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Washington Judo Club

United Kingdom

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Washington Judo Club was formed in September 2002 by Sensei John Pickering and a group of local parents. We are an inclusive Club and strongly believe that, by following the principles of Judo, we have developed a club with a strong sense of community, wh ... more

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Employment History

Judo Chairman

Carolinas Association of the Amateur Athletic Union


Shufu Judo Yudanshakai Inc


Shufu Judo Yudanshakai Inc

Washington Judo Club

Nito Judo Club

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Some of his early Senseis/Instructors were ... [cached]

Some of his early Senseis/Instructors were Tom Mayerchak, Jimmy Takemori, Joel Hicks and Jack Lynch.

The following questions and answers were part of the interview with the staff of Judo Illustrated, Jimmy Takemori, Tom Mayerchak, Jack Lynch and Andy Holt. (Our questions and comments are in Italics.) (Note: This magazine article has been edited to remove references to photographs and other redundant comments.)
Persons like Jimmy Takemori, Tom Mayerchak, Jack Lynch; all of these have mean a lot to me. That’s another thing, a person who goes into Judo and has the guts to stick with it, I think will make worthwhile friends for life.
Following are Andy's answers to questions posed by Jimmy Takemori, Vice President of Shufu Yudanshakai and president of the Washington Judo Club.
In view of the fact that we understand you (Jimmy Takemori) and Sensei Kenzo promoted Andy Holt, can you give a brief history of his promotions?

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James Takemori, Kudan

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Jimmy Takemori"Virginia Judo Incorporated has existed for 26 years.VJI is giving out today an award its has never before given in its 26-year history, a Lifetime Achievement Award.There is only one person who could possibly get VJI's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award: Jimmy Takemori.

Jimmy Takemori was born February 3, 1926.If you do the math, you'll see he turned 80 last month.Jimmy is still going strong as a judo person.As most of you know, he's an 8th-degree black belt. Jimmy was born in California, and after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor he was subjected to the same harsh treatment as other Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast.He was removed from his home and taken to an internment camp.When he became old enough to join the military, he joined the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and fought for the United States in Italy.The 442nd RCT was the most decorated unit in the war for its size and length of service.It consisted entirely of Japanese-Americans who fought for the United States despite the way Japanese-Americans were being treated in the United States. After the war, Jimmy moved to the East Coast.Relationships between Japan and the United States, and between Japanese-Americans and the United States, were not very good right after the war, considering that the two nations had been enemies and the United States had not treated Japanse-Americans well.But Jimmy did not behave in a bitter manner.Instead, he used judo to build a bridge between nations and between communities. In the early 1950s, Jimmy -- along with others -- founded the Washington Judo Club and Shufu Yudanshakai.These were watershed events in promoting the spread of judo on the entire East Coast.By 1964, when judo made its first appearance in the Olympic Games, Jimmy and people whose lives were touched by Jimmy had several notable accomplishments.
And, at the Tokyo Olympics, the very first American to win an Olympic medal in judo was Jim Bregman, who had been Jimmy Takemori's student.
During that time, Jimmy has coached players and teams nationally and internationally and has held just about every leadership position imaginable in local, national, and international organizations.He has been honored by many organizations for all of his activities.Especially noteworthy is an award he was given just about a year ago by the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.The award recognized Jimmy for his "contributions to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States as well as between our two peoples."For me, seeing Jimmy receive that award was a reminder of how difficult it must have been for Jimmy to promote a Japanese art right after a war in which Japan and the United States were enemies, and how important his efforts have been in contributing to the excellent relationship that exists today. In some ways, an award from Virginia Judo Incorporated must seem far less significant than the awards Jimmy has received from national and international organizations.But for the entire 38 years I have known Jimmy he has lived in Virginia.In fact, he has had the same address on Lamond Place in Alexandria all that time.And, as much as Jimmy has had broad-based leadership positions, those who know him know that what he loves best is teaching judo one on one.It doesn't matter whether you were born in the year 1920 or in the year 2000, if Jimmy sees you trying to do judo and sees an opportunity to help you improve, he wants to take that opportunity.He doesn't want to yell at you -- although he may do that too -- but to help you get better, because he loves judo, loves teaching judo, and loves judoka.So it is very fitting that, here at the grass-roots level, we join the larger organizations that have honored Jimmy. I am pleased to present the first-ever Virginia Judo Incorporated Lifetime Achievement Award to James Takemori."


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Hui-O-Judo would like to congratulate Dorothy Tamai on her promotion to Shodan, which was presented by Jimmy Takemori, the Chairman of the Shufu Yudanshakai Board of Examiners.

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