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HALL OF FAME
 

 

FRANK HATASHITA
Father of Canadian Judo

At the May Pan American Judo Union meetings in Puerto Rico, Frank Hatashita, 8th Dan (1919-1996), was inducted into the 2005 PJU Hall of Fame.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• 18 years (9 terms) as President of Judo Canada
• 8 years (4 terms) as President of PJU (Pan American Judo Union)
• 3 terms as Vice President of the IJF (International Judo Federation)
• IJF Referee
• Pacific Rim Tournament founding organizer
• Director of Canadian Olympic Association
• 1964 Olympic Games: Coach of Doug Rogers, silver medalist
• Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1974)
• 3 time Canadian Champion
• Hatashita Dojo; owner of Toronto dojo for 47 years
• Government of Ontario Achievement Award
* Introduced Judo in the Pam Am Games in 1967, and Olympic Games in 1964
• One of the first North American born recipients of Kodokan 8th Dan

Mr. Frank Hatashita devoted his life to Judo and was an exceptional man, meeting the requirements of admission to the Hall of Fame by participating in each of the areas of Judo: competitor, teacher, referee, coach, leader, and administrator.

Frank Hatashita started to practice Judo in 1927, at the age of 8 years. He was promoted to Shodan at the age of 15 years, which was inconceivable in the first years of the Judo in Canada. During the visits of Professor Jigoro Kano in 1932, 1936 and 1938, the young Frank Hatashita had the opportunity to know the founder of the Judo. During one of the visits, Professor Jigoro Kano saw a match in which Frank, at 18 years, was fighting and Kano commented on the quality of Frank's technique.

Professor Kano's opinion was proven in many competitions when Frank won the Canadian Championship 3 times, in 1938, 1939, and in 1941, a time when there were no weight categories.



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