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Isamu Shishido

Isamu Shishido

Inducted 1994

In 1976, he and two other local residents — Genkichi Okazaki and Kizo Suzuki — were honored by the emperor of Japan for their contributions toward promoting Japanese martial arts in Hawai’i. Each was awarded a kun rokuto zunihosho (sixth class order of sacred treasure) medal.

His association with the Shunyo Kan Judo Club dates back to 1919 or one year after he came to Hawai’i from Fukushima, Japan, at age 16.

source: Honolulu Advertiser

In 2002 the fiftieth anniversary was celebrated with a book of USJF history. In it were a number of biographies. including this:


Hawaii State Judo Association

Date of Birth: February 21, 1902

Place of Birth: Fukushima-Ken Date Gun Kakeda Machi

Came to Hawaii on June 24, 1918

Became a naturalized citizen of U.S.A.

1918 Entered Shunyu Kan

1921 Became Assistant Instructor for Shunyo Kan Branches in Waianae, and Kalihi Higashi Hongwangi Young Men’s Judo Club

1927 Appointed Chief Instructor for Shynyo Kan

1932 Helped form the Hawaii Judo Yudanshakai (Judo Black Belt Association of Hawaii), Appointed to the Board of Review

1947 After the Second World War, became once again Chief Instructor for Shunyo Kan

1957 Became President of Hawaii Judo Yudanshakai

1963 Became Chairman of the Board of dirctors for Hawaii Judo Yudanshakai

1968 On June 17, received Certificate of Merit from foreign Minister of Japan, Miki

1976 Received from the Emperor of Japn, Medal Kun RokuLO Zui Hosho, 61h Order of the Rising Sun

1986 Promoted to 8-Dan. (Kodokan and USJF)

1994 April 5 Inducted into the USJF Hall Of Fame for his outstanding dedication and unselfish contributions to perpetuate Kokokan Judo in Hawaii and the U.S.A.

Isamu Shishido