All Japan Championships




APRIL 29, 1948-2000


The history of Japanese competitive JUDO goes back to the 1920s. The first official regularly held JUDO champinship was the Zen Nihon Judo Senshi Ken Taikai. . This open-weight ALL JAPAN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIP was staged annually from 1931 until 1939. Masahiko KIMURA, who won this championship on three occasions: 1937, 1938 and 1939.

   The championship was suspended during the Second World War and restarted  in 1948. It was renamed the Zen Nihon JUDO Senshu Ken Taikai (All Japan JUDO Championship).

   The two most famous champions are Yasuhiro YAMASHITA, who won it a record nine times (1977-1985), and Naoya OGAWA, who had seven victories (1989-1993 and 1995-96)

The men’s tournament is held  in Nippon Budokan on April 29 and the women’s tournament is held in Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in April. This tournament has only  one open-weight division. Weight distinction is held as All-Japan Weight Class Judo Championships and Kodokan Cup particularly.









    Most titles


        Yasuhiro Yamashita : 9 titles


        Naoya Ogawa : 7 titles


        Masahiko Kimura : 4 titles


        Keiji Suzuki : 4 titles



    Most Participation


        Yasuyuki Muneta : 15 times


        Katsuyuki Masuchi : 13 times


        Isamu Sonoda : 12 times


        Jun Konno : 12 times


        Naoto Yabu : 12 times



    Youngest champion


        Satoshi Ishii : Champion at 19 years and 4 months of age in 2006


        Yasuhiro Yamashita : Champion at 19 years and 10 months of age in 1977



    Lightest champion


        Isao Okano : 79 kg in 1969 and 80 kg in 1967






    Most titles


        Maki Tsukada : 9 titles


        Yoko Tanabe : 6 titles


        Noriko Anno : 5 titles


        Miho Ninomiya : 2 titles






   1930 Kanbe Furusawa

   1931 Tatsukuma Ushijima /

   1932 Tatsukuma Ushijima

   1933 Not held

   1934 Suekichi Tanaka

   1935 Eisaku Iiyama

   1936 Isamu Shinbara / Shinkichi Setoguchi

   1937 Masahiko Kimura


KIMURA MASHIKO  (木村 政彦  (1917-1993)


He, judo 7th dan obtained at age 29, is undoubtedly the greatest Judoka to ever live. He stood 5'6" (170 cm) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84kg).  He trained in the Kodokan school run by Jigoro Kano, turning out to be a promising rookie and gaining sound accomplishments for his age, among them three all Japan championships. A crazy training fanatic, he swore not being defeated ever, and also trained in karate with Gichin Funakoshi and Mas Oyama to round his skills At the age of 20, he won the ALL-JAPAN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS for the first time. He was only 5’7”, but his favourite technique was OSOTO-GARI with combination of OUCHI-GARI, and strong NEWAZA. He also used IPPON-SEOI-NAGE and UCHIMATA. He won the ALL –JAPAN CHAMPIONSHIPS in 1937, 1938 and 1939. His training methods were extreme. Before he went to sleep that night he did 500 press-ups, 1 km of bunny hops, and 500 makiwara strikes. He learned Shotokan and Goju-ryu karate. In 1949, he reached the final of the ALL-JAPAN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS. He faced Takahiko Ishikawa and fought one of the hardest matches of his life. It was declared a draw after two periods of extra time. At the age of 40, he was still fighting professionally and remained outside the central JUDO environment, because professional JUDO was against KANO’s ethics.  He won all his fights – but faded, and he started another professional fighting career abroad.



Chen, Jim. (1997). Mashahiko Kimura, the man who defeated Helio Gracie, http://


   1938 Masahiko Kimura

   1939 Masahiko Kimura

   1940 Masahiko Kimura


   1941 Iwao Hirose

   1942–47 Not held

   1948 Yasuichi Matsumoto

   1949 Takahiko Ishikawa / Masahiko Kimura

   1950 Takahiko Ishikawa

   1951 Toshiro Daigo

   1952 Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu


   1953 Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu

   1954 Toshiro Daigo

   1955 Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu

   1956 Not held

   1957 Shokichi Natsui

   1958 Koji Sone

   1959 Isao Inokuma

   1960 Akio Kaminaga

   1961 Akio Kaminaga

   1962 Yoshinori Takeuchi

   1963 Isao Inokuma

   1964 Akio Kaminaga

   1965 Seiji Sakaguchi

   1966 Mitsuo Matsunaga

   1967 Isao Okano

   1968 Takeshi Matsuzaka

   1969 Isao Okano


Okano Isao  岡野 功 (1944-)         Olympic and World Champion

-80 kg (176 lbs)


He entered the 1964 Summer Olympics while studying at Chuo University's law school, and won the gold medal in the middleweight division. He won another gold medal at the World Judo Championships in 1965, becoming the champion of his division at only 21 years of age. He also won the Open weight class division of the All-Japan Judo Championships in 1967 and 1969, and placed second in the competition in 1968. He remains the lightest ever competitor to win the Open weight class of the All-Japan Championships, as he weighed around 80 kg throughout his career. He suddenly retired from competitive judo at only 25 years of age, and founded the Shoki Juku (currently the Ryutsu Keizai University's judo team) in 1970, where he instructed future Olympic gold medalist Kazuhiro Ninomiya. He also served as a coach for the Japanese Olympic judo team during the 1976 Summer Olympics. He later worked as a judo instructor at Keio University from 1989-1998, and the University of Tokyo from 1989-2000. He is currently an instructor and professor at Ryutsu Keizai University.

He was just around 80 kg, his exceptional natural talent brought him gold medals in all the major national and international championships. He was very fast and precise in throwing (SEOI-NAGE, KOUCHI-GARI) He founded Seiki Juku, a school which attracted a strong international contingent. One of the best JUDO book of the world was written (with Tetsuya Sato) by him.


Best ContestTechniques


Okano style OKURI-ERI-JIME


Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Tokyo 1964 (-80kg)


World Championships

gold Rio de Janeiro 1965 (-80kg)


All Japan Championships

gold 1967

silver 1968

gold 1969



Okano, Isao " Vital judo : Grappling techniques ", Tokyo, Japan, Japan Publications, 1976-1982, 191p, 26 cm, MBR, ISBN 0870405179.

Okano, Isao : Sato, Tetsuya, " Vital judo : Throwing techniques ", Tokyo, Japan, Japan Publications, 1973, 191p, 26 cm, MBR, ISBN 0870401734.




1970 Masatoshi Shinomaki

   1971 Kaneo Iwatsuri

   1972 Shinobu Sekine

   1973 Haruki Uemura


Uemura Haruki 上村 春樹  (1951-) Olympic and World Champion

Open division


He is a former judoka from Japan, who won the gold medal in the Open Class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. In the final of the Olympic tournament in Canada he defeated Great Britain's Keith Remfry. In 2009 he was elected President of KODOKAN and he was awarded the rank of 9th dan.


Best Contest Techniques



Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Montreal 1976 (Open)


World  Championship

silver Lausanne 1973 (Open)

gold Vienna 1975 (Open)


All Japan Championships

gold 1973

gold 1975

bronze 1976

bronze 1979





   1974 Nobuyuki Sato

   1975 Haruki Uemura


   1976 Sumio Endo

   1977 Yasuhiro Yamashita

   1978 Yasuhiro Yamashita

   1979 Yasuhiro Yamashita

   1980 Yasuhiro Yamashita

   1981 Yasuhiro Yamashita

   1982 Yasuhiro Yamashita

   1983 Yasuhiro Yamashita

   1984 Yasuhiro Yamashita

   1985 Yasuhiro Yamashita


Yamashita Yasuhiro (1957-) Olympic and three-time World Champion

+95kg (209 lbs) / Open division


He is one of the most successful judo competitors of all time. He currently works as an instructor or advisor for numerous organizations, including Tōkai University, the International Judo Federation, and the All Japan Judo Federation. He retired from competitive judo in 1985 after a remarkable career where he won five gold medals in international competitions and marked 203 consecutive victories (with 7 draws in-between) up until his retirement. He received the Japanese National Prize of Honor in 1984. He has a record: he won All Japan

Judo Championship nine times in succession (1977-1985).

Best Contest Techniques



Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Los Angeles (Open) 1984


World Championships

gold Paris 1979 (+95kg)

gold Maastricht 1981 /(+95kg)

gold Maastricht 1981 (Open)

gold Moskow 1983 (+95kg)


All-Japan Championships

gold 1977-1985 (nine times)


Yamashita, Yasuhiro (1957 - ), " Osoto-gari (judo masterclass techniques) ", Wiltshire, United

Kingdom, Crowood, 1991, 96p, 19 cm, 3538, ISBN 1852234903.

Yamashita, Yasuhiro (1957 - ), " The fighting spirit of judo : the technique and spirit to win ", London,

United Kingdom, Ippon, 1993, 208p, 25 cm, KS, ISBN 1874572151.


1986 Yoshimi Masaki

   1987 Yoshimi Masaki

   1988 Hitoshi Saito


   1989 Naoya Ogawa

   1990 Naoya Ogawa

   1991 Naoya Ogawa

   1992 Naoya Ogawa

   1993 Naoya Ogawa

   1994 Jun Konno

   1995 Naoya Ogawa

   1996 Naoya Ogawa


Naoya Ogawa (小川 直也Ogawa Naoya, born 31 March 1968) is a Japanese former world judo champion, Olympic silver medalist, professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. He won a total of seven medals at the All-Japan Judo Championships (second only behind Yasuhiro Yamashita), and a set a record of seven medals at the World Judo Championships (tied with Robert van de Walle).

In professional wrestling, Ogawa was two-time National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight champion.

Ogawa first started in Judo in his high school years. He continued on in college attending Meiji University in 1986. In his second year at school he became a world freeclass champion, youngest in the history of Judo. He would go on to win many more championships before graduating from the College of Business Administration at Meiji University. Ogawa was Silver medalist in judo of 1992 Summer Olympics, and placed fifth at the 1996 Summer Olympics.




   1997 Jun Konno

   1998 Shinichi Shinohara

   1999 Shinichi Shinohara

   2000 Shinichi Shinohara

   2001 Kosei Inoue


Inoue Kosei (1978-)   Olympic and three-timeWorld Champion

 -100kg (220.5 lbs) / +100kg (220.5 lbs)                                       

He is a world-class JUDO athlete. He won the gold medal in the under 100 kg class at the 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES. This under 100 kg fighter is well known for his specialty throws: UCHI-MATA (inner thigh throw) and OUCHI-GARI (major inner reap). He is widely considered by the Judo community as one of best competitive Judokas. His notable accomplishments include three golds at the World Championship and All Japan Championship (one of four Judokas who has accomplished this). Between 1999 and 2003 he was untouchable on the international scene. He won three consecutive WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS and the OLYMPIC GAMES. He won everything by IPPON. At the 2000Olympics, the 2001 Worlds and the 2003 Worlds INOUE won the lot by IPPON. In 2001 INOUE became the first non super-heavyweight to win the ALL JAPAN CHAMPIONSHIPS since 1974, when he beat SHINOHARA in the final. Again, no other fighter had nanaged this in the modern era.


Best Contest  Techniques



Best Competition  Results

Olympic Games

gold Sydney 2000


World Championships

gold Birmingham 1999

gold Munich         2001

gold  Osaka          2003



All Japan Championships

silver 1998

silver (Open) 2000

gold (Open) 2001

gold 2002

gold 2003

silver 2004

bronze 2007


Kano Cup

gold 2005 (Open)

silver 2007 (+100kg)



   2002 Kosei Inoue

   2003 Kosei Inoue

   2004 Keiji Suzuki

   2005 Keiji Suzuki

   2006 Satoshi Ishii

   2007 Keiji Suzuki

   2008 Satoshi Ishii

   2009 Takamasa Anai

   2010 Kazuhiko Takahashi

   2011 Keiji Suzuki


Suzuki Keiji (1980-)         Olympic and two-time World Champion

-100 kg/ +100kg (220.5 lbs)

He won the Olympic gold medal in the heavyweight (+100 kg) division in the 2004. He is also a two-time world champion. He is noted for being a remarkably small judoka in the heavyweight division; he also regularly competes in the light-heavyweight (-100 kg) class.



Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004


World Championships

gold  Osaka      2003 (Open)

gold  Cairo       2005 (+100 kg)


All Japan Championships

Silver 2003

gold 2004

gold 2005

gold 2007

silver 2008

gold 2011



2012 Hirotaka Kato

2013 Takamasa Anai

2014 Takeshi Ojitani

2015 Hisayoshi Harasawa

2016 Takeshi Ojitani






   1986 Kaori Hachinohe

   1987 Yoko Tanabe

   1988 Yoko Tanabe

   1989 Yoko Tanabe

   1990 Yoko Tanabe

   1991 Yoko Tanabe

   1992 Yoko Tanabe


   1993 Noriko Anno

   1994 Noriko Anno


Anno Noriko 阿武 教子 (1976-)   Olympic and  four-time World Champion

-78 kg (172 lbs) / -72 kg (158.5 lbs)


She is a Japanese judoka who won the gold medal in the women's -78 kg judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She has won gold in the World Championship at -78 kg four times, and was fifth in the -72 kg category at the 1996 Summer Olympics. She is a police woman in Japan.


Best Contest Techniques



Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004 (-78 kg)


World Championships

gold Paris 1997 (-72 kg)

gold Birmingham 1999 (-78 kg)

gold Munich 2001 (-78 kg)

gold Osaka 2003 (-78 kg)


All Japan Championship

gold 1994

gold 1995

gold 1996

gold 1999



   1995 Noriko Anno

   1996 Noriko Anno


   1997 Miho Ninomiya

   1998 Miho Ninomiya

   1999 Noriko Anno

   2000 Mayumi Yamashita

   2001 Midori Shintani

   2002 Maki Tsukada

   2003 Maki Tsukada

   2004 Maki Tsukada

   2005 Maki Tsukada

   2006 Maki Tsukada

   2007 Maki Tsukada

   2008 Maki Tsukada

   2009 Maki Tsukada

   2010 Maki Tsukada

   2011 Mika Sugimoto

   2012 Kanae Yamabe

   2013 Akari Ogata

   2014 Kanae Yamabe

   2015 Megumi Tachimoto

   2016 Kanae Yamabe


Tsukada Maki (塚田 真希 (1982-)             Olympic and World Champion

 +78 kg (172 lbs) / Open division


She is a Japanese female judoka. She won the Women's +78kg category gold medal at the Athens Olympic in 2004 and the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics.

On September 2003, Tsukada won the silver medal at the World judo championship games in Osaka, Japan. On September 2005, she won the bronze medal at the World judo championship games in Cairo, Egypt


Best Competition Results

Olympic Games

gold Athens 2004 (+78 kg)

silver Beijing 2008 (+78 kg)


World Championships

silver Osaka 2003 (+78 kg)

bronze Cairo 2005 (+78 kg

gold Rio de Janeiro 2007 (Open)

silver Rio de Janeiro 2007 (+78 kg)

bronze Rotterdam 2009 (+78 kg

bronze Tokyo 2010 (+78 kg)


All Japan weight category Championships

bronze 2001 (+78 kg)

gold 2008 (+78 kg)

silver 2010 (+78 kg)