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JONATHAN KRUGER

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Jonathan in Japan

In 1991 I was able to live in Osaka Japan for 7 years working there as a Christian missionary. I worked among the Japanese youth in high schools and universities in Osaka and Kyoto. I ministered to the Japanese biker gangs called the Bosozoku and with the local Yakuza mafia members who would meet at the Japanese bath houses called Sento and Onsen. Some Japanese Mafia became strong Christians through our work with them. I was a Bible smuggler into main land China in the early 1990s. I managed to smuggle 440 Chinese Bibles into Shanghai to the Chinese underground churches and Chinese ministers. This was quite dangerous at the times due the restrictions of Bibles brought into the Communist country. I also worked with the Boat People escaping from Vietnam in the 1990s arriving by boat to Hong Kong and put into internment camps. Many Vietnamese were open to the Word of God in these camps.

During missionary work in Osaka Japan I was able to continue my Judo and Jujitsu training. I trained at the Kongo Kyo High school Judo club in Kanmaki, Takatsuki city, and the Takatsuki Shi Shimin Taikukan Judo Club. It was during this time I won the 1993 Ibaraki and Takatsuki cities inter High School judo championship or Northern Osaka, Soon after that I received my 1st Dan black belt in Judo from Hashimoto Sensei who was high school coach to Kongo Kyo High School Judo club. Hashimoto Sensei 6th Dan Judo was one of instructors to have trained at the famous Tenri Kyo university Judo club in Tenri City. Hashimoto Sensei taught me the importance of doing thousands of Uchikomi and NageKomi to perfect a Tokui nage waza.

Later on in Tondabayashi city I was able to train under Toshinori Arao Sensei 5th Dan. He taught me Tomiki Aikido and Aiki Jujitsu. Toshinori Sensei was a tremendous instructor who could throw any one just with his hands using tremendous Tai Sabaki. Arao Sensei was one of the instructors to teach Aikido to the famous Hollywood martial arts action star Steven Seagal at the Tennoji Aikikan, in down town Tennoji city in Osaka. In 1994 at the Zone 6 Southern and Central African Judo championships, I won a Silver and Bronze Medals in the heavy weight and Open weight category. Six African nations take part in this annual Judo event.

 

 

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