Two of the Best Judoka in the World Practicing at the Kodokan

The following is a video of Ilias Iliadis and Teddy Riner in a randori session at the Kodokan in 2011, who are two of the best in the world in their respective weight divisions.

Iliadis is a -90kg player and Riner is a 100+kg player (actual weight of 129kg). So, there is an 85 lbs difference between the two men. However, Iliadis is probably one of the most powerful judoka to ever fight in 90kg.

It’s exciting to see two world class judoka at the top of their game practicing together. It’s almost as if they are both relaxed enough to not take the whole thing very seriously, and yet the natural competitive spirit definitely takes over at times.

Here’s a video of Iliadis practicing:

Here’s a short Riner highlight:

Both are some of the greatest judoka of all time, but if I had to pick one to watch, I’d go with Iliadis every time 😉

 

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