JUDOKA HAL SHARP CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY
´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