Masao Takahashi sensei
8th Degree Kodokan Black Belt, Hall of Famer Member, Nato Air Force Combat Instructor, Judo Pioneer & Legend
Takahashi sensei was born in Stave Falls B.C, on June 24, 1929, starting judo at eight years old. As a teenager, he and his family were expelled from B.C. and relocated to a sugar beet farm in Alberta as part of the internment of Japanese Canadians during WWII. At the end of the war, he completed school and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1949. Mas enjoyed an illustrious military career stationed in Eastern Canada, and four years in Germany where he taught Judo and unarmed combat and started his young family in judo. Mas retired from the Air Force in 1972 and devoted much of the next phase of his life to the judo school he opened in 1969. Mas was a fierce competitor and impressive technician and instructor who instilled his passion for judo in his four children and their children. Hundreds of students have since earned black belts, became great competitors, instructors of clubs, coaches and Olympians, achieving national and international success. He was an official at the ’76 Olympic Games his two sons competed in the Olympics twice, Phil in judo, Ray in wrestling and daughter, Tina was a World University Champion, World Sambo Champion and Olympic Women’s Judo Coach.
Masao sensei one of the first to achieve Canadian and Kodokan 8th degree Black Belt. Inducted into the Judo Ontario and Judo Canada Hall of Fame along with his son and daughter and has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Honour Roll. In 2002, he was decorated by the Emperor of Japan with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette, in recognition of his service to improving the status of Japanese-Canadians through his lifelong commitment to the promotion and development of Judo in Canada.
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Tina Takahashi Martial Arts, 1061 Merivale rd., Ottawa, Ont., K1Z-6A9, Canada.