Judokas spreading the way.
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,