ju·​do·​ka | \ ˈjü-dō-ˌkä How to pronounce judoka (audio) , ˌjü-dō-ˈkä\
plural judoka or judokas

Definition of judoka

: one who participates in judo

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Gill's mantle as Canada's most successful judoka could already be under threat. Henry Young, CNN, "Christa Deguchi: The judoka who could come back to haunt Japan," 24 May 2018 Alongside her father, Dicko sat transfixed as the half-heavyweight judoka fought valiantly to capture bronze for France. Henry Young, CNN, "Why French judoka Romane Dicko is more than just 'female Teddy Riner'," 7 June 2018 Harrison isn’t the first judoka to transition to MMA, as 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Ronda Rousey made the switch, joining UFC in 2012. Mia Berry, BostonGlobe.com, "Kayla Harrison ready to make the switch from judo to MMA," 20 June 2018 Abe's uncle, Tadahiro Nomura, is the only judoka in history to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals. Henry Young, CNN, "Uta Abe: The poster girl of Tokyo 2020 that's still at high school," 27 Apr. 2018 Essentially unbeatable between 1999 and 2003, the half-heavyweight judoka won three world titles and Olympic gold, placing him among the greatest of all time. Henry Young, CNN, "Legends of Judo: Kosei Inoue, Olympic champion and Japanese supercoach," 24 Jan. 2018 After toppling Brazil's David Moura in Saturday's +100kg final, heavyweight judoka Teddy Riner now boasts nine world titles and a run of 134 consecutive victories. Henry Young, CNN, "2017 Judo World Championships: Five things we learned," 5 Sep. 2017 Kosei Inoue is a judoka who has followed up a formidable career by becoming coach of the Japanese national team. CNN, "Kosei Inoue: 'Judo is similar to life itself; you get thrown and you stand up again'," 2 Oct. 2017 RIO DE JANEIRO — An Egyptian judoka declined to shake hands with his Israeli opponent after their match on Friday, eliciting jeers from the crowd. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Egyptian Judo Athlete Refuses Handshake After Losing to Israeli," 12 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of judoka

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for judoka

Japanese jūdōka, from jūdō judo + -ka person

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