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Jennifer Badertscher
Interview with: Jerry Hays – USJF Archivist

Jerry Hays

        Jerry Hays walked into the Phoenix, Arizona Boys Club as a (nearly) 14 year-old boy, beginning a judo career that extended for decades, throughout his career in the U.S. Navy, followed by an additional 15 years as a civilian working for the Navy, training, competing, teaching, and establishing clubs on 5 different ships, including a stint at famed Watanabe’s dojo in Yokosuka, Japan.

       Best known as American judo’s archivist, he began the work of collecting American judo’s written and photographic history, amassing a collection of over 250,000 documents from the United States, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom during his 14-year tenure as chair of the USJF’s Historical Committee.

USJF Archivist, Jerry Hays will be our Webinar guest on Sunday, March 27th, at 1PM Pacific (4PM Eastern). You can register in advance for this webinar: