Liliko Ogasawara

Liliko Ogasawara is a former international competitor in judo who competed for the United States in Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1] Ogasawara was born on May 21, 1972, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Raised in Montvale, New Jersey, Ogasawara attended Pascack Hills High School, who became the first New Jersey girl to compete against boys in a high school interscholastic match, when she participated in four matches in 1989.[2]

Martial arts careerEdit

She trained in judo from the age of three.[3] She was placed in several national championships.[4] She also won over 10 golds in international competitions.[4] She won silver in the 1993 World Judo Championships and bronze at the 1995 World Championships in Japan[5] while living in San Jose, California.[5] A hamstring injury stopped her from being able to fully train for Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[6][7] She would compete in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.[8] She competed in the 66 kg division (146 lbs)[1] and tied for 7th place on losing to Wang Xianbo of China.[6]


Nagayasu Ogasawara and Liliko Ogasawara were the authors of a Judo video series White to Black.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

She is the singer of Sessomorte.[10] She is a 5th degree blackbelt in Judo.[10] She is a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor and licensed professional counselor in New Jersey.[11]


  1. ^ a b Profile ofLiliko Ogasawara
  2. ^ Cooper, Darren. "Liliko Ogasawara, New Jersey's first female wrestler, to be recognized at Boardwalk Hall", The Record, February 28, 2019. Accessed April 29, 2020. "New Jersey’s first female wrestler will be at New Jersey’s first female state championship. NJSIAA Assistant Director Bill Bruno confirmed that former Pascack Hills wrestler Liliko Ogasawara would attend the girls state finals Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, present medals and be recognized by the crowd.... Ogasawara, a Montvale native, wrestled four matches for Pascack Hills in 1989 and has been recognized as the first girl to compete against boys in a varsity wrestling match. Her true sport was judo and she represented the United States in the 1996 Olympics in that sport, finishing seventh."
  3. ^ "Liliko Ogasawara", Black Belt, September 1996, p 94
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  5. ^ a b "Morris Takes Bronze at Judo Championships",Black Belt, February 1994, p 83
  6. ^ a b Time to Move On for Judo's Ogasawara
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  8. ^ Sports Reference
  9. ^ Advert in Black Belt, January 2000, p 103
  10. ^ a b Archived July 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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