She has played only 24 international competitions since November 2012 and her 3rd place at the Paris World championships. 24 participations for… 23 medals, Karate 1 and championships included ! She only missed the podium at the 2018 Paris Open, surprised in the 1st round by Switzerland’s Bruederlin. Quality undoubtedly comes before quantity with Ayumi Uekusa (+68 kg) !

Reigning World champion, after two bronze medals in 2012 and 2014, reigning Asian champion, after a 3rd place in 2015, winner of the 2013 World Games (3rd in 2017)… One doesn’t have to look far for the favorite for the Gold medal in Tokyo in 2020. The Japanese fighter, 26 years old in July 2018, presents one of the finest records of the Karate planet.

Trained at the hard Japanese school, in the pure tradition of Japan, Ayumi Uekusa is not one to be complacent and does not hesitate to be inventive to progress in her Karate, to challenge codes. Her last idea ? Train once a month with a former Taekwondo champion to perfect her kicks which, according to her, represented her weak point.

It’s all relative, isn’t it… Even with a « weak point », the Japanese champion has won 15 podiums in Karate 1, including 9 wins, a record in women’s competition. After her « accident » in Paris, Ayumi Uekusa won the Premier League of Dubai and Rotterdam and is 1st in the world ranking, far ahead of the other competitors. It looks like it will not be easy to throw her out of her thrown…


By Ludovic Mauchien