Roy H. Moore

Jerry Hays wrote

Roy H. Moore, Jr., age 96, passed away on 2 January 2018. He was born on 29 June 1921

He started judo under his dad, Roy H. (Pop) Moore in the late 1920s. His first dojo was Moneta (later Gardena Judo Dojo). In 1937, on a joint judo and wrestling trip from Southern California to Japan, he earned the rank of Shodan. During his youth, he had the pleasure of working out in judo with Dr. Kano and Mifune Sensei.

During, WWII, he was stationed as a welder for the US Navy at a repair base in the South Pacific.

His foster brother was Mel Bruno, who was responsible for starting judo in the US Air Force in the 1950s. His father, Roy H. (Pop) Moore, was the 1932 Olympic Wrestling Coach for Japan. During WWII, Mel and Pop taught judo and self-defense to US Navy Seabee at Camp Parks, California.

After the war, Roy settled in the Fresno area of California and continued his training with Professor Toshitaka Yamauchi. In 1959, he moved to the San Diego area and began teaching judo at the Naval Training Center in San Diego. He held that position until 1984, when he retired from his normal job as a welder. During the next several years, he and his wife, Kay, traveled all over the US. During the winter months when he was in San Diego, he was involved in judo activities.

He was a coach of the US Navy Judo Team during the 1950s and 1960s for the Interservice competition. In the latter years of his life, health permitting, he would go to shiais in the Los Angeles area.

His personal desire was that there be no memorial service.

Life Celebration Of Timothy “Grey Wolf” Shepherd

Dear Friends and fellow Judokas

Whether you know Sensei Eiko Shepherd personally or not, all of you have been influence by her teachings of kata and judo over the years. So many people have been taught by her and they teach you. That is the Judo way.

Recently her son, Timothy was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Her granddaughter was seriously injured. The family is dealing with this as best as possible but of course it is always hard. After talking to her earlier in the evening, she mentioned that a scholarship fund is being set up for his daughter, who is only 11 years old and is not dealing with this tragedy very well, as might be expected.

In her time of need and tragedy, you may want to attend this celebration of life or send a card of condolence. Thank you.

Continue reading “Life Celebration Of Timothy “Grey Wolf” Shepherd”

George Tsubota Sensei

I received an email from Sensei George Tsubota’s family regarding funeral services.

A private service will be held in Hawaii on October 14th, 2017. Anyone who wishes to extend condolences may do so at:

The Tsubota Family
45-144 Awele Place
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

Eiko Shepherd
USJF Kata Committee Chair

Martin Grisanti

Martin Grisanti, one of the founders of the Kin-Tora Judo Club in Buffalo, New York passed away on 26 September.

Grisanti Sensei was 63 and an active PJC Confederate licensed referee.

We will publish more information about services for Marty as we receive it.

William Gugino via Robert Fukuda

Haruo Imamura Sensei’s services and obituary

Here is the information for Haruo Imamura Sensei’s services.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:00 – 17:00

Lisle Funeral Home
1605 L Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 15:00

Funeral Service
Fresno Dharma Center
2660 E Alluvial Avenue
Fresno, CA 93720

from Fresno judo legend Haruo Imamura dies By Rory Appleton

Haruo Imamura spent nearly 60 years as the unquestioned leader of the local judo scene – first as a national champion for Fresno City College in 1960, then as an instructor who brought self-discipline to thousands of children and adults in the central San Joaquin Valley. He passed his lessons on to his four sons who have continued his legacy, and his granddaughter – herself a national champion for Fresno State and a 2020 Olympic hopeful.

Mr. Imamura died Tuesday morning after battling colon cancer since January. He was 84.

In January, The Bee profiled Mr. Imamura and his family, which runs the Fresno Judo Club.

Mr. Imamura, a native of Tenri in Japan’s Nara Prefecture, first visited Fresno in the 1950s during a tour with his judo club. After easily defeating his American competition, he decided to move to Fresno in 1958 to attend Fresno City College.

In 1960, Mr. Imamura brought a national championship to the college at a time when there were no weight classes in judo competition, meaning the slightly built Japanese man often beat competitors much larger than he was. He likely would have been a shoo-in for the Olympics, but judo was not added to the games until four years later.

Mr. Imamura met his wife, Sumiko, who had sought him out after seeing his picture in The Bee shortly after his national championship. The couple married in 1961 and lived their entire lives in Fresno. Mrs. Imamura passed away in 2009.

The couple had four sons, Robert, Richard, Rodney and Randy – all of whom Mr. Imamura would train as children. He took over the Fresno Judo Club in the 1970s, turning it into the only facility that offered the rigorous training necessary for international competition. Three of his sons would win collegiate championships, and Rodney served an an alternate on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team.

Mr. Imamura’s granddaughter, Miranda, brought a collegiate championship to Fresno State as the school’s only competitor in 2016. Last month, she competed in the collegiate world championships in Taipei, Taiwan, winning one match before being eliminated in the round of 16.

In January, Mr. Imamura told The Bee he hoped to live long enough to see Miranda compete for a spot in the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in his native Japan.

In addition to the high-level training, the Imamura family has trained thousands of children and adults more interested in martial arts, self-defense, fitness or self-discipline than in competition. They have kept the sport alive in Fresno – once a vibrant area for judo – as popularity shifted to sports like basketball and football.

He was elected to the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Mr. Imamura’s judo prowess was recognized across the world. He was one of only two ninth-degree black belts living in the United States.

submitted by Robert Fukuda and Jerry Hays

George Tsubota Sensei

We are extremely saddened to inform you that George Tsubota Sensei passed away on the 17th September.

Tsubota Sensei was the head instructor at Hodokan Judo Club in Honolulu, Hawaiil and one of the pillars of 50th State Judo Association. Tsubota Sensei was very dedicated and devoted to learning and teaching Judo. He became especially interested in kata.

Tsubota Sensei

As a member of the USJF Kata Development & Certification Subcommittee, he worked very hard to promote Judo and also popularize the study and performance of kata in Hawaii.

We will all greatly miss Tsubota Sensei.

We will forward more information as we receive it.

The Kata Committee and Eiko Shepherd Sensei

Haruo Imamura Sensei

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Haruo Imamura Sensei passed away at 00:30 this morning due to his illness.

Imamura Sensei

Imamura Sensei was the Team Captain of the Inaugural Judo Team at Tenri University. After moving to Fresno, California, Imamura Sensei was the Head Instructor and Coach at the Fresno Judo Club and also the Judo Program at Fresno State University. He also founded San Joaquin Judo Yudanshakai.

Imamura Sensei will be greatly missed by all.

We will forward more information as we receive it.

Robert Fukuda

Marty Grisanti

The Service for Marty Grisanti is going to be on Saturday from 1:00-3:00 with a memorial immediately after. It will be at Bible Fellowship on Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

Janet Johnson