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JONATHAN KRUGER - Fr. Jude McKenna

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Fr. Jude McKenna

During my time learning Jujitsu from my father I was introduced to International tournament Judo by Fr Jude McKenna in 1989, from Ireland who is a Franciscan Catholic priest working in Zambia. Fr Jude McKenna 7th Dan (Father of Zambian Judo) is my spiritual guide.

Father Jude has trained over 500 judokas in Zambia since 1971, he also built the biggest martial dojo in Southern and Central Africa called Central Sports club in Lusaka. Father Jude is a Cappuchin Franciscan father from Ireland and has served the order for more than 50 years. Before he became a priest he was Irish light heavy weight champion of Europe in 1957, he also Assistant Technical Director of the Commonwealth Judo association. He is one of the best instructors of judo and has helped me reach the 1995 world judo championships in Japan. He has always kept me humble through using some of his terrible judo strangles.

Before Fr Jude became a priest he was European light heavy weight boxing champion in 1959. He was staged to fight up coming boxing world champion Mohammed Ali, but became a Catholic priest instead and was sent to work in Zambia in 1966. He started judo with some of the first Japanese Judo volunteers in 1970. Well known Japanese Judo coach Bunji Matsushita was his first Judo coach. He was staged to fight World and Olympic Judo champion Toshiro Daigo in his Livingstone city dojo in 1976. Unfortunately Toshiro Daigo was unwell that day to fight because of drinking the local water. Fr Jude always says he was saved twice by the lord in his life from two world champion fighters, First against world boxing champion Mohammed Ali by becoming a priest and then against World and Olympic Judo champion Toshiro Daigo who could not fight because of drinking bad water.

 

 

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