Your reference, your idol in judo ?
Your favorite technique ?
Uchimata, because I feel excitement when I throw people.
Your training ?
I train 5 times a week in judo, and 2 times a week in bodybuilding.
What do you prefer : to be champion of Japan in +100 kg or in Open category ?
Japan Zen Nihon champion (Open category).
What does your bronze medal at the 2018 World Championships represent for you?
I am disappointed that I could not win without Teddy (Riner).
What are your ambitions at the next World championships in Tokyo?
I will try to win these 2019 Worlds, first because they take place at home, but also because I would like to grow.
In 2019, you are finalist in Paris, winner in DÃ¼sseldorf, champion of Japan in +100 kg. Do you think you have regained your shape of 2015-2016 ?
My 2018 season has been pretty good. I found my momentum again. But I think this season is going to be even more significant as I am reaping the benefits of my search for my ideal Judo.
Which style do you prefer : Teddy Riner or Guram Tushishvili ?
Teddy can throw with great precision, without necessarily creating a situation. He is a perfect fighter who knows how to make the right decisions.
Guram is a judoka who has the ability to launch an attack in any situation, and he has the stamina to perform it even if itâ€™s in the last minute.
Are you looking forward to fight Teddy Riner again ? (only one fight lost in the 2016 Olympics final)
Yes of course !
What would be your dreamt finale of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ?
The one destiny will choose.
What is the most important for you in judo ?
It is important to set goals for yourself and then do everything you can to improve yourself to achieve them.
What does judo mean to you ? A family story ? A lifestyle ?â€¦
My daily life.
What does it mean for you to belong to the adidas team ?
I am honored to be a member of the team of the prestigious adidas brand. For now, adidas kimonos are not yet popular in Japan, but I will do my best to be a pioneer of adidas kimonos in Japan.
Shut your eyesâ€¦ Imagineâ€¦ We are a week from the Tokyo Olympics. What comes to your mind ?
I think that I will be confident and that I will express in my game only what I have prepared until then. I would also have a thought for the many people who have supported me so much.