|The standard of Judo as expected was extremely high, however I was disappointed
with the refereeing. When I questioned some of the decisions, I was told that because of the
weight categories international rules were being used. In one contest two -73kg players were
disqualified for passivity!
Suzuki, -100kg, seemed to be struggling, but some of the Ippons awarded to him left a great
deal to be desired. Certainly not Suzuki's fault but if he had sneezed I reckon he would have
been awarded Waza-ari.
Inoue has now graduated from Tokai University and was no longer eligible to fight for the
University. I asked Yamashita if he thought Inoue's absence would make a difference to the
team, "Not really" he said, "I have prepared our team both mentally and physically
and I expect them to win".
The early part of the day was fairly slow until Tenri University fan club arrived. If the
Tenri clubs job was to motivate the team they did it with a vengeance, within two minutes
the place was buzzing. The atmosphere was great, the noise of the clubs chanting followed
by a huge cheer for any strong attacks. This motivated the opposition too, which led to some
really exciting contests.
The refereeing left a great deal to be desired, in one fight the referee gave an Ippon, one
corner judge gave Waza-ari while the other gave Koka. In one of the contests, with the heavy
weights both in excess of 25 stone, one scored with a huge Harai-makikomi (they shouldn't
really be allowed). I almost dropped my camera, the noise was unreal. For a country, which
suffers from earthquakes, they should be more careful. There was a lull in the process when
I was approached by a gentleman who introduced himself and said he used to teach at the Budokwai
in London before Watanabe's time.
It transpired that it was none other than Saburo Matsushita. I said "Of course I've heard
He said the Budokwai held fond memories for many Japanese coaches who taught there.
FALLON, Craig (GBR)
BENBOUDAOUD, Larbi (FRA)
TAKAMATSU, Masahiro (JPN)
NAKAMURA, Kenzo (JPN)
DESPAIGNE, Yosvane (CUB)
SUZUKI, Kenji (JPN)
MUNETA, Yasuyuki (JPN)
JOSSINET, Frederique (FRA)
LEE, Eun Hee (KOR)
LUPETEY, Yurisleidis (CUB)
VAN DECAVEYE, Gella (BEL)
BOSCH, Edith (NED)
ANNO, Noriko (JPN)
JIA, Xueying (CHN)