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 And later that night, extra-lightweight judoka Naohisa Takato won a gold medal, Japan’s first of these Tokyo Games. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 The Russian president is a keen judoka and attended the sport at the 2012 London Olympics. Rob Harris, ajc, 28 Feb. 2022 Putin, 69, is a keen judoka and holds a black belt. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2022 Among the notable Olympic contenders are Lærke Marie Olsen, the first Danish female Olympic player, and Ebony Drysdale-Daley, Jamaica's first Olympic judoka. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine has been banned from competition for 10 years by the International Judo Federation after his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics to avoid a potential bout against an Israeli opponent. USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 Uchida was a small judoka, topping out at 5 feet 2, 135 pounds, but his presence off the mat stretched internationally. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 Entering her fourth Olympics, the Argentine judoka is already in possession of a silver medal won at the 2008 Beijing Games and a gold won at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Amy Gunia, Time, 4 Aug. 2021 As the tournament progresses, Japan also will feature Shohei Ono, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist regarded as perhaps the best pound-for-pound judoka in the sport. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2021 See More

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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 3 Jul. 2022.

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