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03/05/1956 The first judo World championships are held in Tokyo

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Judo Tokyo 1956: Geesink (NED) - Tamura (USA)

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History of Judo

The 1st edition of the World Judo Championships was held at the Kuramae Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. There were no weight classes at the time and Japanese judoka Shokichi Natsui became the first world champion in history, defeating fellow countryman Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu in the final.
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