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JIM BREGMAN: True American Judo Champion

James Steven ("Jim") Bregman (born November 17, 1941 in Arlington, Virginia) was a member of the first American team to compete in judo in the Olympics" class="mw-redirect"">Summer Olympics.


Judo was first in included in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and Bregman won a bronze medal in the under 80kg category in those games—the
only American to bring home a medal in judo in the 1964 Summer Games.


The judo world sometimes speaks with pride of the 1964 American Olympic judo team as consisting of a Jew, an African-American, a Japanese-American, and a Native American (see Nishioka's book in the
references, below). Bregman was the Jew in this grouping.


Bregman has continued to be involved in the American judo community, and until recently served as president of the United States Judo Association.


On August 19, 2009 James Bregman was promoted to the rank of Kudan by the United States Judo Association. This event took place at the YMCA International Judo Camp in Huguenot,
New York.

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Comment by Gary Goltz on November 30, 2010 at 9:34am
He'll be at the Winter Nationals along with fellow team mate and 9th Dan George Harris!

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