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#1 User is offline   Ronald41sensei 

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:02 PM

Hiroshi Nakamura and Raymond Damblant promoted to Kudan by Judo Canada

During the 2012 Kagami Biraki celebration in Quebec, two of the most prominent judoka in the history of judo in Canada, were promoted to ninth degree black belts (Kudan).
Mr. Raymond Damblant is involved in judo for over 60 years and still serves as the technical director of the Hakudokan Judo Club in Montreal – one of the most successful judo programs in Canada.
Mr. Hiroshi Nakamura involved in judo for over 50 years is a head coach of Shidokan Judo Club - today the largest and most successful competitive program in Canada and a host to the National Training Centre.

During the same ceremony, Mr. Serge A. Piquette – former President of Judo Canada, was inducted to the Judo Canada Hall of Fame in the builders category.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

View PostRonald41sensei, on 07 February 2012 - 11:02 AM, said:

Hiroshi Nakamura and Raymond Damblant promoted to Kudan by Judo Canada

During the 2012 Kagami Biraki celebration in Quebec, two of the most prominent judoka in the history of judo in Canada, were promoted to ninth degree black belts (Kudan).
Mr. Raymond Damblant is involved in judo for over 60 years and still serves as the technical director of the Hakudokan Judo Club in Montreal – one of the most successful judo programs in Canada.
Mr. Hiroshi Nakamura involved in judo for over 50 years is a head coach of Shidokan Judo Club - today the largest and most successful competitive program in Canada and a host to the National Training Centre.

During the same ceremony, Mr. Serge A. Piquette – former President of Judo Canada, was inducted to the Judo Canada Hall of Fame in the builders category.



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From the left: Robert Arbour – the Chair of Grading Board for Quebec, Hiroshi Nakamura – Kudan, Raymond Damblant – Kudan, Vincent Grifo – the President of Judo Canada
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 08:26 PM

View Postjudo for the west, on 07 February 2012 - 07:49 PM, said:

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From the left: Robert Arbour – the Chair of Grading Board for Quebec, Hiroshi Nakamura – Kudan, Raymond Damblant – Kudan, Vincent Grifo – the President of Judo Canada


Thanks for the additional photo.
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 10:08 PM

I only know Hiroshi Nakamura, who has done so much for Canadian judo. I used to practise with him at the Kodokan; he was tough, with a devastating osotogari that knocked out quite a few opponents. Not an orthodox osoto - perhaps Sam could tell us more about it. He was always very affable on (in randori) and off the mat.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 10:42 PM

View PostTsurumaki, on 07 February 2012 - 10:08 PM, said:

I only know Hiroshi Nakamura, who has done so much for Canadian judo. I used to practise with him at the Kodokan; he was tough, with a devastating osotogari that knocked out quite a few opponents. Not an orthodox osoto - perhaps Sam could tell us more about it. He was always very affable on (in randori) and off the mat.

My late Sensei (Senda Sensei) also used to talk about Nakamura Sensei knocking out opponents. He described it as more like an O Soto Otoshi. No matter - I'm sure if you were on the receiving end, which technique it was didn't really matter! :big grin:

Both Nakamura and Damblant Sensei have given me advice and assistance over the years - they both have changed the face of Judo in Canada, and these promotions are well deserved. Congrats to both!
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 11:24 PM

View PostTsurumaki, on 07 February 2012 - 03:08 PM, said:

I only know Hiroshi Nakamura, who has done so much for Canadian judo. I used to practise with him at the Kodokan; he was tough, with a devastating osotogari that knocked out quite a few opponents. Not an orthodox osoto - perhaps Sam could tell us more about it. He was always very affable on (in randori) and off the mat.


While teaching at a Goshin Jutsu clinic a few years ago, Nakamura Sensei laughed at the current IJF referee standard for scoring Ippon.

He described how he and fellow young Judoka would compete at how hard they could throw each other. They measured success by how many of the coil springs in the subfloor of the Kodokan would react audibly.

I wonder if young Judoka still play that game at the Kodokan?

If anyone has any video of Nakamura Sensei doing Randori this would be a good time to post it.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:35 PM

Congratulations to all.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:26 AM

It is perhaps not surprising to see these two promoted together. Promoting one and not the other, would have left bad feelings in either the "French camp" or the "Japanese Camp". A few things have been written on this forum over the years on this issue. (It's a Quebec thing...)

M. Damblant is perhaps not so well known outside of Quebec as his high profile activities were many years ago, and it was Mr. Nakamura who got so much exposure as National team coach during Nicolas Gill's competition years. Nevertheless, he is an important sensei and organizer in his own right and is part of the France-Quebec connection that makes Judo at least twice as popular in Quebec as anywhere else in North America. He is the Technical Director of Hakudokan, one of the largest and most successful, clubs in Quebec. Hakudokan's registration numbers are frequently just behind those of Nakamura's Shidokan and both are responsible for countless blackbelt promotions. Hakudokan, any Montrealer will tell you, is just upstairs from Jukado in Saint-Laurent, right on 'the Main'. Mr. Damblant owns both. Easily half the Judogi in Quebec bear the Jukado logo. Jukado has been a good supporter of Quebec and Canadian Judo and is one of the few companies to provide regular corporate sponsorship to Canadian Judo activities.

What pleases me about this promotion, is how both gentlemen have been active in all aspects of Judo. Both have been very active in coaching and competion, but I have also seen both demonstrating such things as Koshiki no Kata and Itsutsu no Kata in prior years at the Kagami Biraki. In recent years Shidokan has been a Mecca for Kata training, gathering Judoka from all corners of the city for Wednesday training while Hakudokan has produced some very fine Kata competitors and regularly organizes both tournaments and technical clinics.

A great many of you from outside of Quebec and in particular Montreal might find it hard to get your head around two Kudan promotions from the same city. It's no accident and no mistake. In most North American clubs you'd be thrilled to have a Sandan as head instructor. At Hakudokan and Shidokan, Sandan are amongst the gabble, what with a surplus of Godan and Rokudan milling about. No I'm not kidding.

I suppose the only thing I'm left wondering, is what a certain Mas Takahashi thinks of all this. I'll have to take a short drive up to Ottawa one of these days and find out. ;wry)
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:20 PM

Most canadian judoka have crossed the path with these two great senseis, yet, very little of the contribution is known. I summarized hereto some of their accomplishment for all to enjoy.

The recent nomination of two of our senior judo sensei to the 9th Dan /kudan judo rank brings to the forefront the great impact that both MM Nakamura and Damblant produced on our Canadian Judo milieu. The members of the Canadian Kodokan Black Belt Association better known as Judo Canada have beneficiated from both the French and the Japanese judo cultures since its inception in 1959.

Raymond Damblant, a seasoned teacher from the French judo Federation and qualified Kodokan instructor, opened the Hakudokan dojo in Montreal in 1960 and presided over the creation and the launching of the Quebec Provincial judo association during the years 1966-71. While serving as technical director and senior member of the grading and referee committees, he formulated the improved criteria applicable to competitions and the grading syllabus which were later used by Judo Canada. As technical director for Judo Quebec and Judo Canada in the 1971-75 periods, he served as a senior member on the Pan American Judo Federation in several capacities. In his capacity as a technical director of the Hakudokan, he taught thousands of students and graduated more than 250 black belts. As a specialist in judo, Nihon Jujitsu, Aikibudo and Kobudo he maintained one of the most prosperous dojo in the Montreal area and in the Province. He founded the Jukado or martial arts stores and sponsored several Provincial and National events. As director of the Canadian Olympic (judo) missions, he participated in the organization, administration and management of several Olympics missions. M Raymond Damblant was granted special honors in the Halls of Fame of Judo Quebec, Judo Canada and the Pan American Judo Federation.Even today, he is always available to assist judoka from all the conners of the world.

M Hiroshi Nakamura, born in 1942, was a graduate in economy from the Cho University of Tokyo in 1965. As an ardent and worthy competitor on the Japanese judo circuit he quickly gained a reputation of a champion along the side of Isao Okano and joined the national team. He became an assistant instructor at the Kodokan in the mid 60s before setting foot in Canada in the late 1960s. Speaking Japanese, French and English he was quickly appreciated by the judo community. Apart from opening his Shidokan judo institute in Montreal, M Nakamura began a long coaching career within both Quebec and Canada and was instrumental in the making of several Olympic candidates and International Champions. He was the senior Canadian national coach and technical advisor for many years and served as principal coach for the Canadian teams from 1976-2004 Olympics. In 1992, the All Japan Judo Federation presented him a medal of recognition for his immense contribution towards the expansion of Judo in Canada. He was responsible to develop the technical packages for the National Coaching program and the National Grading syllabus.
Every so often, he returns to the Kodokan to perfect his continuous studies of judo philosophy and technique. Since 1998, he is the principal technical advisor to the National Training Centre in Montreal and the senior member on the Canadian Black Belt grading board. Over the years, he graciously delivered quality judo seminars and clinics across Canada and abroad. Qualified as an international referee and kata judge, M Nakamura has received numerous honors and decorations as a coach and trainer of champions. Several times a recipient of the Wittnauer prize of the National Coaching Association and a member of the Canadian and Quebec Halls of Fame, M Hiroshi Nakamura remains an extraordinary sensei always available to transmit his knowledge and savoir-faire to others.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:41 AM

View PostY-Chromosome, on 19 February 2012 - 07:26 PM, said:


I suppose the only thing I'm left wondering, is what a certain Mas Takahashi thinks of all this. I'll have to take a short drive up to Ottawa one of these days and find out. ;wry)


As a fairly recent return-ee to judo, it's become very apparent that I am embarrisingly out of the loop.

I was about to respond that Sensei Takahashi is in Vancouver, since I was sitting next to him during a coaching course last weekend (I had no clue who he was, as during a break in training I asked him when he had started judo. His answer was as fascinating as it was modest).
I googled his name tonight, and I just about choked on my dinner.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:08 PM

I also want to talk with Sensei Takahashi :)
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 01:31 AM

Congrats !
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:32 AM

I'm late to this thread, but many of you seem quite knowledgeable about Judo in Canada, so I am hoping that you can help me out. I have been working on a Wikipedia article about Judo in Canada during my spare time, inspired by Antoine Valois-Fortier's bronze-medal win in London. It's quite basic at the moment, but I would be able to improve it if you could direct me to publications where the information you provided here, and more, is available. It doesn't have to be a book—newsletters and things like that are fine—but Wikipedia will only allow editors to add verifiable information, so I'll need to be able to back things up if I'm going to add them to the article. I would also be happy to create articles about Hiroshi Nakamura and Raymond Damblant, as I already have for Masao Takahashi and others, if you can provide me with similar sources. And, of course, it would be great if some of you would help with editing these articles yourselves!
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:39 PM

The three currently living kudan in Canada are: Hiroshi Nakamura and Raymond Damblant both from Montreal and Yeiji Inouye sensei from Victoria Bc. All three have extensive experiences in national and international competitions as well as serving in different posts with International Judo organizations. We are quite proud of their accomplishments and their devotion. They are real Icons of Canadian judo.
As for you search for copies of the "Judoka" book, it is very difficult indeed to find copies of such. As the Takahashi family from Ottawa has participated actively in its realization, you may wish to contac June Takahashi san,( Mas Takahashi's wife)at the Takahashi dojo in Ottawa who may be in a position to help you out. A chapter summarizing the canadian judo history can also be found in the e book "Discovery of Judo" available at WWW.Scribd.com
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:11 PM

View PostRonald41sensei, on 20 August 2012 - 02:39 PM, said:

The three currently living kudan in Canada are: Hiroshi Nakamura and Raymond Damblant both from Montreal and Yeiji Inouye sensei from Victoria Bc. All three have extensive experiences in national and international competitions as well as serving in different posts with International Judo organizations. We are quite proud of their accomplishments and their devotion. They are real Icons of Canadian judo.
As for you search for copies of the "Judoka" book, it is very difficult indeed to find copies of such. As the Takahashi family from Ottawa has participated actively in its realization, you may wish to contac June Takahashi san,( Mas Takahashi's wife)at the Takahashi dojo in Ottawa who may be in a position to help you out. A chapter summarizing the canadian judo history can also be found in the e book "Discovery of Judo" available at WWW.Scribd.com


Thanks for your response, and for telling me about your book. If you are aware of detailed biographies of Nakamura, Damblant, and Inouye that are available online, I would appreciate the links. Everything on Wikipedia has to be 'verifiable', and the articles will eventually be deleted if I can't provide sources that other editors can read for verification. Similarly, in order for Wikipedia to accept an article about a person, you need to be able to demonstrate that the person is 'notable' by its standards. Nakamura won't be a problem because he's a former Olympic coach, but I'll need more than a high rank to create independent articles about the other two *ku-dan*. Relatedly, the article I created about June Takahashi has been nominated for deletion because some Wikipedia editors think that she is only noteworthy because of who her husband is. I disagree, but I've had difficulty finding online sources that explain her significance to Canadian Judo.

By the way, Judo Canada did say that they still have copies of Judoka in French, if anyone is interested. I think I am going to recommend to Judo Canada that they have the book digitized in both languages and made freely available on their website.

Edit: Judoka is now free to view and download on Google Books.

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