JUDOKA HAL SHARP CEL­E­BRATES 90TH BIRTH­DAY

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´Hal Sharp was one of my he­roes when I be­gan judo in the ’60s,” said Gary Goltz, for­mer pres­i­dent of the U.S. -udo As­so­ci­a­tion and cur­rent first vice pres­i­dent of the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Black Belt As­so­ci­a­tion. ´He is still one of my he­roes.”

The kind words were part of Goltz’s in­tro­duc­tion for Sharp, who was feted at 'is­cover -udo in Ran­cho Cu­ca­monga, Cal­i­for­nia, on April 9, 2017. The oc­ca­sion was the MXGRND·V 90th birth­day, which co­in­cided with a book sign­ing and a teach­ers work­shop.

Many no­ta­bles at­tended the event, in­clud­ing Black Belt Hall of Famer Hayward Nishioka. Trib­utes from Gene LeBell and other con­tem­po­raries of Sharp were read aloud. Af­ter­ward, Sharp shared sto­ries of his early train­ing with cham­pi­ons and in­struc­tors in post­war -apan, a time when judo was largely un­heard of in the West. Sharp was in­stru­men­tal in the spread of judo in the United States — through his ap­pear­ances in Black Belt and his nu­mer­ous books. Per­haps the most note­wor­thy of his texts is The Sport of Judo, which has been in print for 60 years.

The ninth-de­gree black belt’s lat­est project is the Hal Sharp -udo Teach­ers Foun­da­tion, cre­ated to share grap­pling knowl­edge with the next gen­er­a­tion. The foun­da­tion de­vel­ops ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als for judo in­struc­tors, in ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing and shar­ing im­proved teach­ing meth­ods. ju­do4teach­ers.com

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