Masato Tamura

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Masato Tamura was born in Fife, Washington, United States.[1] Tamura was born in 1913.[1] By 1965 he was a 7th Dan in Judo.[2] In 1969, Tamura was awarded the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame for Judo Instructor.[3] In 1972 he operated a dojo in California.[4]

Judo career[edit]

Tamura originally trained in Seattle Dojo.[4] Mas Tamura was promoted to 3rd degree black belt by Jigaro Kano.[5] Tamura trained his brother Vince Tamura into a national champion and international competitor in Judo.[4] Tamura was instrumental in developing the hand to hand techniques used by the US Armed Forces.[4] This was after defeating an opponent over 50lbs more than himself.[5] Tamura is a former president of the United States Judo Federation.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Tamura was married with three children.[1] Two of his daughters Rosemarie and Diane Tamura were competitors in Judo.[7] His son is Frank Tamura.[8] His wife Rose died in 2012, while Tamura died from cancer in 1982.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Black Belt". January 1965. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  2. ^ "Black Belt". December 1966. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  3. ^ "Black Belt". January 1995. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  4. ^ a b c d "Black Belt". November 1972. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  5. ^ a b "American Judo Pioneer : Vince Tamura & Heiki-Ryu Jujutsu" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  6. ^ "Official A.A.U.-U.S.J.F. Judo Handbook ..." 1968. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  7. ^ "Black Belt". February 1968. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  8. ^ a b "Rose Tamura". Retrieved 2015-07-10.