The world’s finest Judoka converged in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, for the 2015 Judo Grand Prix. The video above, courtesy of the International Judo Federation shows some of the tournament’s best moves, moments, and action!
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Ulaanbaatar is a city in fast progression. But one that is very proud of its heritage. And the Buyant Ukhaa Sports Complex was hosting its flagship international sporting event, the annual Judo Grand Prix for the third time.
Mongolia has been forming its judo legacy, with World and Olympic medalists being crowned year after year. And its unique tradition in Mongolian wrestling gives its fighters strength and flexibility on the judo tatami.
Since it claimed its first ever Olympic gold medal through Tuvshinbayar Naidan in 2008, he has become one of the country’s biggest stars. But he was unable to compete here through injury so would be coaching some of Mongolia’s male heavyweights.
And with a fanatical home crowd who love their judo, it would be very hard for any foreigner to come here and walk away with the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix title.