Brian Kagen pick: “First non Japanese to achieve Kodokan Judo BB”

From The Judo Forum: “On 3 Apr 1913, in an interview published in Japan Times, Kano said: ‘”Who was the first foreigner to study judo at my gymnasium in Tokyo? Well, so far as I can recollect now, I think the late Mr. [F.W.] Eastlake — professor of English, you know — was the first foreigner who asked me to teach him judo. It was I think, in 1885. Then a retired British Major, named Hughes, came to study at my gymnasium. As for their work, they studied the principles rather than the practical side of the art.'”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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