ju·​do·​ka ˈjü-dō-ˌkä How to pronounce judoka (audio)
plural judoka or judokas
: one who participates in judo

Examples of judoka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based on real-life stories, Tatami follows Iranian female judokas Leila (Arienne Mandi) and her coach Maryam (Ebrahimi), who travel to the Judo World Championship intent on bringing home Iran’s first gold medal. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Oct. 2023 Helio Gracie versus Japanese judoka Masahiko Kimura on October 23, 1951, in Maracanã Stadium in Brazil was one such match. Brian Roberts, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 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 See More

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Word History


Japanese jūdōka, from jūdō judo + -ka person

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of judoka was in 1949

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“Judoka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judoka. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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