MINOBE Kazuyasu


Personal Information

Occupation Athlete

Languages Japanese

Higher education Politics - Hosei University: Tokyo, JPN

License number 15071987003


World Cup3--3
Tallin (ESTONIA), 2015-11-13
Heidenheim (GERMANY), 2018-01-25
Berne (SWITZERLAND), 2018-11-23
Zone Championships--22
Singapore (SINGAPORE), 2015-06-25
Wuxi (CHINA), 2016-04-13
Grand Prix21-3
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2019-03-08Budapest (HUNGARY), 2017-03-24
Cali (COLOMBIA), 2019-05-03

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at high school in Echizen, Japan. He initially took up foil, but switched to epee after starting university.

Why this sport? He was involved in karate for six years while he was in primary school, and played volleyball in middle school. He began fencing at high school following encouragement from his father.

Club / Team Nexus: Japan

Name of coach Yusuke Aoki [national], JPN; Oleksandr Gorbachuk [national], UKR

Handedness Left

International Debut

Year 2008

Competing for Japan

Tournament World Cup

Location Montreal, QC, CAN

General Interest

Nicknames Kazu (nexus-group.jp, 19 May 2015)

Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and winning the individual epee competition at the 2019 Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary. (FIE Fencing Channel YouTube channel, 03 Aug 2020)

Hero / Idol Japanese feudal lord Nobunaga Oda. (gunosy.com, 22 May 2019)

Injuries He sustained injuries to his neck and shoulders at the 2016 World Cup event in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (sankei.com, 15 Feb 2016)

Sporting philosophy / motto "The most important thing in my life is to not set limits for myself. You develop by overcoming such limits." (FIE Fencing Channel YouTube channel, 03 Aug 2020)

Awards and honours In January 2016 he was given the Citizen Sports and Cultural Grand Prize in Echizen, Japan. (fukuishimbun.co.jp, 04 Jan 2016)

He received the Echizen Sports and Cultural Special Award in 2014. (city.echizen.lg.jp, 24 Nov 2015)

He was presented with the Echizen Citizen Honorary Prize in January 2011. (city.echizen.lg.jp, 15 Jan 2015)

Ambitions To win individual and team gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (jomo-news.co.jp, 29 Apr 2020)

In August 2017 he was voted onto the International Fencing Federation [FIE] athletes' commission. In 2019 he began serving as a member of the athletes' committee of the Japanese Fencing Federation. He is due to finish his term in 2021. (fencing-jpn.jp, 05 Dec 2019; fie.org, 04 Aug 2017)


Never miss a momentStay in touch with all things fencing