Memorial Service for Haruo Makimoto

Hello Everyone,

Haruo Makimoto Sensei passed away on February 12, 2020, after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.

A memorial service for Makimoto Sensei will be held as follows:

Friday, March 20, 2020, at 13:00
Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church
6929 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento CA 95823

Please feel free to distribute this information to interested parties.

Thank you very much.

Jack Hatton

image of Jack HAtton from the USAJudo siteimage of Jack HAtton from the USAJudo site

An item from the USA JUDO COACH of September 28, 2019

We’ve lost someone. I started to say we’ve lost an athlete, because he was, and a very good one at that. But the reality is, we’ve lost a human. A young man in his prime who could have done anything.

At one point or another, Jack Hatton was a student of more great coaches than many athletes. From New York, Texas, Phoenix, Colorado and Massachusetts and beyond, Jack sought out some of America’s best coaches and teams to train with. He dedicated his life to preparing for greatness.

On behalf of all USA Judo Coaches, we extend our deepest condolences to Jack’s family, his friends and all of his coaches, both previous and current.

As Coaches, it is important to tell our athletes that while it is noble to strive for greatness in one thing, it is imperative that they understand that opportunity and options are nearly limitless. And above all things, they are loved.

On Sunday, September 29th, 2019, a wake for Jack Hatton was held at the Keefe Funeral Home – Arlington, MA. A reception followed to share memories at Common Grounds in Arlington.

Celebration of Life/Fundraiser for Jerry Wee

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, Gerald Wee, devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and brother passed away surrounded by his family.

Jerry Wee

Jerry was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 3, 1951. He graduated from Cass Tech High School and went on the Wayne State University.

Jerry started judo at the age of 14 in 1964. He was a member of the Detroit Judo Club and trained under the late John Osako. Jerry quickly became dedicated to the sport. First as a competitor, then a referee, instructor and coach. He was promoted to 7th dan in 2018. Jerry truly loved the sport of judo and this showed. It was not uncommon for him to let players sleep at his home, for him to drive them to events and sometimes even pay for their meals. He was the head instructor of Wee Dojo and developed countless students. He was a lifetime servant to the sport of judo. He was the last one off the mat and the first one to grab a mop. Sometimes he would mop his students in to a section of the mat. They would ask that he stop, but he was determined to mop the mats. We will forever smile when we remember this. He dedicated 54 years to the sport of judo and is considered to be a true “ichiban.”

On April 5, 1975 Jerry married the love of his life, Reta Comer Wee. They met in the sport of judo when Reta was 15 and Jerry was 18. It was a true love story. They spent 44 wonderful years together.

In 2017 Jerry suffered an aortic aneurysm. At the same time, he had to have a double bypass. During the recovery from these events it was discovered that Jerry had a rare form of aggressive stomach cancer and his stomach had to be removed. Following the stomach removal Jerry went through 8 rounds of chemo. He was on tube feeding for over a year. Jerry fought and beat the odds so many times that it was shocking when Jerry died from complications of emergency surgery.

Jerry was forced to take time away from the sport he loved, judo, but every opportunity that he had you could find him on the mats or at a tournament. He loved sharing the sport of judo, sharing his grandchildren and visiting the local restaurants. With every tournament there was a predetermined restaurant he would visit with his family and friends. This became a joke amongst judo friends.

Jerry was the type of man who would visit you at work or at home and bring you special treats and gifts. Jerry was a great man, a caring family man who was committed to his family and the ones he loved. He was a humble man with an infectious smile. He was known for being a great story teller, a joker and a family man. When someone needed something, he was the first one there. If you called in the middle of the night and needed help, he would be there. Any time there was a judo tournament he would take people in, take them to the tournament (in the US or otherwise) and feed them. He’s housed people from multiple countries and never hesitated to help.

He fought many health battles over the past few years that left him unable to work and drained all savings and retirement which went to pay for countless medical bills. This was an unforeseen catastrophic cascading event that could not have been planned for. Jerry spent 45 years in the insurance business, this could not have prepared him for the events that emerged. Most people would not have survived what Jerry went through, but he did this with his warrior spirit and smile. This Celebration of Life/Fundraiser is being put together in an effort to help his widow pay for the massive amount of medical bills that have been accruing as a result of the continual medical treatment he received. Jerry was a practical person that would give you his $5 and leave $0.25 to himself. He thought of others and always wanted to help. He paid it forward and we hope that he will receive the same in return. Wee Judo shirts are still available. Please email if you would like a shirt.

For those of you who have supported us through these difficult times, we THANK YOU. It warms our hearts to hear the wonderful stories and pictures you have to share. We want to remember his legacy, all of the good times that we had, and they will be cherished forever.

Date: 8/10/19
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sons of AmVets Post 93
75185 North Ave.
Armada, MI 48005

Death of Nobuo Hayashi, 5 December 2018

Nobuo Hayashi founder of Shinnanbu Yudanshakai and President for over 45 years. Born 4/11/1933 in Japan moved to US in early 1960s. Retired professor from Tulane University.

He is survived by wife Janice and three children: Mark, Amy and Keiku…and grandchildren. Beloved Sensei and Judo instructor has gone to be with the Lord on 12/5/2018 around 3am.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 8 at 4pm at
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
Metairie, Louisiana

Rest in Peace Sensei.
Loved and never forgotten.

George Funakoshi – 1935 – 2018

Jim Marshman writes:

George Hiromi Funakoshi, age 83, previously of Upper Arlington, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018. George was born in Kailua, Hawaii and grew up in Japan, son of the late Shomasa and Kimi Funakoshi. Also preceded in death by his former wife Patricia Funakoshi, son Eric Funakoshi, and sisters Beatrice Noethlich and Eleanor Smith. George graduated from Hiroshima University where he studied engineering. While there he won a design competition for the first steel bridge built in Hiroshima after WWII. It still stands today. Throughout his career, George was Head of Cardio Perfusion at both OSU Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. In addition, George was on the team who designed and built the first heart and lung machine. He was the head Judo coach at OSU for almost 20 years where he coached champions. He was also a past president of Ohio/Kentucky Judo Yudanshakai before they dissolved the yudanshakai. He became a life member of the USJF on November 5, 1964. George was intelligent, athletic, funny, and made friends wherever he went. He enjoyed running, gardening, and loved to drink beer. He will be greatly missed by his loving daughters, Kimi Marie and Amanda Funakoshi; brother, Thomas Seiji Funakoshi; and other extended family members and dear friends. Family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205. To share memories or condolences, please visit