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Judo Ron 7 Tribute to Bernard Gauthier judo sensei_doc

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 Judo discussion and investigation of selected topics by Ronald Desormeaux
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Judo Ron 7Tribute to a Canadian Judo Pioneer: Bernard Gauthier
The Canadian judo history begins in the 1914 with the arrival of Japanese visitors andsettlers on the West Coast. Judo evolved quickly from the commitments and dedication of Japanese teachers the like of Steven Shigetaka Sasaki who settled in the Vancouver area.In 1932, Professor Jigoro Kano came to Vancouver to reinforce his Kodokan Judo’s principles amongst the established teachers association.The Second World War was catastrophic to the expansion of judo on the western coast asmany of the Japanese families were forced to relocate to interior transit camps. Judoactivities nevertheless survived the ordeal and its expansion across Canada took placeover the next few years. After the war, the influence of Europeen judo came about.Britain and France contributed to the judo expansion by sending judo and ju-jitsu expertsto teach the armed forces or the police units. Teachers trained by Sensei Koizumi andKawaishi made substantial contributions to the expansion of judo in the Eastern parts of Canada. The judo brotherhood expanded without a consolidated or formal organizationalframework and continued to establish its ramifications in recreational halls, private clubs,town halls and schools.In the early 1940, a young French Canadian judoka by the name of 
Bernard HenriGauthier
born in Hull Québec in 1926 began a tremendous organizational building effortto promote a national judo organization that would unite all judokas under one federallyrecognized body. For a period of 20 years, he actively participated in the expansion of martial arts studies in Canada. He became the President of the first Canadian JudoFederation which obtained official recognition world wide.Mr Gauthier made a substantial contribution to the development of judo in Canada andwas a major pioneer in the creation of the Pan-American Judo Union. He served as thefirst president of the Canadian judo Federation from 1949 – 1960. He was one of the four  pillars of the Pan-American Judo Union along with MM Carlos Chaves or Argentina,Carlos de Lejarza of Cuba and Donn.F. Draeger of the United States of America.Together, they drafted the first constitution of the Union and Mr Gauthier later served asthe Vice-President during the period 1952-3-54.In collaboration with other officials of the international judo community, he introducedthe formation of several judo leagues for the expansion of judo throughout the countryand abroad. He initiated the first cycle of International team competitions betweenCanada and other countries such as: Cuba, United States, England and France. Mr Gauthier maintained continuous liaison with the International Judo Federation and theaffiliated national delegations for the purpose of exchanging on technical andadministrative matters.
 
 
 Judo discussion and investigation of selected topics by Ronald Desormeaux
2In 1956, he represented Canada at the International Judo Congress in Tokyo and participated in the deliberations to compose the first IJF statutes and regulations.Mr Gauthier asserted the presence of Canadian Judo while attending the First CanadianSports conference in Ottawa 1951. He served as a member of the executive board of theCanadian Sports council from 1952-54 and held the positions of secretary and treasuryfor the Canadian Amateur Sports from 1951-55.Mr Gauthier made a substantive contribution to the expansion of Judo by being able todraft the Charters and the Incorporation documents for the Canadian Judo Federation andregistering it with the Government of Canada in December1949. The Statutes of theCanadian Judo Federation served as the background to the subsequent replacementnational organization known as the Canadian Kodokan Black Belt Association in the late1959 to later be known as Judo Canada.He was the author of a first book under the title Canadian and American Modern Judo in1952. This first book intended to demystify the concepts of judo to the Canadianaudience and simultaneously inform the World about judo activities in Canada. In his prime years, Mr Gauthier was a competitor and team captain for several Provincial andnational teams. He participated in the First Pan American Championship in Havana in1952. He participated in the Argentina Championship in 1955 and he was the Canadiandelegate to the First World Judo Championships in Tokyo in 1956.
 
 
 Judo discussion and investigation of selected topics by Ronald Desormeaux
3Mr Gauthier was an excellent teacher and leader. He was instrumental in opening about30 Judo Clubs and graduated over 50 black belts instructors. In the course of his teaching,several of his students achieved national competition ranking.He taught judo and self-defense techniques to members of the Royal Canadian MountedPolice, the Military Police, The Canadian Air Forces, The Salvation Army, the MunicipalPolice forces, the Ottawa University Physical Education Department, the Prison andPenitentiary guards and at private civilian dojos in Canada and the United States.Mr Gauthier was a great communicator of the Judo philosophy. In his constant desire to broadcast the judo way of life, he participated in numerous radio talk shows in bothofficial languages throughout Canada. In 1956, he gave a short interview to the Japaneseradio station and the international press while participating in the 1956 WorldChampionships.Radio-Canada TV interviewed Mr Gauthier on numerous occasions pertaining to judochampionships, the expansion of judo and its concepts. In 1953, he participated in thedevelopment of a technical judo film made by the US Marine Corps under thesponsorship of Major Donn Draeger. In 1954, he led the National film Board of Canadainitiative to produce a short film on the Aesthetics and psychology of judo called “JudoJinko”. He designed and maintained several Judo newsletters and Pan-Canadian judo bulletins for several years.In 1965, he made three judo and self-defense films in collaboration with the NationalFilm Board and the Canadian Penitentiary authorities. Both the Federal and Provincialtraining institutions have since used these films. They are intended for the use of securityguards and police departments for their training and riot control preventive securitysystems.

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