement of waki-gatame. One of the under-reported areas in judo is kata practice and we are fortunate to have 2014 world gold medalist Wolfgang Dax-Winkler explaining the principles behind his specialty, ju no kata. Judo and karate researcher Maja Sori Doval discusses the grading system in her homeland of Germany. We are excited to have Neil Adams, “the voice of judo”, providing us with a great preview of the Rio Olympics 2016. Bill Caldwell, a judoka from the San Diego area, has written a moving piece about a judo/wrestling mystery. Sociologist Mizoguchi Noriko has taken on the controversial white-striped women’s black belt. These features give you just a taste of what we plan to offer in future issues. I hope that you will help support our endeavors, so we can bring you the very best judo content.
Spring has sprung and the Olympic year is upon us! This will be another year of spectacular successes and heart-breaking disappointments for those heading to Rio. Four years of planning, training, sweating and dreaming since London 2012 will be tested this summer. Our feature interview in this second issue of Judoka Quarterly is with Kayla Harrison, who reached the pinnacle of her dreams with a gold medal in London (and the USA’s first Olympic gold in judo) and is now trying to secure her place among the very elite with a second Olympic gold medal in Rio. Continuing our IJF coverage, we have a report on last year’s Tokyo Grand Slam as well as photo features for both the 2016 Paris Grand Slam and the recent Düsseldorf Grand Prix. The former was covered by guest photographer Jack Willingham and the latter by JQ’s own photo editor Rafal Burza. Speaking of photographs, we are very fortunate to feature the beautiful black and white imagery of Richard Goulding, whose “Because of Judo” hardback will be published this year. The Spring 2016 issue also debuts a new regular feature focusing on judo techniques. For our first technique article, newaza expert Komuro Koji gives us his take on sode-guruma-jime. While Rio is just around the corner, the Tokyo Olympics will be here before you know it. Neil Adams provides his unique insight on the juniors who are coming up and may be battling for a spot on the 2020 Tokyo podium. In addition, Oon Yeoh provides us with his analysis of the Nagase hansoku-make at the Tokyo Grand Slam last December. Looking back in time, Murata Naoki presents a glimpse of Tomita Tsunejirō, one of the Japanese judo pioneers who helped Kano Jigoro spread judo in the early twentieth century. Finally, I have written a few words about the late Matsumura Shigeya, the last living teacher of kosen judo. We hope that you enjoy all that we have to offer for our first issue of 2016 and thank you for your continued support.
In celebration of the 2016 Rio Olympics, our third issue of Judoka Quarterly is focused on Latin American judo. We kick things off with an interview with Rosicleia Campos. Even a casual viewer of IJF judo is familiar with the face and dramatic gestures of this dynamic coach from Brazil. In our hour-long talk with Coach Campos, we learn of her strong connection to her athletes and her deep desire to raise the image of South American judo. Mexico was the host of the IJF Masters this year and we report on the final competition for ranking points prior to Rio and how the seeding was effected going into the Olympic Games. Speaking of Rio, the Voice of Judo, Neil Adams takes a look at the Brazilians fighting on their home tatami and how they match up against the best the world has to offer in each weight category. Continuing along our Latin theme, Rafal Burza offers a photo essay featuring the sights both inside the arena and out in the streets of Havana, where this year’s Pan-American Continental Championships took place. On the other side of the world, Japan’s biggest judo competition, the All-Japan’s open class, decided who would face Teddy Riner and the rest of the heavyweights in Rio. Judoka Quarterly was matside for full coverage. In addition, to IJF coverage, we are fortunate to have Osamu Mori contribute a thought-provoking essay on the meaning of kata and relevance of kata competitions. Finally, Murata Naoko continues his series examining the Japanese pioneers who helped Kano Jigoro spread judo around the world. We hope you enjoy this special Latin American edition of Judoka Quarterly and thank you for your continued support.
JQ Interview: Neil Adams
Rio 2016: Hopes and Dreams Served on the Carioca Tatami
Embracing the Power and Spirit of Paralympic Judo in Rio
A Star of David: Six Episodes in the Journey of Yarden Gerbi
The Esoteric Technique of the Cat
Emmeric le Person's Heart of Judo
Around the World in Sixty-seven Throws
Book Review: Game of Throws
JQ Interview: Lucie DEcosse
A Small Step Towards Tokyo 2020
The New Face of Japanese Judo: Baker Mashu
Tokyo Winds Blow through the Olympic Hangover
Learning through Struggle: A Tribute to Yoshihiro Uchida
JQ Tech: Ude-gaeshi
Throwing Paint: A Conversation with Artist and Olympian Neil Eckersley
New Success for the World Judo Day
A Man Called Konde Coma
Some Thoughts on Kata Practice in Judo
Time for a Change