When did you start practicing Judo?
What got you interested in doing
Judo in the first place?
High school Wrestling with Father
encouraging me to do Judo with him
Who was your first Sensei?
Sensei Ron Hansen. Where there any
other significant teachers for you? Sensei Ed Happ was my main mentor
When did you reach Black Belt?
How has Judo affected your life
outside the Dojo?
Judo is life outside the dojo. The same
principles you learn in the dojo also apply in real life. Practice
and perfect technique as you practice and perfect your work skills.
This is how one advances in society and in the dojo.
What are some of the most important
lessons Judo has taught you?
Always have fun and never miss
If any what other martial art(s)
have you studied? How far did you progress in it/them?
Shotokan Karate; Brown belt level.
Aikido, and Tai Chi.
What are some of your proudest
achievements in Judo (Tournament victories, awards received, rank
received or other) ?
Support from my wife, Mary. In 1974,
beating seven competitors in my division at UWM and winning
“batsugan” to brown belt.
What made you stick with Judo for
all of these years?
The challenge Judo has to offer.
Learning the basics was easy. Yet, the intricate aspects of
techniques continue to make me a student of Judo. I am still
learning Judo after four decades.
What was your path to black belt
Competitive and aggressive. I couldn’t
get enough of the skills. Sensei Happ made me work on two basic
throws, De Ashi Barai and left Uchimata. May mat work was in place.
He said that learning too many techniques would be harmful.
Specializes on a few and be good at them. That is what I
concentrated on and today thank him for his wisdom and training
What advice would you give to a
brand new white belt on what it takes to achieve a black belt?
This sport is like a new job. It is
difficult in the beginning but as you progress in the job or sport
each technique or job assignment become easier, you become more
What was the transition from student
to teacher like for you?
Gradual, Sensei Happ would allow high
rank students demonstrate technique to class and assist him in
teaching. Thinking back he was training me and others to be the
third generation of Judo Teachers in Wisconsin.
How long have you been teaching
The day I went beyond white belt I
started to teach new students.
Where have you taught Judo besides
the YMCA and UWSP?
Only as guest coach when visiting other
Where are some of the places you
have taught Judo clinics?
Fond du lac, Racine, Milwaukee, West
What is your current Rank in Judo
and when did you receive it?
Shichidan, July 5 2013, through the United States of
What are your goals in Judo?
I would like to continue to pass on my
knowledge of Judo to the next generation of Judo Students. At a
point in time Judo was competitive for me. Today I find the
competitiveness is at a different level. Watching students learn
Judo, then find the courage to enter their first tournament, go out
and have fun and finally getting bit by that “competition bug”
. This is what I want to see. This is my goal. This student of
Judo will find the courage and when ready will be successful in the