Combat Sports Project Est.2012
Combat Sports Project Est.2012

Interview with Daishin Judo head coach- Matsuura Akihiro


My name is Matsuura Akihiro, Kodokan Judo 8th Dan.
-Alumnus of Doshisha University
-Alumnus of Meiji School of Oriental Medicine
-Osaka Judo Union Council Member
-Eastern Osaka Judo Council Director
-Chairman of the Board of Directors in a N.P.O. Kiwi Club Osaka
-Alumni Permanent Director of Judo Club ain Doshisha University
-First New Zealand Judo National Coach
-Honorary Member of the New Zealand Judo Federation
-Honorary life member of the Auckland North Harbour Judo Club in New Zealand
-Honorary citizen of Six Fours in France
-Honorary Master of Iraklis Judo Club of Greece

What made you start training judo and for how long have you practiced?
Because my father was Judo player, I started Judo when I was Junior High school student, 52 years ago.
Can you tell us about your overseas experience, working and organizing judo clubs around the world?

When I was New Zealand Judo national coach I taught Judo at schools and Judo clubs in Auckland and
visit different area for the technical Judo seminar with former President of International Judo Federation
Rouly Hargraves for two years 1973 and 1974.
Visit to Papua New Guinea for Judo instruction for two weeks by Papua New Guinea Government invitation in 1975.
I have started Daishin Judokai in 1976, there are 24 sister Judo clubs in the world:
New Zealand (Lavin)
Lavin Judo Club
New Zealand (Auckland)
New Zealand Judokwai
New Zealand (Auckland)
Auckland Uni. Judo Club
New Zealand (Christchurch)
Christchurch Judo Club
New Zealand (Wellington)
Wellington Judo Academy
Australia (Gold Coast)
Tsunami Judo Club
Australia (Adelaide)
Goshin Judo Kan
Sang-Rock Judo & Ju-jits Club
New Caledonia
Judo Club De Mont Dore
Judo Club de Six Fours

South Korea (Chejyu Island)
Daishin Hai Boys’ Judo Club
Judo Club ‘Ronin’
Iraklis Judo Club
Australia (Adelaide)
Seacliff Judo Club
Australia (Adelaide)
Onkapuringa Judo Kan
South Africa
Little Dragon Judo Club
Nepal (Kathmandu)
Parsa Judo Dojo
Australia (Melbourne)
Shudokan Judo Club
Australia (Darwin)
PCYC Judo Club
Japan (Yao)
Yao city Judo Club
Masuda Judo Club
Hontai Judo Club
Australia (Queensland)
University of Queensland Judo Club
France (LE HAVRE)
Bemanos Judo Club
Are there any famous names within your students?

Yes, some of my students are William Vincent : Representative New Zealand for 1984 and 1988 Olympic,
Brendon Crooks : Representative New Zealand for 2000 Olympic,
Yoshihiro Akiyama: Representative Japan for 2003 World Judo Championship,
Saeko Matsuura : The winner of Oceania World Cup Judo Tournament in 2003,
Munetoshi Ikegami :  The winner of Oceania World Cup Judo Tournament in 2003.

What should a succesful judo competitor concentrate on?

That means the continuation make the force ( Follow the way, then the victory will come).

How would you compare the judo from the days you started, to the sport with the recent rules?

Under new International Judo rules, the small player never win against the big player.
They are just thinking to make the rule same size players fighting each other.

Could you tell us some interesting stories from your judo experience?
In 1974, when Queen Elizabeth came to Auckland for Commonwealth Game in New Zealand
I performed Nage no Kata with my father at Auckland Museum.
We did outside on the grass, it was very hard to do Ukemi.

When New Caledonia Judo national team came to New Zealand in 1973 or 74.
New Caledonia and New Zealand had a team match at Mt. Albert Gym in Auckland.
I was coaching New Zealand Judo team, and New Zealand team won.
After this match, the president of New Zealand Judo Federation, Rouly Hargraves
asked me to have a line up Shiai against New Caledonia Judo team.
I did line up Shiai with them, I beat them all about 5 or 6 minutes, they were 12 or 13 players
I fought from lighter players to heavy players.
That was fun.
All the spectators enjoyed to watch that.

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