Anton Geesink

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  1. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Bergeron Avatar Club Full Member

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    Judo career

    Geesink first participated in the European Championships in
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    , and placed second in his category. The following year, he won his first European title. Until
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    , 20 more European titles would follow.
    At the
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    World Championships, Geesink became World Champion in the open class, defeating the
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    , who had won all World Championship titles up to that point.


    Judo debuted as an official sport at the
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    , which were held in the sports home country,
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    . Although Japan dominated 3 of the 4 weight divisions (light,middle and heavy), Anton Geesink won the final of the open weight division, defeating
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    in front of his home crowd.


    After winning the 1965 World Championships and a last European title in 1967, Geesink quit competitive judo.


    Anton Geesink is the only living 10th dan grade kodansha recognized by the
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    but not by
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    . There are three living 10th dan kodanshas recognized by Kodokan:
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  2. Raggamuffin

    Raggamuffin You dipstick Full Member

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  3. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Bergeron Avatar Club Full Member

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    Nope.
     
  4. Raggamuffin

    Raggamuffin You dipstick Full Member

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    I am.
    Then you must be a judo buff
     
  5. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Bergeron Avatar Club Full Member

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    Not judo particularly; competitive martial arts in general. Geesink was an extremely dominant competitor in one of the most physically demanding combat sports of the time. He deserves a great deal of credit, and may have been better in an MMA style environment than any of his contemporaries (Bluming possibly excepted).

    Welcome to the MMA section. :good
     
  6. Raggamuffin

    Raggamuffin You dipstick Full Member

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    Thanks for the warm welcome buddy !!
     
  7. bigG

    bigG Well-Known Member Full Member

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    geesink is a legend!!!...anyone read judo gene le bell's biography...i found it quite entertaining...i practiced judo for 12 years as a young man and am only now finding out about these old characters...
     
  8. Beebs

    Beebs Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    You're missing the cartoon you had in the classic MMA thread :lol:
     
  9. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Bergeron Avatar Club Full Member

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    Just for you. :good

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