I visited Takahiro Nakajima, a graduate student in sports biomechanics at the University of Tokyo (UTokyo), to learn how judo takes advantage of timing, momentum, and balance during powerful throws and maneuvers. 

Using force plates, motion trackers, and high speed cameras, his lab has analyzed sports from skiing to tennis. He spoke about his own research on maintaining gait and balance to prevent falling, an integral skill every judoka learns with time.  He also talked about his motivations and inspirations to enter the field of sports biomechanics.