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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Joe Grant Grierson

Jonathan Kruger: "The late Shihan Joe Grant Grierson 10th Dan in Kodokwan jujitsu and the head of The Kodokwan in Africa. Shihan Joe Grant Grierson first started learning jujitsu in 1943 in Cape Town under Grand master Dr. Henry Johnston who learnt Kodokwan Jujitsu from Seshi Teppei in Hongkong in 1928. Shihan Joe Grant Grierson was the greatest Jujitska that I have ever met. Even when he was 79 years old I could do nothing to him I always ended up on the ground. This was the generation of the first European jujitsu masters who had studied under the Japanese. We can only try and continue what they started."

"Shihan once told me a story about when Sensei Danny McCrea (4th Dan Jujitsu) and himself visited a Japanese merchant ship docked at the port in Cape town. They were unable to communicate in Japanese but they showed their jujitsu grading certificate to the Japanese captain. The captain then said he had a very strong judoka from the Kodokan on board who was working as a sailor. This Japanese was the biggest man they had ever seen and he challenge both Joe and Danny to a fight in Judo. First Danny went and was thrown so hard he was nearly knocked out. Then the next round was against Shihan Joe himself. The Japanese picked up Joe with a powerful seoinage (shoulder throw) and while he was up in the air Shihan Joe wrapped himself around the Japanese body and ended up throwing the Japanese for a full ippon on the ship deck. Note they did not use any tatami mats. So, the Japanese hit the deck with such force that he layed there for a few moments and then slowly got up and bowed to Shihan Joe Grant Grierson and then told him that he wanted to grade Shihan Joe up to 2nd Dan in Kodokan Judo. This event happened in 1949 when the Japanese merchant ships first started visiting Africa after World war II."

"I loved every moment training with him, even the pain, it was once in a life time to train with such a great Master of Jujitsu as Kancho Joe."

Japie Cilliers: Kancho was by far the best CQC instructor that includes the past and present in our country, if not the world.

After Kancho Joe Grant Grierson returned to South Africa in 1964 Sensei John Kruger took over the running of the Kodokwan dojo in Zambia. Kancho Joe Grant Grierson 10th Dan Jujitsu, later became one of the most famous martial artists in promoting Jujitsu in Southern and Central African. He passed away in 2007 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sensei John Kruger carried on teaching at the Kodokwan dojo from 1964 until he passed away in 2011. His son Jonathan Kruger already had taken over the running and coaching of the Kodokwan Judo Jujitsu Club of Zambia in 1998.

 

 

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