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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John Kruger

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 Terrace Donovan later on, who traveled around Africa challenging all the Judo clubs in Southern and Central. He was very famous for his Two Armed Shoulder Throw- Morote Seoinage. Sensei John Kruger 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 was a very big man and much bigger than my father. It was done at a pubic hall and the local Northern Rhodesian newspaper and reporters were there to see who would win. 

John Kruger later remarked that he had to use every skill he knew to keep alive in the fight. He managed to strike and throw Fred Coates around the ring. Fred kept trying to grab John in a wrestling hold to tap out. Eventually the match was a win for Judo. 

The following day Fred Coates came to the Kodokwan Dojo and joined the Judo club. He wanted to learn some judo throws to improve his wrestling skills. John Kruger Sensei 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.

 

 

 

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