Judoka: Judo Documentary, Doug Rogers

Douglas “Doug” Rogers (born January 26, 1941 in Truro, Nova Scotia) is a former Canadian Olympic competitor in judo. He is an honoured member in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. His best results were a silver medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and gold medals at two Pan American Games, in 1965 and 1967. He was a student of Masahiko Kimura.

Doug Rogers arrived in Japan in 1960 at the age of 19 with the specific intention of working on his judo. As a youth he had won the Ontario Minor Hockey Championships, where he finished the tournament’s the highest-scoring defenceman (Personal Interview). At age 15 he had joined the judo club at the Montreal YMCA. It was not long before his sensei there told him there was nothing left for him to teach and directed him over to Fred Okimura’s Montreal Seidokan dojo. He continued practicing while in high school, winning the Eastern Canadabrown belt title in 1958. The following year he won the black belt title. Although Rogers was accepted by McGill University, having been accepted to the Kodokan, Rogers boarded a plane for Japan in 1960.

The following documentaries give great insight to the culture of training developed in the 1950s that we still largely follow in Karate



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