2x All State Wrestling
2x National Judo Champion
2x World Team member
3x World Cup Medalist
Panamerican Grand Prix Silver Medalist
Sambo Pan American Champion
TGF NY Open BJJ Champion
Shintaro Higashi grew up training at the Kokushi Budo Institute of NY under his father Nobuyoshi Higashi. He achieved success at the world level in Judo in the IJF international Judo circuit. He climbed as high as 43rd in the world, medalling in multiple World Cups, competing in the World Championship for the US team. He fought in other martial arts as well.
He was selected for the Pan American and the World Championships teams for USA in the sport of Sambo. He is also a 2x all-state wrestler, in HS and in the NCAA (New York State). He holds the rank of 6th degree red/white belt in Judo from the Kodokan/USJF and numerous other ranks under his father in JJ, Aikido and Karate. He currently resides in Manhattan and appreciates arts and culture.