Fukuoka is set to host the inaugural All-Japan High School Sambo Championships on August 27, it has been announced.
The event forms part of the third edition of the annual Victor Koga’s Cup, named after one of Japan’s first-ever sambists.
It will be co-hosted by the Kyushu Sambo Federation and Japan Sambo Federation with action due to take place in the judo hall at Nishi-nippon Junior College.
More than 100 students are expected to compete across six weight categories - 62 kilograms, 68kg, 74kg, 82kg, 90kg and over 90kg.
Only Japanese high school students will be able to compete on this occasion.
However, it is thought the Championships could be made international in the future.
The Kyushu Sambo Federation was founded in 2015 by two disciples of Koga; Osamu Iwasa and Tadashi Itakusu, who are the President and vice-president respectively.
As a part of their judo training, Iwasa and Itakusu learned sambo from Koga while they were students at Tokai University in Tokyo.
Iwasa won a silver medal at the 1985 World Sambo Championships and a gold at the 2003 World Masters Judo Championships.
Itakusu won gold medals at the 1990 and 1992 editions of the Kano Cup Judo World Grand Prix and 1994 All-Japan Sambo Championships.
In the 1960s, Ichiro Hatta, a pioneer Japanese wrestler, sent Koga to the Soviet Union to learn sambo.
Koga actively participated in international sambo competitions and helped to spread the sport across Japan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, an Honorary President of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS), has previously visited the Kodokan Martial Arts Centre in Japan where he watched a number of exhibition performances.
During his visit, Putin spoke with Yasuhiro Yamashita, the vice-president of the All-Japan Judo Federation and an Olympic judo champion, as well as Nobuyuki Asai, the vice-president of the Japan Sambo Federation and a member of the FIAS Executive Committee.
He had the opportunity to discuss the development of the sport in Japan with Asai.