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Old 04-30-2001, 12:26 PM   #54
Location: livingston, scotland
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 715
Yes, but it was only in the 80's onwards that Japan's grip on all the different weights in world/olympic competition was prised loose. The start of the downfall of Judo as a MA was when different weight divisions were brought in, very early, which - again - changes the way people teach and learn.
Professional sports make more money, they weed out smaller clubs very quickly and cherry pick only the best competitors to stay around, usually (usually) as children.

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