Hall of Fame Class of 2019

ATHLETE INDUCTEES


 

Kevin Asano

Kevin Asano
Athlete Inductee

 
Bob Berland

Bob Berland
Athlete Inductee

 
Bob Berland

Jim Bregman
Athlete Inductee

 
Allen Coage

Allen Coage
Athlete Inductee

 
Margaret Castro-Gomez

Margaret Castro-Gomez
Athlete Inductee

 
Howard Fish

Howard Fish
Athlete Inductee

 
Gene LeBell

Gene LeBell
Athlete Inductee

 
Ed Liddie

Ed Liddie
Athlete Inductee

 
Paul Maruyama

Paul Maruyama
Athlete Inductee

 
Jason Morris

Jason Morris
Athlete Inductee

 
Hayward Nishioka

Hayward Nishioka
Athlete Inductee

 
Jimmy Pedro

Jimmy Pedro
Athlete Inductee

 
Lynn Roethke

Lynn Roethke
Athlete Inductee

 
Tosh Seino

Tosh Seino
Athlete Inductee

 
Kazuo Shinohara

Kazuo Shinohara
Athlete Inductee

 
Mike Swain

Mike Swain
Athlete Inductee

 
Rene Zeelenberg

Rene Zeelenberg
Athlete Inductee

 

 

 

Kevin Asano Kevin Asano

The first judo player from Hawaii to compete at the Olympic Games, Asano won a silver medal in the 60kg division at the 1988 Olympic Games following his bronze at the 1987 World Championships. A graduate of San Jose State University, Asano has remained involved in the sport as the president of Hawaii Judo and President of USA Judo Federation.

 

Bob Berland Bob Berland

The first U.S. judo player ever to advance to the finals of the Olympic Games, Berland won a silver medal in the 86kg division in 1984 after winning bronze at the 1983 World Championships. A two-time Olympian who also competed in 1988, Berland currently worked with the Chicago 2016 committee to help bring the Olympic Games to his hometown of Chicago and was also part a member of the coaching staff for the 2004 Olympic Judo Team.

 

Jim Bregman Jim Bregman

Jim Bregman was the first American to win a a medal (Bronze) at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The following year, 1965, he became the first American to win a medal (Bronze) at the Sao Paulo, Brazil, World Championships.  In addition, he was a 1965 Pan American Gold Medalist and, in that same year, won a Gold Medal in his weight class and became the Overall Champion of the Maccabean Games held in Israel.  Mr. Bregman was a Founding Director of the United States Judo Association; He served three terms as its President.  Mr. Bregman is also a member of the Jewish Athletes, New York Athletic Club, and the Wakefield High School Hall's of Fame.

 

Allen Coage Allen Coage

Coage became the second U.S. athlete, and the first African-American, to win an Olympic medal in the sport of judo when he earned a bronze in the +95kg division at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. A six-time National Champion and two-time Pan American Games Champion, Coage later became a World Wrestling Federation celebrity in the late 1980s as “Bad News Brown.” Coage passed away in 2007.

 

Margaret Castro-Gomez Margaret Castro-Gomez

An 11-time National Champion, Castro-Gomez had won three World medals by the time she competed on her first Olympic Team in 1988. As a member of the first U.S. women’s team to compete at the Olympic Games when women’s judo was introduced as a demonstration event, Castro-Gomez won a bronze medal in the +72kg division.

 

Howard Fish Howard Fish

Howard Fish began his judo career at the age of 15 years old and was a competitive athlete on the San Jose University Judo team. While on the team, Fish won gold in the 1965 National Collegiate Championships. He also appeared on the 1968 cover of Black Belt Magazine. In 1968, Fish received a four-month scholarship from Black Belt Magazine in order to train at the Kodokan. He represented San Jose State and the USA in the 1968 World University Judo Games, where he won two bronze medals; where he was the only representative of the United States in this tournament. Howard was competitive on the National stage, where he won bronze in the 1966 US National Championships, and gold in the 1967 US National Championships.

 

Gene LeBell Gene LeBell

Gene LeBell has been involved in judo over 65 years. He won the nationals several times in the 1950s and was also Grand Champion. In 1954 and 1955, while only 22 years of age, he captured both the heavyweight and overall Amateur Athletic Union National Judo Championships. He also raised the visibility of the sport of judo by winning the first ever mixed martial arts competition and using judo in literally hundreds of movies and TV shows in which he appeared as actor and stunt person.

 

Eddie Liddie Ed Liddie

Liddie won a bronze medal in the 60kg division during his 1984 Olympic appearance and would go on to coach four Olympic Teams from 1996 to 2008. As the coach for the Olympic Training Center judo team in Colorado Springs, Liddie’s athletes secured 13 Olympic slots during the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games. Liddie is currently the USA Judo Director of High Performance. 

 

Paul Maruyama Paul Maruyama

Paul Maruyama was a member of the first American team to compete in judo in the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. He was the United States national champion in the 154 pound weight class in 1966, 1970 and 1975, and placed second in the open weight class in 1966. Maruyama also served as the coach of the United States judo team for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, boycotted by the United States, and the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Maruyama went on to teach martial arts and Japanese language at the United States Air Force Academy, and served as president of the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado.

 

Jason Morris Jason Morris

One of only four U.S. judo players to compete on four Olympic Teams, Morris won a silver medal in the 78kg division during his second Olympic Games in 1992 which he followed with a bronze medal at the 1993 World Championships. After his retirement in 1996, Morris made an impressive comeback to qualify for his fourth Olympic Team in 2000 at the age of 33. After the Sydney Games, Morris turned his focus to coaching full-time, leading both his home program at the USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville, N.Y. as well as serving as a coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

 

Hayward Nishioka Howard Nishioka

During the 1960’s, Hayward Nishioka was United States Division judo Champion three times, in 1965, 1966 and 1970. In 1965 he retired as the National AAU Grand Champion. A member of four United States international teams, he won a gold medal in the Pan-American Games in 1967. Nishioka was also the British-Colombian Champion in 1966 and placed 5th in the World Judo Championships in 1965 and 1967. The 7th degree judo black belt has authored several books on the art including, “Foot Throws” and “The Judo Textbook”. Master Hayward Nishioka has also more than 38 instructional tapes on the sport.

 

Jimmy Pedro Jimmy Pedro

Pedro began his career as a 20-year-old who won a bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships before competing on the first of his four U.S. Olympic Teams. Pedro won his first Olympic medal in the 71kg division in 1996 and became only the third U.S. player to win a World Championship in 1999. After placing fifth at the 2000 Games, Pedro retired from the sport, but still had unfinished business to do. Inspired by his trip to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Pedro returned from retirement and became the first U.S. player ever to win two Olympic medals when he earned a bronze in Athens. Pedro now runs his own program – USA Judo National Team FORCE – in Wakefield, Mass. where he coached three athletes to Olympic berths in 2008 and is the head of the USA Judo Elite U-23 Team. Pedro also served as coach of the 2012 Olympic Judo Team where he coached athlete Kayla Harrison to the first gold medal win at the Olympic Games ever for the United States.

 

Lynn Roethke Lynn Roethke

In 1988 Roethke competed on the first women’s U.S. Olympic Team for Judo, winning a silver medal in the demonstration event as a 61kg player after winning a World silver medal the previous year. Roethke, who also competed at the 1992 Games, is still the only U.S. woman to advance to the finals of an Olympic Games. Roethke currently serves as a coach at Club Olympia Judo in Wisconsin.

 

Tosh Seino Tosh Seino

Tosh Seino started his judo career in 1957 at the age of 18 years old. In 1959 he competed for the first time in AAU National Judo Championships and won a bronze medal in the 70kg weight class. From there, he became a four U.S. National Champion, two Air Force Grand Champion, a Pan American Champion and took fourth place in the 1965 and 1967 World Championships. Seino is currently teaching judo twice a week at the Gardena Judo Dojo as a technical advisor and holds rank of 7th degree black belt.

 

Kazuo Shinohara Kazuo Shinohara

Kazuo Shinohara was born in Soul, Korea on January 1st, 1938. He started judo at age 17 after getting his father's approval. Within Shinohara's first year of judo, he obtained the rank of Shodan. He attended Meiji University where became captain of his university judo team. In 1959, Shinohara won the first overall South American Judo Championship title. After graduation from college, Shinohara moved to Los Angeles where he became a roving instructor for the Judo Black Belt Federation. While instructor, he helped promote the sport. Shinohara is seen as a "versatile Judoka from japan." While acting as a roving instructor, he won the overall title of National A.A.U Judo Championship title in Chicago. He also won four U.S. Senior National Titles in 1962 and 1963.

 

Mike Swain Mike Swain

Swain qualified for his first of four Olympic Teams in 1980, but was unable to compete when the United States boycotted the Games in Moscow. Swain would go on to compete at the 1984 and 1988 Games, winning bronze in 1988 on the heels of his 1987 World title. Swain came out of retirement to compete in his fourth Olympic Games in 1992 before turning his focus to running Swain Mats which has since become one of the largest suppliers of martial arts mats in the world. Swain also is a coach of his alma mater – San Jose State University and was inducted into the Pan American Judo Union Hall of Fame in May 2008.

 

Rene Zeelenberg Rene Zeelenberg

Sensei Zeelenberg started his judo career in Holland at the young age of 5. At 14 his family moved to California and he continued to develop his judo at Gene LeBell’s dojo. He later joined the United States Air Force and was fortunate to be stationed in California and train under the guidance of Ben Campbell and Phil Porter. In 1996 after serving 30 years, he retired from the Air Force as Chief Master Sergeant. Sensei Zeelenberg has an extreme dedication to the sport of judo and to all of his students at Alamo Judo Club. Everyone has goals to achieve and he is always there to pass on his knowledge and techniques that he has acquired over the years.