The 2022 World Judo Championships will start in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from October 6th. A month before that, Keiji Suzuki, the coach of Japan’s men’s national team, who has supported the heavyweight division in Japan for many years, was blasting his beloved disciple.
[Image]Kentaro Iida’s specialty is “inner thigh”
“If this doesn’t work, there’s no more, right? I’ve got to get angry.” Men’s 100-kilogram class Kentaro Iida (24), who is being taught by Coach Suzuki at Kokushikan University, has plenty of spirit.
Potential that Keiji Suzuki recognizes
Everyone was fascinated by Iida’s sense of judo. In her third year of high school, she made her brilliant debut at the Grand Slam Paris, the star of the international competition, by throwing the Olympic bronze medalist of her hometown France and winning. Coach Keiji Suzuki is one of the hottest candidates for the next generation of Judo in Japan. “Kentaro’s sense of judo is probably at a very high level, isn’t it?” Coach Suzuki continues, “I have no doubt that there is a player named Wolf Aron in the 100kg class, and I think Kentaro is well aware of that.”
“Rivals” in the same class who go ahead
The 100-kilogram class gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, Wolf Aaron, was forced to withdraw from this year’s World Championship qualifying rounds due to injuries, but Iida himself is aware that he will be greatly behind in the Paris Olympics representative race. . “I don’t think I can be a threat at all yet, so it’s a little presumptuous for me to be conscious of it at this point…” . This year, for the second time, the Paris Olympic representative race will be tough if we can’t leave the results. It’s just a backwater, but at the same time, this tournament is also a once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove your existence. “If I can win this world championship, I think I will become a threat again.” It is a traditional Japanese 100-kilogram class special move that was used by world champions such as Yasuo Inoue, Keiji Suzuki, and Ryunosuke Haga. There is no doubt that Iida is also a rare judoka who inherits that bloodline. “For better or for worse, my judo style is dynamic.