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Angelo Sanna    Sanna.jpg (22049 bytes)

Angelo is a past Instructor at the Budokwai and also has been involved in both Judo and Karate at the club. A.G. Sanna has achieved the rank of Godan J.K.A. -K.U.G.B. and now teaches at the City of London School (Seishin); Colombo Street Sports Centre 34/68 Colombo Street, Blackfriars (Fukuoka); Chelsea Sports Centre, Chelsea Manor Street (Sasori) where Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta teaches on regular basis Tuesday and Thursday; and Harbour Club. Sensei Sanna trains under Professor K. Enoeda and Y.Ohta Sensei at their Marshall Street Dojo. He is involved in National Championships as a referee and is an assessor of the Karate Union of Great Britain. You can contact Sensei Sanna on: 0171 370 00 43 (home)  0410 066 416 (mobile phone) sensei@sasori.co.uk (E-mail) For up to date details please also see his own website at www.sasori.org

Margot Sathaye          

Margot Sathaye is pictured here on the front cover of her book 'Judo for Women' which was published in 1964 when Margot was already a third Dan. Margot spent many years training and living in Japan where she attained the highest grade achieved by a non Japanese

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Margot was a Kodokan 7th Dan and the first non-Japanese woman to be made a Kodokan instructor.

Margot Sathaye - Obituary  - by Alan Menzies

Margot Sathaye , who died recently at 58 years of age , was a very special type of English woman who throughout her lifetime pursued excellence in the esoteric arts of Budo. One of her many achievements was being awarded a 7th Dan certificate in Judo by the Kodokan in Japan, which made her the highest graded non Japanese woman in the world. The certificate included the attachment of 'Master' in recognition of her many years spent in Japan studying and teaching Judo and teaching the subject in many parts of the world.

Margot started Judo as a small girl of 13 at the Croydon and District Judo Society when Judo in the UK ,outside of London ,was in its infancy and there were few facilities for teaching boys and even less for teaching girls. She proved to be an apt pupil and rapidly progressed through the grades until she reached her first Dan at 16 the youngest lady Black Belt of her day , which at the time ,she confided in me, was really just the beginning, and so it turned out. She studied at the world famous Budokwai in London under many of the leading teachers of the day until her decision to go to Japan where the sport originated

When Margot reached Japan she was one of a very few foreign women to study at the Kodokan As a young keen student she rapidly rose through the ranks eventually being awarded the singular honour 'Master' . She assisted in the coaching and training of the Japanese women's team as well as travelling widely to teach and train not only women but men as well. Her expertise in many aspects of Judo attracted not only Japanese women but many top class male players to the dojo where she trained and taught .

Margot attended Ashburton School in Croydon and achieved great success in athletics and hockey. She captained the school hockey team, threw the javelin for Surrey Schools and was the Sports Captain of the School . Had she chosen any other activity she would surely have been just as successful. Her career in Judo began before the advent of women's national and international competition and therefore she did not have the opportunity to acquire the the accolades that later British women obtained.

She spent over 21 years in Japan with many visits to other parts of the world teaching Judo, which she believed offered women a unique opportunity to find a level of excellence in a sport on a par with that enjoyed by men. Her teaching career included Benenden School , where she coached the girls often watched by Princess Anne who was at the school at the time. She was an official coach to London Schools and in recent years taught in Sweden and America.

Alan. R.Menzies


SEKINE  see archives

Yasuji Percy Sekine married Koizumi's daughter Hanna and has run his own dojo in Hammersmith - the Judokan for many years.   He started at the Budokwai in 1935 at the age of 15 years and reached his 80th Birthday on 20th february 2000.

SMITH  see archives for Robert Longmuir Smith and  Enid Russell - Smith

Ralph Smith

Founder of the Chichester Judo club 30 years ago and previously Budokwai member - joining the Budokwai 50 years ago when it was in Victoria. Ralph is now 82 (May 2000) but still attends the odd Budokwai dinner.

Robert W. Smith 

Author of Martial Musings - living in USA and worked as intelligence officer to the CIA. Now retired. Was involved with Budokwai in 40s and wrote for Budokwai Bulletin. Website at www.goviamedia.com.  Judo instructor for 50 years - retired 3rd Dan.

STEPTO  see archives  


Grett Stott

Early female judoka who held the national title for several years in the early sixties and taught judo in 1963 at Melvin Road School, Penge, Kent. 


Ray Stevens

Olympic silver medallist.

Tony Sweeney

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 Tony is pictured here on his Seoinage book which was part of the The two faces of judo series


Anne Swinton     swinton.jpg (15748 bytes)

Practiced at the club in 70s - a Bonsai expert - now farming in the West country.



Alexander Talbot Rice

Budokwai member trained by father (pupil of Koizumi) and Percy Sekine. Captain of Judo at prep school public school and Durham University. Accomplished artist who has taught fine art in Florence Academy with commissions in UK and Italy.


Arthur Tansley        arthurfuji.jpg (45194 bytes)

Arthur Tansley was born in Leicester Jan 28th 1929. After national service he joined Harry Ewin's Leicester Jujitsu Club and later became an instructor and committee member. After a course at Bisham Abbey taught by Percy Sekine, he founded the Leicester Judokwai. and later the Mount Isa Judo Club in north west Queensland. He was a semi finalist in the Goldberg-Vass tournament and represented the Midlands area in Cardiff. Obtained 1st dan at the Budokwai the same time as Tony Sweeney. Practiced for 25 years or so at the Kodokan obtaining his 4th dan through competition. He was runner up to Tony Orton in the over 40s Kodokan “Gaigin” championships. His martial arts photographs have been published in over 33 magazines, newspapers, and books in at least 14 countries. He has lived in Tokyo for the past 31 years. Now he enjoys the internet and his two personal home pages.





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Frank Ward

Honorary member of the Budokwai for 44 years. Principally engaged in the Budokwai Bulletin, the Albert Hall annual show and as occasional team manager 


Paul Warren

Paul Warren, 5th Dan (contest) placed in Commonwealth Games and 2 Sambo World Championships, medallist in various national/international Judo and Sambo competitions   Judo coach to London University 1980-92. During his period as coach London won 10 out of 12 national university championships. He has coached people from club standard to world student games. Profession:  University Administrator


David Waterhouse

I have been a member of the Rendokan, in Hamilton, Ontario, for about ten years. I try to train twice weekly, but am not always successful. My current grade is 3rd dan (Judo Canada & Kodokan). I also teach a judo course at the University of Toronto (where I am a Professor of East Asian Studies).

 I started judo in 1956 as an undergraduate at Cambridge; and have done it off and on ever since. When I was living in London (1961-64) I trained at the Renshuden, rather than the Budokwai. After coming to Canada in 1966 I trained at the Sheridan College judo club in Oakville for a number of years, before transferring to the Rendokan. I have also been involved for the past ten years with the joint Oxford and Cambridge University Judo Club: I accompanied their 1990 tour to Japan, and shall be with them in Tokyo again this year. I am currently preparing two books on the history of judo: one a history and analysis of judo techniques, and the other a more general cultural history.


Densign White   densignwhite.jpg (6838 bytes)

Densign has trained at the Budokwai but is not a club member.

Marion Woodard

Marion is a long standing member of the club and is 5th Dan Judo      IJF/A Referee    Senior Examiner   2nd Dan Aikido



Doug Young   youngnewman.jpg (175656 bytes)

A Budokwai competitor in fifties. Captain of team which won European championships.

Yasuhiro Yamashita

Yasuhiro Yamashita  a heavyweight judo player who taught at the Budokwai for a short time after retiring from competitive Judo. He is described by some as the greatest player of all time having an unblemished record of international victories spanning the years from 1977 to 1984. In 1984 he capped his international career with the medal that was his greatest goal in life. He was too young to compete in 1976 and Japan boycotted the Games in 1980. The 1984 Olympics was to be his moment of greatness. In his second match he tore a muscle in his right calf which caused him great pain, so much so that he had to walk with a limp. In the final, he met the Egyp­dan, Mohamed Ali Rashwan, a 28-year old building contractor, who had won all his earlier matches with ippon. Soon after their match began Yamashita took Rashwan to the ground with an uki-otoshi counter after Rashwan attempted an osoto-gari , and held him down with yoko-shiho-gatame for a quick victory. Yamashita had a tightly-developed judo style. His main techniques were osoto-gari often exexuted with a hooking entry; a very strong ouchi-gari which he fre­quently combined with a hopping uchimata. From his classical left-hand stance he also used a variety of ashiwaza and counters. His ground work was equally lethal. Few opponents escaped once Yamashita got on to their backs—generally succumbing either to a strangle or a hold. It was by being equally powerful in tachi-waza and newaza that Yamashita remained unbeaten for nine remarkable years


YOUNG  see archives



Alan Zipeure

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Alan Zipeure still practices Judo. In 1982 he was pictured in the local paper after having won the veteran's championship bronze medal and was the oldest competitor. Then he was 67 years old. He practiced twice a week and is still active 17 years later!

ZIPEURE - also see archives

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