Nittaidai (Nippon Sport Science University) is an academic institution dedicated to promoting physical education and sports, improving the health of the Japan's citizens, and cultivating elite athletes with the goal of creating a truly rich and vibrant society. 

I had the opportunity to talk with judo practitioners and coaches from Nittaidai about nutrition among athletes, the culture of judo in Japan, and how judo has changed to fit today's competitive world of sports.

A special thank you to Professor Koichi Nakazato for coordinating the day! Professor Nakazato and I also talked about biochemical research and translational applications to the area of sports performance. His lab is based at Nittaidai.