Nicolas Yonezuka

Nick Yonezuka


Career Accolades:

Cadet World Team Member

Danish Open Gold Medalist (junior)

Cadet Pan Ams Bronze Medalist

5th at Coimbra Cadet European Cup

Senior National Bronze Medalist

Multiple National Champion (Cadets and Juniors)

Ranked 16th in Cadets

2020 Danish Open - Gold Medalist

2019 Cadet Pan American Championships - Bronze Medalist

High School/College Academic Achievements:

High Honor Roll

Student of the Month

Soon to be in Rutgers Honors Program

Favorite Athletic Moment:

Winning the quarter final of the Coimbra Cadet European Cup against the #2 ranked -73kg Cadet judoka in the world because it gave me the confidence that I could beat anyone

Favorite Judo Technique:

Whatever works

Other Family Members who do judo:

Grand Father: Yoshisada Yonezuka

Father: Nick Yonezuka

Brother: Jack Yonezuka

Why you started judo?:

I was forced to start judo because my grandfather and father were high level judoka during their time

Influential Athletes:

I’m not influenced by specific athletes. I don’t think it is a good idea to copy other athletes because different things work for different people. It is better to take from a bunch of different athletes to create your own style. There are a couple athletes that are the most influential. Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (tsuri toshi), entire Japanese team (posture), Korean team (tai otoshi), etc.

Future Aspirations:

2024 and 2028 Olympic team


I used to really like rubik’s cubes. I like to learn unless facts.

Secret Talent:

I can fart with my chest

Parents/Family Members:

Mother: Denise Yonezuka
Father: Nick Yonezuka
Brother: Jack Yonezuka

Home Dojo:

Cranford KLC
Cranford, NJ


Nicolas Yonezuka Sr. (Dad)