Sport Overview

Postponement has been decided for the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai.
The new dates are being arranged.
Please note that the followings are the information before the postponement was confirmed.

A martial art originating in Japan, Judo is a sport that places great value on developing a spirit of respect as represented by the expression “Judo begins with a bow and ends with a bow”. The first competitor to earn an “ippon” wins the match. A competitor can earn an ippon by successfully executing a technique and subduing the opponent. A “waza-ari” is awarded when a technique does not meet all the requirements for an ippon, and two waza-ari are equivalent to an ippon.

 Friday, 20th May - Sunday, 22nd May 2022

 Main dojo of Totttori Prefectural Budokan <Yonago City, Tottori>


Performance will be marked and evaluated.
The KATA competition will consist of seven events (techniques): Nage-no-Kata (Forms of Throwing), Katame-no-Kata (Forms of Grappling or Holding), Kime-no-Kata (Forms of Decisive techniques), Ju-no-Kata (Forms of Gentleness & Flexibility), Kodokan Goshin-jutsu (Forms of Kodokan Self-Defense), Itsutsu-no-Kata (Forms of 'Five') and Koshiki-no-Kata (Forms of Classics).
The performance order will be posted at the competition venue by the afternoon on the day before the competition.

If there are three participants, they will play in a round robin format. For all other categories, an elimination tournament (direct knockout) format will apply. No consolation (repechage) matches will be held.

< Age categories in the general division >
30-34 (M1): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
35-39 (M2): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
40-44 (M3): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
45-49 (M4): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
50-54 (M5): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
55-59 (M6): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
60-64 (M7): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
65-69 (M8): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
70-74 (M9): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
75-79 (M10): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
80+ (M11): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
30-34 (F1): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
35-39 (F2): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
40-44 (F3): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
45-49 (F4): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
50-54 (F5): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
55-59 (F6): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
60-64 (F7): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
65-69 (F8): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
70-74 (F9): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
75-79 (F10): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg
80+ (F11): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg

< Age categories in the visual impairment division >
30-39 (VM1): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
40-49 (VM2): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
50+ (VM3): -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg
30-39 (VF1): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, +70kg
40+ (VF2): -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, +70kg
* IBSA international classification for judo will not be conducted at the Games.

The ranking will be determined in an elimination tournament format. The match time will be the following.
1st Senpo (M1 - M2)
2nd Jiho (M3 - M4)
3rd Chuken (M5 - M6)
4th Fukusho (M7 - M8)
5th Taisho (M9+)
1st Senpo
2nd Chuken
3rd Taisho

* Athletes who participate in a men's team will participate in their corresponding age group without distinction of weight. However, if a team does not have an athlete in one age category, the opponent will either win by default or compete with an older athlete (1 age category higher).
* In a women’s team, there is no age category for Senpo, Chuken and Taisho (first, second and third positions) and no distinction of weight. The youngest team member will be the Senpo, the second youngest, Chuken, and the oldest, Taisho. If a team of 3 cannot be formed, the 2 members will move up to 1st and 2nd positions.


[Declaration and content of own record, etc.]
・In principle, Japanese competitors must be at least a shodan grade holder and must be registered with the All Japan Judo Federation.
・Overseas competitors must be ranked Ikkyu or higher.
・Athletes in the Visual Impairment Division must be able to prove that they are visually impaired by providing documents such as a disability certificate (record book) or medical certificate.
[Necessary procedures]
Japanese athletes must have completed the 2021 FY Registrations with All Japan Judo Federation.

Age Requirement

Minimum age is 30 (born on or before 31st December 1992).
In line with the sport-specific rules, an athlete must compete in their designated age group, with your age determined as at 31st December 2022.
For example, if you are 39 during Games time but have turned 40 by 31st December 2022, you would compete in the 40-44 age category.

Sport News

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[1st March 2021] We have released the Sports Information Guide with new schedule!

Sports Information Guide


Sport Discipline May 2022 Venues
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Main dojo of Totttori Prefectural Budokan

※The above schedule was created based on the information that is current as of 1st March, 2021. It is subject to change due to various circumstances in the future.


Main dojo of Totttori Prefectural Budokan

Location 3192-14 Ryomitsuyanagi, Yonago City, Tottori
Games Accreditation ◯ (19 - 21 May) Sports Check-in
Access ・40 minutes by Shuttle bus from Yonago Sta.
・15 minutes by car from the Yonago Expressway’s Yonago Exit.
Official Homepage http://www.budoukan.jp/

Sport Check-in

Entrance and weigh-in room of Tottori Prefectural Budokan
・Date and Time: Friday, 20th May 2022, 8:30 - 9:30
・Date and Time: Friday, 20th May 2022, 11:00 - 12:00
[Individual (M6 - M11, F1 - F11, VM1 - VM3, VF1 - VF2) ]
・Date and Time: Friday, 20th May 2022, 14:00 - 17:00
[Individual (M1 - M5) ]
・Date and Time: Saturday, 21st May 2022, 14:00 - 17:00
* Athletes unable to check-in and weigh-in on time due to participation in team competitions will be given an extended time (to be announced).

Nearest Village

Masters Village Tottori (Fumon Square)

Location Higashihonjicho, Tottori City, Tottori
Access From JR Tottori Station, exit out of the ticket gate, proceed to the right side. Fumon Square is located in front of the North Gate.
Official Homepage https://www.city.tottori.lg.jp/www/contents/1405987524720/index.html

Tottori Prefectural Budokan (competition venue)

Location 3192-14 Ryomitsuyanagi, Yonago, Tottori
Access ・40 minutes by Shuttle bus from Yonago Sta.
・15 minutes by car from the Yonago Expressway’s Yonago Exit.
Official Homepage http://www.budoukan.jp/

Sports Equipment Rental

Arms and armor (only in the division of KATA)
* The performance of KATA will be performed using the arms and armor loaned at the venue (no carry-in equipment required)
* Rental fee is free.
* Arms and armor may be rented for training (the day before and on the day of the competition), but they must be returned on the same day.

Sports Equipment Arms and armor (only in the division of KATA)
Rental Fee free
Place Daidojo of Totttori Prefectural Budokan




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