South Korea has always been, and will continue to be one of the dominant forces in the sport of judo. Whenever a Korean team is present at an international-level competition, you can be certain that their players will be in contention for a spot on the podium.
The reason is simple; they have a tried-and-true, well-oiled training machine that churns out World and Olympic champions continuously.
They own a blueprint, and the blueprint goes something like this: take a geographically small country that produces world-class talent each generation and employ those players back into a complete end-to-end program that begins in a fully integrated school training system.
Here in Busan, Korea’s second largest city, there are a number of school judo teams. They begin in elementary school and continue up through university. There’s even an all-girl’s middle school judo team here.