judoka

noun
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 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 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

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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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16 Nov 2019

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“Judoka.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judoka. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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