Masashi Ebinuma

Masashi Ebinuma (海老沼 匡, Ebinuma Masashi, born 15 February 1990) is a Japanese judoka.

Masashi Ebinuma
Born (1990-02-15) February 15, 1990 (age 30)
Oyama, Japan
Native name海老沼 匡
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb; 10 st 6 lb)
Fighting out ofTokyo, Japan
TeamAll Japan National Team
Park 24
TrainerKenzo Nakamura
Rank4th degree black belt in Judo
UniversityMeiji University

Ebinuma is a triple world champion, having won in 2011, 2013 and 2014. A dominant force in the half-lightweight division, he was ranked first in the world for three years. He is regarded as an ultimate stylist of seoi nage. He is also known for being a quadruple All-Japan national champion.[1][2]

Ebinuma won bronze medals at the 2012 Olympics and the 2016 Olympics. He married judoka Kana Abe in 2014.[3]


In one of the most controversial fights in judo with Ebinuma beating South Korea's Cho Jun-ho, Cho Jun-ho was initially announced as the victor. His score was overturned by the judges after a replay.[when?]

In the bronze medal match in the London 2012 Olympics, an ippon was scored against him by Poland's Paweł Zagrodnik. It was downgraded to a waza-ari, saving him from defeat and earning him his first Olympic medal.[4][5]

At the 2016 Olympics, he beat Charles Chibana, Ma Duanbin and Wander Mateo before losing to An Ba-ul.[6] Because An reached the final, Ebinuma was entered into the repechage, where he beat Antoine Bouchard to win his second bronze medal.[6]



  Asian U20 Championships -66 kg, Jeju
  Grand Slam -66 kg, Tokyo
  World U20 Championships -66 kg, Bangkok
  Summer Universiade -66 kg, Belgrade
  Grand Prix -66 kg, Abu Dhabi
  Grand Slam -66 kg, Tokyo
  World Cup -66 kg, Budapest
  World Cup Team -66 kg, Salvador
  All Japan Judo Championships -66 kg, Fukuoka
  Grand Slam -66 kg, Tokyo
  World Championships -66 kg, Paris
  All Japan Judo Championships -66 kg, Fukuoka
  World Cup -66 kg, Budapest
  Grand Slam -66 kg, Rio de Janeiro
  Grand Slam -66 kg, Tokyo
  All Japan Judo Championships -66 kg, Fukuoka
  Olympic Games -66 kg, London
  World Masters -66 kg, Almaty
  World Championships -66 kg, Rio de Janeiro
  Grand Prix -66 kg, Düsseldorf
  All Japan Judo Championships -66 kg, Fukuoka
  Grand Prix -66 kg, Düsseldorf
  World Championships -66 kg, Chelyabinsk


  1. ^ "Masashi Ebinuma". Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  2. ^ Masashi Ebinuma Archived 2012-08-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Totally Wrapped Up". The Daily Yomiuri. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. ^ London 2012 Olympics: Japanese world judo champion Ebinuma Masashi saved by an overturned verdict
  5. ^ Ebinuma misses gold but salvages bronze
  6. ^ a b "Masashi Ebinuma Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  7. ^ Masashi Ebinuma (Japan)