I met Jerry Pasmore in The Kodokan run by Sabastian Hawkins in South Africa after landing here from Holland in 1949. There were 2 groups doing judo in those days In the Robinsons and the Kadokan who did not see eye to eye. We were not allowed to fight each other and judo was chaos.
We decided that it was time to form a controlling body witch we did n.l The South African Amateur Judo Ass. There was also a 3rd association ran by Jack de Villiers called SANAJA the South African National Amateur Judo Association. Fighting took place in the newspapers but not on the mat. Each association held its own championships, so there were always 2 national champions in each weight division. Each association had its own Springboks. This situation went on for a couple of years until the department of sport forced us to form one controlling body which after many fights was formed n.l Judo SA. Jerry Pasmore became our first president followed by Gordon Smith, Simon Botha, Jan Olivier, Tom Kneen, Kokkie Uys etc. Since the beginning I was appointed as director of referees, a position I held until I handed it over to my son Carlo and now my other son Oscar has taken over this position he still holds today.
I took many teams overseas and enjoyed it tremendously. Attended many courses all over the world. I had many Sensei’s among them Professors Simusu,10th dan in Japan Prof Mifuni, Han No San, Vetter in Germany. In 1983 I took a team from kano Institute which I nver will forget. I took 23 Judoka on a European tour which included Coen van Tonder, Oscar Knoester, Brigitte Hupkes, Dirkie Snyman ,Natash Meisler. We took off from Jan Smuts for England where we were met by their National Coach Cliff Baker Brown. We beat there junior boys and senior ladies teams, from there we went on to Holland to meet Peter Snyder’s Club Ran by Louky Biesbruck a 5th Dan, we beat the dutchies 14-0. We went on to Belgium and Germany. To cut this story short, we came home undefeated. These 4 weeks were an eye-opener to our Judokas and the tour proved so successful that afterwards 7 got their Springbok colors nl Brigitta Hupkins, Lourette Theron, Natasha Meisler, Johan Strydom, Charlie Pretorius, Oscar Knoester, Coen van Tonder.
I wish Pippa success with her undertaking to further judo in South Africa.
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