Having just concluded hosting the Hungary Grand Slam, the first international judo competition in eight months, it was announced Hungary will now host the 2021 Judo World Championships. László Tóth, head of the Hungarian Judo Association, said the event will take place starting on June 3 in Budapest.

The 2021 championships were originally slated to be hosted by Uzbekistan with Hungary to have hosted the 2022 tournament. The world championships will be a qualifying event for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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Ten-time world judo champion Teddy Riner lost to a fellow Frenchman for the first time in nearly thirteen years. Riner, 31, dropped the match against Joseph Terhec due to 3 penalties suffered in the quarterfinals of the French Team Championships, Saturday.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist and the only judoka to ever win 10 world titles, Riner lost in February to Japan's Kokoro Kageura, his first defeat of any sort in almost a decade.

Jim Harrison

The "Ronin" Followed the Martial Path and Left His Mark on Our World!

Any veteran of the martial arts will tell you that the 1960s were known as the "blood and guts" era of American karate. Chances are that person also will tell you that one of the pioneers of this period — not to mention, one of the toughest fighters ever — was Jim Harrison. Born on December 30, 1936, the man they called "Ronin" built an impeccable reputation in the combat arts, one that persisted until he passed away on February 23, 2020.

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Press Release: September 3, 2020

The Nanka Judo Yudanshakai (The Southern California Judo Black Belt Association) has approved the development of a Police Judo program for criminal justice professionals. Nanka, one of the oldest judo organizations is developing a dynamic and adaptive judo program designed specifically to address the needs of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole officers and similar type professions.

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South African judo champion Preston Davids was stabbed to death Monday in the Bellville South neighborhood where he grew up. He was 29.

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