JUDO was brought to BC by Shigetake "Steve" Sasaki in 1924 when he opened the VANCOUVER Judo Club, the first in Canada, 2 years after immigrating from Japan. In the 1930s Sasaki taught judo to the RCMP and in 1936 he joined the founder of the martial art on a European outreach tour. During WWII Sasaki was interned (see JAPANESE, RELOCATION OF) but in the internment camps he continued to teach judo. Settling in ASHCROFT after the war he started the Canadian Kodokan Black Belt Assoc, the...

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