Steveston Judo Membership celebrates 70 years instructing self-discipline and citizenship

Steveston Judo Membership celebrates 70 years instructing self-discipline and citizenship

In 1953, 10 Japanese fishermen in Richmond, B.C., all of whom have been additionally black belt judokas, constructed an athletic membership, aiming to present the native children one thing to do. 

The Steveston Judo Membership, which has been the house membership for judokas — individuals who practise judo — similar to Olympian Alan Sakai and Emi Tasaka, was born. 

Isau Kuramoto’s father was one of many black belts who shaped the membership 70 years in the past. Now in his 80s, he’s an teacher there and dealing to maintain the spirit of the membership alive. 

“Principally disciplining and making an attempt to be an excellent citizen and making an attempt to present again to the membership and to the group. I feel that was the primary focus,” he advised CBC’s Steve Zhang. 

His son joined the membership when he was 9 years previous, and now, Kuramoto’s grandson has joined. 

“I like instructing him. Hopefully, he retains persevering with to be an excellent citizen.”

A man holds a newspaper featuring a headline that reads 'The judo way of life.'
Isao Kuramoto holds a duplicate of the Richmond Information from Could 2005 in Steveston, B.C., on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. The photograph options him and his father, Kunji, one of many 10 black belts who based the membership. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

Jim Kojima, now in his 80s, additionally joined the membership at its inception. 

On the time, he says, entry to judo apparel was restricted, and the coaching house was makeshift. 

“Our moms made our pants out of 100-pound rice sacks, and our tops have been made out of canvas,” Kojima recollects. 

“We had sawdust on the ground, canvas on high, and that lasted for a few years. After which our senseis purchased mats in Seattle, and that is after we had our first judo mats.”

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Now, totally outfitted with apparel and equipment, younger athletes like 17-year-old Lola Shearer are persevering with the custom. 

She began judo when she was seven and says the game has taught her about extra than simply martial arts. 

“It undoubtedly taught me about confidence, handle stress,” she mentioned. 

“I get actually nervous earlier than assessments [at school] for some motive. Just lately, we did courses about respiratory methods and all these other ways to calm your thoughts.”

Now, she’s competing within the 2023 Canada Winter Video games in P.E.I. and is contemplating changing into a coach. 

Kojima mentioned Shearer’s teaching aspirations are a key instructing on the membership. 

“While you’re younger, you are taking all the things you possibly can to be a greater individual or a greater judoka. You’re taking, take, take, however sometime it’s important to give again.”

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Steve Zhang brings us this story about 70 years of custom.