Across the week, renowned judoka Professor Hirotaka Okada will visit The University of Western Australia as part of his tour of the State.
Professor Okada, an eighth Dan Judo, is a head Judo coach at the University of Tsukuba and an International Ambassador for the All Japan Judo Federation.
The University of Tsukuba is one of the oldest national universities in Japan, with a strong reputation for both academia and judo.
Aside from Judo, Tsukuba also has an impressive record in Kendo, with their men’s team winning the All-Japan Universities championships 9 times, while their women’s team has won 7 times.
UWA is building a strong exchange relationship with Tsukuba, with 16 UWA Judoka and 10 UWA Sport Science students scheduled to visit later this year.
While in Perth, two-time World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Professor Okada will meet with UWA judoka, and also experience the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health.
UWA student athlete and Judo club captain Kai Png is one of the lucky judoka selected to meet with Professor Okada, and will also join the tour of Japan in November.
The UWA Judo Club has a strong history of building relationships with their Japanese counterparts, as judo continues to grow in Western Australia.
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