Learning More About the History of North American Judo

Journal of Combative Sport November 1999

By Joseph R. Svinth

Copyright © Joseph R. Svinth 1999. All rights reserved.

 My favorite online judo bibliography is the one maintained by Kim Sol. The URL is http://www.bstkd.com/judorev.htm. Of course everything of interest is not listed; how could it be? The following are examples of unlisted special interest texts that are well worth obtaining if available.
 Brenneke, R.J., Mar. A., and Veatch, T. "An Outline of the History of Obukan Dojo, Inc. and of Kodokan Judo in Portland" (Portland, OR: Obukan Judo Dojo, Inc., 1979).

 De Leonardis, Anthony. "The Lively Early Years of U.S. Judo," Black Belt, March 1967, 26-31.

 Holm, Debra Nelson, Clark, Lynda Campbell, and Holm, Norman. Nampa's People 1886- 1986 (Nampa, ID: Nampa Centennial Committee, 1986).

 "How Seattle's Sons of Old Japan Practice Jiu-Jitsu," Seattle Sunday Times, March 10, 1907, Magazine Section, 1.

 Iwamoto, Masamichi. "Vancouver Judo Club and Sensei Satoru Tamoto in the Context of Judo History," Judo B.C. Digest, 18:3 (Summer 1998), 27-28.

 Nakayama, Gordon G. Issei: Stories of Japanese Canadian Pioneers (Toronto: NC Press, 1984).

 Norman, Howard and Tanaka, Jitaro. "Etsuji Morii, Villain or Scapegoat," in Stories of My People, A Japanese Canadian Journal, ed. by Roy Ito (Hamilton, Ontario: Roy Ito, 1994), 325-337.

 Okazaki, Robert K. The Nisei Mass Evacuation Group and P.O.W. Camp '101' Angler, Ontario, tr. by Jean M. Okazaki and Curtis T. Okazaki (Scarborough, Ontario: Markham Litho Ltd., 1996).

 Yoshida, Jim and Bill Hosokawa. The Two Worlds of Jim Yoshida (New York: William Morrow, 1972).
 If looking for photographs as well as text, then don't overlook the National Archives. The URL is http://www.nara.gov/nara/nail.html. Using the keyword Nisei, for example, turns up an online digital image of a photograph dated January 7, 1943, whose caption reads: "Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Not generally considered a sport for women, a Judo class, at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, organized at the request of the Nisei girls, enrolled 30 students. Here a student throws a male instructor in a standard Judo style." The control number of this particular photo is NWDNS-210-G-E690, but dozens more equally intriguing films and photographs appear by using various logical keyword searches.

JCS November 1999