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    Passing of Harold “Hal” Sharp, USJF judan (1927-2021)


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    Post by Ambatus Tue Mar 23, 2021 6:04 am

    I’ve just read the sad news that Hal Sharp has passed away, from the Nanka Judo Yudanshakai


    From the USJF page https://www.usjf.com/hall-of-fame/harold-sharp/:

    “Sensei Sharp, 9th Dan (USA Judo, USJF & USJA), born in 1927, has been active in judo for 65 years, starting at the Kodokan Judo Institute where he earned the rank of Yodan through intensive competition.
    During this period he co-authored two of the most popular books in judo, “Sport of Judo” and “Techniques of Judo” which have sold worldwide over 250,000 copies.

    During the early 1950s while in Japan he excelled in judo photography both still and cinema. Photographing the techniques of many of the legends and champions of judo. Later in the 1990s he digitized these old cinema films creating DVDs and YouTube videos which are now popular throughout the world. With the advent of modern video camcorders, he has produced numerous technical and event videos. Since returning from Japan, Sharp sensei has written two more books, ”Boy’s Judo” and “Boy’s & Girl’s Judo and Self-defense”, subtitled “Road to Blackbelt”. This last book is probably the most comprehensive book covering technical aspects of judo including 32 YouTube videos to supplement the writings. All of his books, including those written in the 1950s are currently sold throughout the world on Amazon.

    In 1954, he won the title as “Japan Foreigner Judo Champion”. The tournament was conducted by Mifune sensei, 10th Dan, for the Prince of Japan. Recently, Y.Osawa, 10th Dan, was quoted as saying that, “Sharp sensei had classical judo skills” and that he “had a difficult time throwing him.”
    Since returning to the US, he has been active with Nanka, USJF, USJA and USA Judo. For the last 20 years he has been a technical advisor to the Gardena Judo Club. He had previously been voted in as a member of the Nanka Hall of Fame.”

    His YouTube channel was filled with interesting historical footage (amongst others) https://www.youtube.com/user/halsharp1 . A sad loss.

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    Post by afja_lm139 Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:52 am

    R.I.P. Hal, old friend.

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    Post by NBK2 Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:58 pm

    Hal Sharp sensei 10dan judo passed away this week, age 93.
    He spent 5 years in Japan in the 1950s and became a friend of our founder, Sato Shizuya 10dan.

    Sharp sensei was a great friend of Embassy Judo, a tireless promoter of judo and other Japanese martial arts, and a great instructor. He was also an energetic entrepreneur of his self produced martial arts films that before the Internet introduced generations to superior Japanese martial artists like Sato sensei.

    There are simply too few men like Sharp sensei. He will be missed.

    Rest In Peace.

    Lance Gatling
    Director / Instructor
    US Embassy Judo and Nihon Jujutsu

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