Judokas spreading the way.
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During the 1960’s, Nishioka was United States Division judo Champion three times, in 1965, 1966 and 1970. In 1965 he retired as the National AAU Grand Champion. A member of four United States international teams, he won a gold medal in the Pan-American Games in 1967. Nishioka was also the British-Colombian Champion in 1966, and placed 5th in the World Judo Championships in 1965 & 1967.
A complete martial artist, Nishioka is also a black belt in Shotokan karate under pioneer…Continue
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Roy Murakami walks around with a kind of a smirk on his face. He cracks a joke at a young kid, reaching down to help him with a leg lift. He tells another kid to "loosen up,…Continue
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Sayaka Sensei began studying judo at the age of 5, under the instruction of her father, David Matsumoto, and grew to become a talented judo player in her own right. She currently has the most impressive list of competitive accomplishments at EBJI: She is a 7 time Senior National Champion, has been on 3 World Championship teams, and was a member of the 2008 Olympic Team. In December 2006, she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Mass Communications
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World War II was a watershed for Kodokan Judo. Kano's death before the war, wartime demands and the Japanese surrender, and postwar occupation and the martial arts ban all contributed to a time of uncertainty in Judo, as in Japan. Kodokan's resurgence after the War was due primarily to two individuals: Kyuzo Mifune and US Air Force General Curtis LeMay.
Mifune was born a year after the Kodokan was founded, April 21, 1883 in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture on Honshu Island. He…Continue
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Antonius "Anton" Johannes Geesink was born on April 6, 1934 in Utrecht, in the Netherlands. He is a Dutch 10th dan judoka. He is a two time World champion, 1961 and 1965, and Olympic Gold
Medalist in 1964. He was 6' 7" tall and at one time weighed 320 pounds.
Anton Geesink first participated in the European Championships in 1951, and placed second in his category. The following year, he won his first European title. Until 1967, 20 more European
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Born: 1943 in Okayama, Japan
Trained: Okayama, Tokyo and Kanagawa
• 1965 All Japan National Team Tournament (Represented Kanagawa)
• 1968 US Senior Nationals 176 lbs - 2nd
• 1970 SPAAV - Open Class - 1st place
• Grand Champion - 1st place
• Daijuken 1967-1969 • Venice 1967-1974 • Gardena YMCA 1967-1978
• Norwalk 1975-Present…