Former world judo champ Anai to retire

14-slappedkickedbeaten1-afp

Former world champion Takamasa Anai said Sunday he will draw the curtain on his career after competing in the men’s under 100-kg category in Monday’s All Japan Judo Championship at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan.

Anai, who crashed out in a second-round match to see his bid for gold end in heartbreak at the 2012 London Olympics, said that he had been mentally and physically worn down in the buildup to London in explaining his reasons for calling it quits.

“I became totally engrossed in training for the Olympics. It was mentally and physically exhausting. I need to bring an end to this,” said Anai.

The 28-year-old, winner of the 2010 world championship, took a position as an assistant judo coach at his alma mater Tenri University earlier this month and has been studying in the graduate program at Nara University of Education to become an instructor.

“I want to bet everything I have as I make my determination to compete on the mat in my last fight in judo,” said Anai.

After his disappointment in London, the Oita native withdrew his designation as a top athlete for the All Japan Judo Federation last fall and has not competed on the world stage since.

“This tournament is a very emotional one for me,” said Anai, referring to the All Japan Judo Championship he won in 2009. “This will be the place where I can really show my gratitude for all the support people have given me over the years.”

Advertisements

About martialartsoutfitters

We're a company run by martial artists for martial artists. I promise that we will always do our best to serve the martial art community; putting service ahead of profit should they ever conflict. MartialArtsOutfitters.com is your “go to” resource for all things Martial Arts. We also carry a wide selection of fine products for Taekwondo, MMA, and other martial arts. To meet the needs of the discerning martial artist, we have top quality Uniforms, Sparring Gear, Training Equipment, and Weapons, from leading manufacturers. MartialArtsOutfitters.com carries the widest selection from Adidas, Century, Golden Tiger, Master Line, Rev Gear and we proudly feature Ring Star Advantage. These top brands along with our own proprietary martial art products, makes Martial ArtsOutfitters.com your one stop online shopping destination for martial art supplies. To help you in your pursuit of knowledge we feature Books and DVDs from top masters and instructors. For the ultimate home training resource, you can download a training lesson from our Virtual Trainer. If you are looking to stay current with the martial art world, check our Events Section for all of the latest and greatest seminars, competitions, and events. We encourage you to submit information about coming events so we can post it. Simply Contact us and we will be honored to do so. For world class customer service and the answer to all of your martial art needs, make Martial Arts Outfitters.com your “go to” resource
This entry was posted in Martial Arts, MMA. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s