KODOKWAN JUDO & JU-JITSU CLUB OF ZAMBIA
KODOKWAN JUDO & JU-JITSU CLUB OF ZAMBIA
KODOKWAN JUDO & JU-JITSU CLUB OF ZAMBIA
KODOKWAN JUDO & JU-JITSU CLUB OF ZAMBIA
KODOKWAN JUDO & JU-JITSU CLUB OF ZAMBIA
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JONATHAN KRUGER

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My family first came to Africa from Berlin Germany in 1713 and moved up to Northern Rhodesia from South Africa in 1898. My grandfather was the first european to be born in Northern Rhodesia now Zambia in Livingstone in 1898. The 5th President of South Africa Paul Kruger was my great great grandfather. A man looked up to not because he was the President of South Africa but because of his strong faith in God and his love for Africa.

I first became interested in learning the martial arts in 1985 after watching the original Karate Kid movie,which was one of the top martial arts movies of the 1980s. I started taking Jujitsu lessons from my father on our front lawn at first with a friend of mine by the name of Michael Kanyemba who later became Zambian Judo champion.

My father Sensei John Kruger fought in and won the 1960 Eastern and Central African Judo championships, which included some Black Belts from the Budokwai in England living in Africa. He also fought the top Budokwai Judo representative Ticky Donavan later on and some Black belts from the South African Shahin Judo club. He was later challenged to an all out wrestling match by the Central African wrestling champion Fred Coates. Fred Coates wanted to prove that European Wrestling was much better than Judo or Jujitsu.

Fred Coates wore his famous leopard skin wrestling costume and my father wore one of the early judo suits short in the sleeves and trousers. My father knew that if Fred got hold of him that would be the end of his judo career. When the match started my father just waited for Fred Coates to move, luckily my father was able to throw him first with Harai-goshi (sweeping hip) and then Osotogari (major outer reaping) and then finally with Seoinage (shoulder throw). Fred Coates finally got up off the mat and congratulate my father and then the following day he showed up at the judo club asking to learn judo from my father.

 

 

My father John Kruger Sensei Kruger 6th Dan Kodokwan Jujitsu later continued taking part in events against boxing and Wrestling champions to promote Jujitsu and Judo in Zambia. He was always taking part in events with no fighting rules in the ring. Many of his opponents later joined the Kodokwan dojo as students.

In Memorium

The Late Shihan John David Kruger. 1931-2011. 6th Dan Kodokwan Jujitsu-2nd Dan Judo International Judo Federation. All Eastern and Central African Judo Champion in 1959. Second generation Kaiden Menkyo to the Kodokwan in Zambia. Practised at the Kodokwan from 1954 until his death in 2011.

 

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