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Body Building for Olympic Lifting
04-26-16 12:04 AM - Post#835923    




Bruce Klemens remembers Tommy Kono:

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Tommy was a great competitor, a real tiger in competition. Most of his many world records were done in foreign countries, not in the USA. Why? Because he had the ability to lift BIG when it counted...in the World Championships or other major events. He could do far more under pressure than he could do in training. Let me just tell you one story that Tommy told me years ago.

"When I started out, I trained in the cellar of my parent's home in Sacramento. I found I could normally lift "X." But I noticed when my brother came down to watch me I could lift X + Y. And sometimes my brother would bring his friends down. Then I could lift X + 2Y. Sometimes I would train at the Sacramento YMCA where I didn't know very many people and found I could lift X + 3Y. Then I started competing and in local meets could lift X + 4Y. Then in National meets, X + 5Y, and in World Championships X + 6Y and more."

So do you see the pattern? Tommy was the ultimate clutch lifter. The greater the pressure and importance of the meet, the more he could get out of his body.


 
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Re: Body Building for Olympic Lifting
04-26-16 01:35 AM - Post#835924    





Reprinted from Time magazine, Monday, June 27, 1960
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  • Quoting:
Atlas Come to Life

The greatest weight lifter of modern times, and one of the world's most remarkable athletes, is a stocky, Sacramento-born Nisei named Tommy Kono, 29. He wears horn-rimmed glasses, speaks with unfeigned modesty, and seems as innocuous as Clark Kent—until he takes off his clothes and sets to work. Then Kono becomes Superman himself.

Last week, at the A.A.U. championships and Olympic tryouts in Cleveland, Kono carefully put aside his glasses, chalked his hands, and approached the bar bells like old and honored adversaries. As always, his lifts were marvels of split-second timing and raw power. When Kono was done, he had hoisted a total of 865 Ibs. in three lifts to win his eighth national title, qualified easily to compete for the U.S. in the 165-lb. weight-lifting class at the Rome Olympics this August.

Kono virtually guarantees the U.S. a gold medal. Undefeated in world championship competition since 1952, he has broken some 30 world records. Even more unusual, Kono seems able to gain or lose weight at will and still lick the planet. In the Olympics he won the 148-lb. class in 1952, the 181-lb. class in 1956. In non-Olympic competition, he set a world record in the igS-lb. class.

Now a resident of Hawaii, Kono was so asthmatic as a child that his worried mother tried such Oriental remedies as burning small amounts of fluff directly against his body. In 1945, while he and his family were quartered in a wartime relocation camp, Kono began fooling around with weights, soon rid himself of the asthma, changed from a 105-lb. weakling into a genuine Atlas.

Confidence.

To Tommy Kono, the secret lies in the power of positive thinking. "Successful weight lifting is not in the body," says Kono. "It's in the mind. You have to strengthen your mind to shut out everything—the man with the camera, the laugh or cough in the audience. You can lift as much as you believe you can. Your body can do what you will it to do.

"I don't think of my opponent, even in a close contest. I never would say to myself, 'I hope he slips.' That's a negative attitude. Saying that, you're relying on outside help to win. Praying doesn't help, either. That's also relying on outside help. The will has got to come from me, It's all up to me.

"Just before bending down for the bar, I look up. That relaxes my back. I get the feeling that my direction is up. Then I grip the bar and take a deep breath and arch my back. Then I feel in the mood. I feel like a pouter pigeon. When I feel tension on my lower back, I rock backward, and the weight comes up automatically. I think of the steps, not the weight. Thinking of the weight would unnerve me."

A medical technician, Kono stokes himself on vitamin pills, minerals and protein tablets. To gain weight, he eats five meals a day while varying the menu from Chinese to Japanese to Italian to American. Bachelor Kono's diligence draws high praise from Bob Hoffman, vice chairman of the A.A.U. weight-lifting committee: "Kono is dedicated. Others get married, bring their wives to contests. You can't win that way. If a wife is cooperative and accepts the fact that barbells come first, a weight lifter might succeed. Otherwise, there is no place for a wife in a champion's life."

But in frank moments Kono admits that he is about fed up with weight lifting: "At the start it was joy. Now it's an ordeal. I'm a special target of the Russians. I'm always under pressure to defend a title or break a record." In fact, Kono is talking of quitting after this year. To ease his ennui in the meantime, he bends nails with his fingers, drives spikes into boards with his fist, blows up hot-water bottles until they burst, and looks forward to the Olympics—when he will have the chance to become the first weight lifter in history to win gold medals in three different classes.




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Re: Body Building for Olympic Lifting
04-29-16 06:28 AM - Post#836043    






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Laree
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04-29-16 09:35 AM - Post#836051    



Thanks for collecting and posting all these, John.


 
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Body Building for Olympic Lifting
04-29-16 03:22 PM - Post#836081    



A photo spread from the June 1952 IronMan (Volume 12 Number 1).

To enlarge and read, right click on the image and open in a new Windows tab.




 
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Re: Body Building for Olympic Lifting
05-03-16 06:30 PM - Post#836295    







Left to right: 1954 Mr World, 1955 FIHC Mr Universe







1961 FIHC Mr Universe

Musclememory.com record of Tommy Kono's bodybuilding career
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1952
Mr Northern California - AAU, 4th

1954
Iron Man, Winner
Mr Pacific Coast - AAU, 2nd
World-Universe - FICH, Short, 1st
World-Universe - FICH, Overall Winner

1955
World-Universe - FICH, Winner

1957
World-Universe - FICH, Winner

1959
World-Universe - FICH, 3rd

1961
World-Universe - FICH, Winner



Mr. Universe Competition by FIHC
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From 1950 to 1968, the International Weightlifting Federation considered itself as the world governing organization for Bodybuilding too (At that time the name was therefore FIHC - Fédération Internationale Haltérophile et Culturiste). From time to time - usually at the World Weightlifting Championships the Mr. Universe competition was held. It is not to be confused with identical named events organized by other organizations. In particular, it was only reserved for amateurs. The contest consisted of two each with points assessed exercises: athletic impression (without muscle contraction) and free posing.



Iron Game historian David Gentle
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F.I.C.H it being the Federation of International Halterophile et Culturiste, i.e. to include bodybuilding as well as weight lifting. although bodybuilding still came second in interest in the competitions. a sort of after thought. this lot came about in 1950 from the International Weightlifting Federation. their Mr Universe shows were held in conjunction with the World Weight lIfting Championships The first recognised Mr Universe is rightly as Peter said Steve Stanko, Grimek was not considered because he was believed to be "too old". Stanko was of course the first man to make over 1000lbs Weight lifting total. Grimek was guest poser at the contest held in P.A Sept 1947 Next year, due to the Olympic Games being held in London, Health and Strength ran a Mr U niverse, famously won by John C.Grimek. Skip a year to 1950 and NABBA ran ran their first Mr Universe won by Steve Reeves. Uncle Joe (Weider) commenced IFBB Universe shows in 1959, first being won by Eddie Sylvestre.



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Dan John
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05-03-16 09:31 PM - Post#836300    



Great stuff!
Daniel John
Just handing down what I was handed down...


Make a Difference.
Live. Love. Laugh.
Balance work, rest, play and pray (enjoy beauty and solitude)
Sleep soundly. Drink Water. Eat veggies and protein. Walk.
Wear your seat belt. Don’t smoke. Floss your teeth.
Put weights overhead. Pick weights off the floor. Carry weights.
Reread great books. Say thank you


 
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Body Building for Olympic Lifting
08-04-16 12:38 AM - Post#839629    



Arnold Knows Me – The Tommy Kono Story.

This new documentary can be seen at this: Link

From an old issue of IronMan, Tommy Kono describes his mindset for setting world records:
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Re: Body Building for Olympic Lifting
06-28-18 11:49 AM - Post#866916    



I really enjoyed that article, JP.
 
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08-26-18 08:06 AM - Post#869402    



Loved the documentary too.
'You can throw in the towel or use it to wipe the sweat off your face and keep going'

'Well ain't this place a geographical oddity? Two weeks from everywhere.' Ulysses Everett McGill


 
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Body Building for Olympic Lifting
02-28-19 05:31 PM - Post#878985    





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From the July 1954 issue of Iron Man

(To enlarge, right click and open in a new Windows tab).

On 13 February 1954, Tommy Kono won the Mr IronMan contest involving both strength and physique elements. In the 181 pound class, he bench pressed 360lbs and squatted 460lbs.

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Re: Body Building for Olympic Lifting
02-28-19 06:13 PM - Post#878989    





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Tommy Kono doing repetition squats with 410 pounds; From the July 1955 issue of Iron Man



From the February 1953 issue of Health & Strength, Tommy is seen doing a 420 lb Front Squat at a bodyweight of 164 lbs.



Ahead of the 1954 World Championship, Vigour magazine published a table of some of Tommy Kono's best lifts.
Note the last line in the table above...he pressed two 109-lb dumbbells for 10 reps at a bodyweight of 170 lbs.


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02-28-19 07:53 PM - Post#878995    



Go Tommy Go!

Great photo . . . thanks for sharing it.
That rack too, you gotta love the simplicity.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.



 
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03-01-19 12:19 AM - Post#879010    







 
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Re: Body Building for Olympic Lifting
03-01-19 04:37 AM - Post#879019    



On January 26 2019, Tommy Kono was inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.

YouTube Video tribute of the Induction Celebration can be seen at this: Link
 
Laree
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03-01-19 04:26 PM - Post#879049    



Thanks for the fabulous pictures, John, and for [RE]collecting all the other shots we lost during the recent site move.


 
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08-01-19 12:29 AM - Post#885600    




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Tommy Kono and Ike Berger






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08-01-19 09:27 AM - Post#885610    



This is a great collection, thank you.
Daniel John
Just handing down what I was handed down...


Make a Difference.
Live. Love. Laugh.
Balance work, rest, play and pray (enjoy beauty and solitude)
Sleep soundly. Drink Water. Eat veggies and protein. Walk.
Wear your seat belt. Don’t smoke. Floss your teeth.
Put weights overhead. Pick weights off the floor. Carry weights.
Reread great books. Say thank you


 
jp92
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Body Building for Olympic Lifting
08-20-19 05:44 AM - Post#886497    







The Kono Legacy: Link

Remembering America's Greatest Weightlifter - Tommy Kono: Link

Tommy Kono: Greatest Weightlifter of All Time: Link

My Hero, My Friend: Tommy Kono: Link

Tommy Kono: What Manner of Man Is This: Link

Tribute to Tommy Kono From His Hawaii Teammates: Link

Tributes to Tommy Kono From His Friends and Colleagues: Link

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