kazuhiko takahashi: 187cm 125kg
hiroki tachiyama: 193cm 145kg
daiki kamikawa: 185cm 145kg
toya sasaki: 176cm 130kg
keiji suzuki: 185cm 110kg
masaru momose: 185cm 120kg
yasuyuki muneta: 170cm 120kg
shoya ofuji: 184cm 130kg
makoto iwakami: 178cm 140kg
yuta kanzawa: 180cm 130kg
yoshinori wanifuchi: 185cm 135kg
yohei takai: 182cm 141kg
source: kindai judo magazine, may 2011 issue.
those are some big boys, who train full-time. pointybunny's assumption that the talent pool is small is not accurate imo.
because of the way competitions are run at the grassroots level up through university, the sport isnt all too kind to smaller judoka in japan and i think larger children gravitate towards judo more than a smaller child would.
the pool of talent at heavyweight in japan has to be as large, if not larger than all but a few countries around the world.
youll see, especially at the high school level that the teams are filled with fatboys, who if not for their size would never have a chance of winning. because of this, i think judo is generally a big man's sport in japan. if you look at the rosters of the top high school around japan, their A teams are almost exclusively filled with students over 90kg.
weight class tournaments are few and far between, even at the university level. most competitions are open weight team tournaments.
im -60 and for me, there are only a handful of tournaments i can enter with weight categories. unless you are a student, for someone under 81, that is not at an elite level and can qualify for the national tournaments, there are only a few tournaments yearly in japan with weight categories that i can think of:
all japan championships prefectural qualification tournament
all japan industry championships
other than those two, i cant think of any tournaments for non-students and non-police officers that have weight categories.
This post has been edited by judomarshall: 10 February 2012 - 08:31 AM