the Dutch Judo Federation was astonished.
There was a European judo tournament in Milan, Italy. The Dutch team won 11 cups out of 12. And one cup was presented to the chairman of the Milan Judo Federation. That meant that Holland won all the cups.
Know Thyself and the Enemy
The World Championships was first held in 1956 at Kuramae Kokugikan. Back then, they only had the open weight division, and Shokichi Natsui became the first champion.
The Second World Championships at Tokyo Gymnasium in 1958 was won by Hiroshi Soneyasu. The top 3 positions were all won by Japanese athletes.
Geesink entered this tournament, but lost in the first round. This was because Michigami did not allow him to show all his skills. Michigami was targeting the next Word Championships.
On that day, Nakayama from Tenri was at the tournament. As Nakayama went outside he told Michigami if he can send Geesink over once. Michigami told Geesink to go not only to Tenri, but also to Kohdohkan.
Michigami believed that one must know his opponent in order to win. So he told Geesink to analyze the opponent's moves, and not to use his favorite moves. When Geesink returned from the trainin in Japan, he asked Michigami why Inokuma just sat down near a pole and never trained together.
Michigami replied that that is another way to deal with judo.
On December 2nd in the same year, the Third World Championships was held in Paris.
That morning, Michigami decided that he will quit judo if Geesink loses, as he looked back at his 8 years in Europe.
Winning the Third World Championships
At that moment, the telephone rang. It was from Geesink. He said that Kaminaga, who was not scheduled to participate had changed his mind. He added on that he will have to fight Kaminaga in the third round, and that it isn't fair.
Geesink was clearly unstable.
Michigami rushed to Geesink's room, and encouraged him that no body can beat him as long as he is confident; not even Kaminaga, not even a demon. Tears were coming out from Michigami's eyes.
Geesink promised to win, and asked Michigami to stay by his side during the match.
A bulletin of the Michigami Judo School. A move called "hikikomi-gaeshi" is presented.