November 25, 2011
The Japanese Deaf Martial Art League which aims at being enlisted to the Deaflympic judo match is holding the training camp from November 24 in Okinawa Prefecture. Eight Deaf judoists have participated for five days.
They aims at getting higher rank advance in the Asia-Pacific Deaf sports meet (May, 2012, South Korea) and the World Deaf Martial Art Championship (August, 2012, Venezuela) as the standard of the national team selection.
They participated in joint exercise with the Okinawa Shogaku High School judo club on November 24. YAMADA Mitsuo from Shiga Prefecture, the gold medalist in the 100 kilogram category of the Deaflympics in 2009, is the only one who has been selected to the National Team.
A hearing judoist who practiced with Mitsuo said, "He is very good. I believe he became strong because he has had great passion for judo and worked hard."