Wolfgang Hofmann

Wolfgang Hofmann (30 March 1941 – 12 March 2020)[1] was a West German judoka who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964, where he won the silver medal in the middleweight class representing the United Team of Germany.

Wolfgang Hofmann
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Wolfgang Hofmann
Personal information
Born(1941-03-30)30 March 1941
Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Nazi Germany
Died12 March 2020(2020-03-12) (aged 78)
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Height5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight176 lb (80 kg)
CountryGER Germany

Hofmann was German champion 15 times and European champion three times. He was the holder of the 8th Dan, as well as being a lecturer for judo at the German Sport University in Cologne for many years. He further developed his skills during two language and study visits to Japan. He shaped the training and examination regulations of the German Judo Association (DJB).[1]

Hofmann published together with the Japanese Mahito Ohgo a standard book about judo, Judo - Basics of Tachi- Waza and Ne-Waza, in the early 1970s, writing in the foreword:

"Above all, judo means: practicing on the mat, moving, fighting with many partners, or, as the Japanese say, understanding with the body".[1]

Hofmann died on 12 March 2020 about two weeks shy of his 79th birthday.[1]


  • Wolfgang Hofmann: Judo – Grundlagen des Stand- und Bodenkampfes Falken Verlag, 1978, ISBN 3-8068-4013-X


  1. ^ a b c d "Judo-Deutschland trauert um Wolfgang Hofmann". Deutscher Judo-Bund (in German). Retrieved 13 March 2020.

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