The Judo team at Tsukuba University is coached by alumnus Hirotaka Okada, a 2-time world champion, and Olympic bronze medalist in Barcelona in 1992. To give you a feel for how productive the Tsukuba University Judo team is, wrap your arms around this. Current students and alumni of Tsukuba University brought home ten medals in nine different weight categories from the 2010 World Championships: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, and 4 Bronze! Tsukuba also had two players on the Japanese women’s World Cup soccer team that defeated the U.S. last month.
From time to time, I get requests to post this and that or link my site to someone else’s. Recently, I received such a request from a professor at Tsukuba University in Japan. Since I had visited Tsukuba right after the 2010 World Championships in Tokyo, I was already familiar with its Judo program and campus. It also helps that Kae Takei, a former player of mine, is currently training at the university. Since it isn’t often that judoplayers get offers for academic assistance as well as training opportunities abroad, I was sure that our national organizations would be willing to distribute the information. Much to my surprise, it turns out I was wrong. Thus, I volunteered to spread the word. Here is the initial letter of introduction I received.