Athletes

New star of visually impaired judo Judo

SETO Yujiro

Nickname:Setojiro, Y-jiro

i enjoy

I’m always having fun, but I think generally, the more fun I’m having, the more I tend to be able to exert my strength, and win.

Strong points

“When I’m able to reverse my opponent’s attack, get in my own critical technique, and win the match!”

  • Sport
    Judo
  • DOB
    2000-01-27
  • Sex
    Male
  • Birth place
    Itoshima City, Fukuoka
  • Team
    University of Teacher Education Fukuoka
  • Position/Class
    Men’s 66kg
  • Results
    ・2017
     Japanese National Blind Judo Championships
     Men’s 66kg: 3rd Place
    ・2018
     Japanese National Blind Judo Championships
     Men’s 66kg: 1st Place
    ・2019
     Tokyo International Judo Championships for the Blind and Visually Impaired 2019
     Men’s 66kg: 1st Place
    ・2019
     IBSA Judo Grand Prix Baku (Azerbaijan)
     Men’s 66kg: Eliminated in second round
  • Has low vision (right eye 0.07, left eye 0.05) due to a congenital eye disease (a type of color-vision deficiency), which makes people and objects appear blurry, and lights appear very bright. Discovered judo when he was four years old. Joined a junior sports association at the recommendation of his brother, who is two years older than him, and competed in local tournaments. Hit a competitive wall in late elementary school, but continued playing judo in club teams in middle school and high school, even competing in the Kinshuki National High School Judo Tournament, the team-based national championship for judo, while in Shuyukan Senior High School. Was discovered by an affiliate of visually impaired judo at this tournament, and competed in the All Japan Student Judo Championships for the Blind and Visually Impaired as a third-year in high school. The following year, in 2018, he came under the limelight when he beat Satoshi Fujimoto, three-time Paralympic gold medalist, at the Japanese National Blind Judo Championships (Men’s 66kg). Currently studying to become a special education teacher at the University of Teacher Education Fukuoka, while also training hard in the judo club, aiming to compete in the Tokyo Paralympic Games.