I think the 10th degree is in his own made up martial art not in Judo. Dudes got it all on there. Marine, police officer and a grandmaster in his own art which he created after his mystical journies through the East.
I'm looking at his timeline for military service and his training in Japan and I am seeing some potential problems/odd things.
So according to his history he was a marine and had to be stationed in Japan pretty much for the first half of his service and near the Kodokan. He also received his black belt in Judo in Japan at the Kodokan 2 years after he began training there, and it looks like he only spent a total of 3 years training in Judo. Seems very hard to do while being an active duty marine. I am a relative beginner in Judo but that seems really quick. He also was promoted to 1st degree black belt again in 1961. It looks like this is suppose to be a black belt in a different art but one is not specified. If thats true he trained not 1 but 2 arts while being a marine in Japan and did it all in 3 years.Quote:
A U.S. Marine decorated in the service to his country 1958-1964
Began studying Judo in Japan in 1958.
Trained at the Kodokan in Japan 1958-1961. His instructor was Tochiko Yogami.
Risei Kano, son of Dr. Jigaro Kano, promoted Shi-Han Sensei to black belt in Judo. He was one of the first ten Americans ever to be promoted on December 8, 1960-he received his 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo at the Kodokan in Japan .
Promoted by Mas Nagano to 1st degree black belt in Yokosuka, Japan 1961
Next in his timeline we have him in Pennsylvania opening a karate school and being a police officer. I don't know enough about the hours police work but this seems like a pretty busy schedule to keep.
We have him opening his first red dragon karate in 1966 in Bethlehem ,Pennsylvania the next year (1967) he is votes policeman rookie of the year and then policeman of the year in 1968. He also had the time to open the AKKF the same year. Next he is again opening the first red dragon karate this time in California in 1972 so I guess the policeman gig wasn't working for him. I don't see why a man would become an officer and then quit after what looks like 6 years or so of service. Must be more to the story but nothing that I can find.Quote:
Opened the first full time Red Dragon Karate in Bethlehem , Pennsylvania in 1966.
Voted policeman rookie of the year of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Police Force. 1967
Voted policeman of the year 1968
Opened the first Red Dragon Karate in Covina , California in 1972
Created certifying organization American Karate Kung-Fu Federation (A.K.K.F.) to promote certification and professionalism in Martial Arts. 1968