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

Examples of judoka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weis, a former Terrier JV rower from Florida, will be the first BU athlete to compete in the Summer Games since grad student Taraje Williams-Murray, a 2008 judoka. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, "Three women’s berths at stake at US marathon trials," 22 Feb. 2020 And three months earlier, the International Judo Federation said Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei had refused to return home over fears for his safety. NBC News, "Influential Iranians break ranks with state after Ukrainian jet downing," 19 Jan. 2020 Iran's Mollaei says his coach received two calls from Iranian authorities ordering his fighter to pull out of the Tokyo tournament to avoid the possibility of meeting Israeli judoka Sagi Muki in the final. Ben Morse, CNN, "Iran Judo Federation banned for ordering fighter to withdraw," 18 Sep. 2019 The judoka blamed her frequent contact with a 7-month-old baby that suffers from asthma for the doping result. Mauricio Savarese, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Olympic champion Silva loses Pan Am Games gold for doping," 25 Sep. 2019 Hatton, a top judoka in the -81 kg division, placed fifth at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in August. Jenna West, SI.com, "USA Judo's Jack Hatton, 2020 Olympic Hopeful, Dies at Age 24," 26 Sep. 2019 In this photo taken Sept. 12, 2019, Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei poses for a portrait photo at an undisclosed southern city of Germany. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy," 18 Sep. 2019 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 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

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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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“Judoka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judoka. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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