Instructors

 MASAO FUKUMA
7 Dan – Head Instructor

 

Born: 1943 in Okayama, Japan
Trained: Okayama, Tokyo and Kanagawa

Record:

  • 1965 All Japan National Team Tournament(Represented Kanagawa)
  • 1968 US Senior Nationals 176 lbs – 2nd
  • 1970 SPAAV – Open Class – 1st place
  • Grand Champion – 1st place

Taught:

  • Daijuken 1967-1969 • Venice 1967-1974
  • Gardena YMCA 1967-1978
  • Norwalk 1975-Present
(Note from the Editor: A trait seen in many accomplished judo players is humbleness, a virtue of the person’s character and so is it with Fukuma Sensei. The information in the article was collected over the years, with input from different senseis’ and involved much digging, prying and coaxing from Fukuma Sensei.)The head sensei of Norwalk Judo Dojo comes from a family rich in the heritage of judo. Masao Fukuma’s family owns a private dojo called Kobukan in Okayama, Japan which was started by his Grandfather. His Grandfather was originally schooled in jujitsu and later transitioned to judo. Sensei’s youngest brother is now the head sensei at the school. Fukuma Sensei has 5 brothers, all black belts, with the lowest degree being a 3rd degree.Fukuma Sensei started judo around the age of 5 or 6, his first thought of judo was that “I did not like judo.” He continued through junior high school and high school. During his junior high school years, he started to enjoy judo. In high school he trained six days a week, with tournaments on Sunday.After high school he was sent to train at Asashi Dojo in Yokohama which was one of the two power houses in Yokohama and in Japan. Asashi Sensei coached Okano in the 1964 Olympics. Their rival dojo in near by Yokosuka produced champions such as Inokuma and Takahashi.In 1965, Fukuma Sensei represented the Kanagawa prefecture in the prestigious All Japan Team Championship. In this tournament he defeated Takahashi. Takahashi was never able to defeat Fukuma as a later rematch ended in a draw. At a Kohaku (compete until you lose) tournament, in the ni-dan category, Fukuma Sensei defeated 12 straight opponents.In 1967, at the age of 24, Fukuma Sensei immigrated to the United States. In the 1968 at the South Pacific AAU (SPAAU) tournament, he placed 2nd and in the 1970 SPAAU, he became the Grand Champion. In the early days of judo there was a Grand Champion classification.Fukuma Sensei is known for his left hand uchimata, tai-otoshi and ashibarai (footwork).
Nagatoshi Sensei Shears Sensei Jim Uyekawa
YASUHIRO NAGATOSHI
7 Dan
BILL SHEARS
6 Dan
JIM UYEKAWA
5 Dan
Chris Fukuma Alex Fukuma TAKA KAMOGARI
CHRIS FUKUMA
5 Dan
ALEX FUKUMA
3 Dan
TAKA KAMOGARI
2 Dan
Scott Momii Dean Wada Johnson Chang
SCOTT MOMII
3 Dan
DEAN WADA
2 Dan
JOHNSON CHANG
2 Dan
Wayne Sugahara Max Uyekawa Stan Morishima
WAYNE SUGAHARA
1 Dan
MAX UYEKAWA
1 Dan
STAN MORISHIMA
1 Dan
Kanji Yasutomi  Eric Iwamoto Stephen J. Ignac 
KANJI YASUTOMI
1 Dan
ERIC IWAMOTO
1 Dan
STEVE IGNAC
1 Dan

 

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