Shintaro Nakano is coach of college power house and defending National Champions SJSU, head Coach at Caio Terra Academy, former member of the Japanese National team, a US Open champion, and was coach to 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2013 World Champion Marti Malloy.
He was also one of the first people I met when I set out to create a documentary on judo.
When I shared the initial idea with Shintaro, he was excited and eager to be a part of the project. His passion for judo and teaching others is evident in his commitment to his students and his craft.
During our interview, I talked with Shintaro about growing up in Japan, fighting setbacks, and sharing judo with the world.