Konan University Athletes attending EIJC 2017

 

Coaches/Leaders

Role Name Dan Affiliation Achievement
Leader Shunsuki Yamasaki 8 Dan
  • Professor, Konan University
  • Professor, Konan University Judo Club
  • Vice President, All Japan University Judo Federation (present)
  • President, Hyogo pref. University Judo Federation (present)
  • President, Japanese Academy of Budo Judo Session
Vice Leader Masatoshi Saito 7 Dan
  • Professor, Kobe Shinwa Women’s University
  • Chairman, Japanese Academy of Budo of Knasai Area (present)
  • Chairman, Osaka International Women’s Judo Tournament (-1995)
Head Coach Dr.  Akitoshi Sogabe 6 Dan
  • Associate Professor, Ph.D. , Konan University
  • Head Coach, Konan University Judo Club
  • Coach, London Olympic Japan Women’s Judo Team (2012)
  • Board, Education and Diffusion Committee of All Japan Judo Federation (present)

Shunsuke Yamasaki

Masatoshi Saito

Akitoshi Sogabe


Athletes

Last Name

Firstname

Sex

DOB

Rank

Division

Club

Miyake Yoshitomo Male 1995 3 dan -60 Konan University
Arino Sho Male 1996 2 dan -66 Konan University
Hashimoto Ryoma Male 1997 2 dan -66 Konan University
Sato Shunta Male 1997 shodan -66 Konan University
Taki Keigo Male 1995 3 dan -66 Konan University
Koura Kaiki Male 1996 Shodan -73 Konan University
Mukai Kohei Male 1995 Shodan -81 Konan University
Tanaka Hisari Male 1996 2 dan -81 Konan University
Tokura Makoto Male 1995 2 dan -81 Konan University
Nozaki Mistuharu Male 1994 3 dan -90 Konan University
Ohgiya Kohei Male 1997 2 dan -90 Konan University
Yamane Seiki Male 1995 2 dan -90 Konan University
Yasuda Kaito Male 1996 2 dan -90 Konan University
Takekawa Yuji Male 1997 shodan -100 Konan University
Ikejima Hideya Male 1997 2 dan Plus 100 Konan University
Ishinada Mayumi Female 1995 2 dan -52 Mukogawa Women’s University
Iwai Asana Female 1995 2 dan -63 Mukogawa Women’s University
Chikanari Hinano Female 1995 2 dan -70 Mukogawa Women’s University

Athlete Bios

Yoshitomo Miyake
My name is Yoshitomo Miyake. I am 21 years old. I started Judo when I was 6. My father has been teaching Judo, so I was interested in Judo naturally. During high school, I won the prefectural qualification and competed in the Inter-Highschool Championship. I now belong to Konan University Judo Club, and I obtained San-dan in 2016. I have not fought in the national level tournament during University; however, I always push myself to practice to win the Qualification Round in Kinki area. It is very pleasure to fight in the Edmonton International Judo Championships. I would like to bring a gold medal back to Japan.

 

Sho Arino
My name is Sho Arino. I am 20 years old. I began Judo due to my friend’s introduction when I was 10. I obtained shodan during my third grade of junior high school. Although I could not leave good results during junior high and high school, I accompished my long-term cherished dream that was to win the prefectural tournament, Qualification Round of Junior Olympic in Hyogo Prefecture under 55kg, during my first year in University. I would like to compete in the All-Japan University Judo Championship one day. To achieve my goal, I will overcome any hardship. It is an honor to fight in the Edmonton International Championship. I will do my best to prepare for the competition.

 

Ryoma Hashimoto
My name is Ryoma Hashimoto. I am 19 years old. I belong to Konan University Judo Club. I used to compete under 73kg category. However, I currently fight in under 66kg. I am a black belt holder. I began Judo when I was eight years old. Since I started Judo, I have never disliked it even though I experienced much distress in Judo. I was free from stress when I got good results. My Judo highlights were winning second place in the West Japan Judo Championships during junior high school, first place in Hyogo Highschool Judo Championships, and third place in the Kinki Highschool Championships. It is my first year in University, and I have not gotten good results yet. However, in the future, I wish to leave good results. At first, I will try my best to be qualified to compete in the All-Japan University Judo Championships.

 

Shunta Sato
My name is Shunta Sato. I am 19 years old and a Konan University student. I started Judo during junior high school. Thanks to my old brother’s advice when I could not decide the club activity, I met Judo. I had never experienced to exercise my body hard, before belonging to the Judo club. It was so tough for me to follow the practice menu at the beginning. However, I obtained first place in the district tournament and a black belt. I could not leave good results during high school as well as University so far. It is very frustrating. However, I will keep striving to get a medal.

 

Keigo Taki
My name is Keigo Taki. I am 21 years old. I started Judo whenI was 5 years old because I admired Kosei Inoue. I was watching the Sydney Olympics Games, and he won Gold medal with all ippon. I was impressed with his beautiful form of Uchimata. I belong to Konan University Judo Club, and I met friendly teammates and coaches. They are supporting my life and Judo as well as my family. I would like to devote myself to Judo with appreciation. I am looking forward to competing in the Edmonton International Championships. I would like to win the tournament with excellent techniques like Kosei Inoue.

 

Kaiki Koura
My name is Kaiki Koura. I belong to Konan University Judo Club. I started Judo when I was 8. I was inspired to start Judo by my hero, Tadahiro Nomura. He was fighting on the mat of the Olympic Games, and my eyes got glued to all his movement. My first goal was to win the Championships when I was in elementary school. It was successfully achieved, and it made me go to Uenomiya Junior high school and high school, which have a high-quality Judo eduvcation. Thanks to everybody who met during Uenomiya, I won the Osaka Highschool Championships. I am excited to compete in the Edmonton International Tournament. I will do my best to win.

 

Kohei Mukai
I am Kohei Mukai, 21st years old, and holding Ni-dan. I belong to Konan University Judo Club. I have been playing judo for 6years. The reason why I started Judo was to achieve my dream, to be a police officer. Unfortunately, my high school did not have Judo Club. Hence, I practiced in the local Judo Club. It is different from other Japanese Judoka because, usually, they belongs to Judo Club at their school. I had not won competition yet due to the disadvantages that I could not practice every day when I was a high school student; however, Judo attracted me so much, and it is so fun. I appreciate this chance to compete and practice Judo in Canada.

 

Hisari Tanaka
My name is Hisari Tanaka. I am 20 years old and holding Ni-dan. I participated in the national competition twice when I was in high school. I am used to fighting in the big tournament. It is the first time to compete abroad. Hence, I am glad and honored. Through my Judo life, I met a lot of people. The relationships with them encouraged my attitude towards Judo positively. I would like to win the Edmonton International Tournament by demonstrating the technics, which I sophisticated through the practice at Konan University. Also, I would like to establish friendly relations with overseas players. I am looking forward to seeing you.

 

Makoto Tokura
My name is Makoto Tokura. I am 21 years old. I have been doing Judo since I was seven years old because my father and my brothers were devoted to Judo. Because of them, I was inspired by Judo naturally. I belong to Konan University Judo Club, and I was recently chosen to be a leader of this team. I am an under 81kg competitor and having Ni-dan, obtained when I was 18. I have won prizes at the Hyogo prefecture Judo Championships severall times through my Judo career. I appreciate this chance to compete in the Edmonton International Judo Championship in my first international tournament. I am looking forward to having Canadian friends, and I will do my best to bring a medal to Japan.

 

Mitsuharu Nozaki
My name is Mitsuharu Nozaki. I am 22 years old and fourth-grade at Konan University. Regarding my Judo history, I started Judo when I was a kindergarten student and have been for 17 years. Winning a match is significant for me; besides, the principles of Judo, such as modesty, courtesy, self-discipline, and respect, changed my life positively. I practiced every day to win the qualification to compete in the national championships while learning techniques and Judo spirit from Sogabe Sensei and Yamasaki Sensei. I will graduate Konan University and be a cog in the wheel of society in April. I will bring the principle of Judo and the days I wrestled to my mind. I would like to make the experience in the Edmonton International Championship an unforgettable memory, which I can recall all the time.

 

Kohei Ohgiya
My name is Kohei Ohgiya. I am 19 years old. It is my first year at Konan University. I had started Judo when I was in the first grade of elementary school. My grandfather was devoted to Judo so that I was inspired. At first, I did not enjoy Judo because I could not win the match. However, I love Judo as much as my grandfather does now. I acquired Shodan during my first year of junior high school. Then, I received Ni-dan during the high shool. Regarding my Judo career, I got second under 66kg category during the junior high school and third under 90kg division while I was in the high shool in Hyogo prefecture. I could not win the prefectural tournament those ages; however, I finally won the prefectural tournament under the open-weight category in the first grade of the University. Moreover, I contributed to passing the qualification round of All-Japan University Team Tournament in Kansai area. Although Konan team successfully participated in the All-Japan University Team Tournament, we lost in the first match. Furthermore, I had a chance to compete in another All-Japan University Team Tournament, which had the weight category distinction. This tournament was the last competition for the fourth grades so that I wanted to fight with them as long as possible. However, we lost in the second round. I am expecting that this trip will be one of the best memories of my University days.

 

Seiki Yamane
My name is Seiki Yamane. I am 20 years old. I belong to Konan University Judo Club. I began Judo when I was 12. because of my older brother. I am small in my division, so it is hard to fight within my category at the beginning. Thanks to my Senseis and Judo mates who encourage me to train hard, now I can compete equally with opponents who are taller than me. I learned the importance of “è‡ªä»–å…±æ „ (Jita Kyouei),” which means to foster a feeling of trust, respect, and appreciation for each other to help each other improve. Also, courtesy is a significant factor in daily practice. Through my enthusiasm in Judo, I won the Hyogo Junior Olympic Games. I would like all Canadian Judo athletes to know the excellence of Judo.

 

Kaito Yasuda
My name is Kaito Yasuda. I am 20 years old and belong to Konan University Judo Team. My father is a Judo teacher; consequently, he encouraged me to start Judo when I was 6. I believe that Judo can teach us courtesy. Therefore, I would like my kids to learn Judo in the future. During my devotion to Judo for approximately 15 years, I made many achievements. The highlights were when I obtained the second place in Hyogo and the third in Kinki during high school. I am very excited to come to Canada. I would like to build a valuable relationship with Canadian Judo athletes. Also, it is an honor to fight in the Edmonton International Judo Tournament. I will do my best to leave a good result.

 

Yuji Takekawa
My name is Yuji Tegukawa. I am 19 years old. I belong to Konan University Judo Club. My best result is the second place under the 100kg class of the Hyogo Prefecture University Judo Championships. I have been in Judo for 13 years. I grew up in Wakayama Prefecture. My kindergarten teacher invited me to start Judo because he saw my physical abilities. It is my first year in University, and I successfully competed in the All-Japan University Judo Team Tournament. However, I could not participate in the nationals individually. Therefore, I will strive to practice Judo to stand on the mat in that tournament. Also, I am excited to come to Canada. I will do my best.

 

Hideya Ikejima
My name is Hideya Ikejima. I am 19 years old. I am holding Ni-dan, obtained when I was 18. Currently, I am fighting in the +100kg division. I started judo before entering elementary school. My parents took me to the dojo close to my house, and I started Judo somehow. Due to the result during elementary school, I obtained the chance to enter Hotoku Gakuen Boys’ School, which has a great Judo history and education system. Thanks to Senseis in Hotoku, I got third during high school, and I entered Konan University. It is my first experience to compete abroad. Therefore, I am a little bit nervous; nevertheless, I will do my best to show my Judo to Canadian friends.

 

Mayumi Ishinada
My name is Mayumi Ishinada. I began Judo at Shindoukan Judo Club when I was 10 because of the invitation from my older sister’s friend. In the beginning, I could not win matches at all. However, I realized how fun Judo is when I won the tournament when I was 12. I have been in Judo for 11 years, and I currently belong to Mukogawa Women’s University. I love Judo because not only I can feel excitement when I throw an opponent but also Judo only requires my body without the use of special equipment. Also, I could communicate with people even if there is a language barrier. I am looking forward to making friends in Canada.

 

Asana Iwai
My name is Asana Iwai. When I was the first grade in elementary school, I went to cheer for my older brother’s practice at Shudokan. I felt that it could be an excellent experience so that I started Judo at Shudokan. I have been continuing Judo, and I currently belong to Mukogawa Women’s University Judo Club. Judo has satisfied me mentally and physically. It is a pleasure to come to Canada and feel another Judo culture. Also, competing in the Edmonton International Judo Tournamnet will be an amazing memory. I would like to have many new friends, and if I have a chance, I would like to win first place.

 

Hinano Chikanari
I am Hinano Chikanari. I started Judo during junior high shool because of not only my physical strength but also the influence of the female competitor, who I saw at the tournament when I cheered for my older brother. In my eyes, she was amazing. Through my Judo career, I achieved many prizes. My favorite part of Judo is when I throw an opponent. I feel a rush of adrenaline. I love Judo because I feel that I am growing up mentally and physically. I believe courtesy is one of the attractivenesses of Judo. I hope everybody will understand how amazing Judo is.