Paul Maruyama

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Paul Maruyama
Personal information
National team United States
Born (1941-10-27) October 27, 1941 (age 75)
Employer Colorado College
Country United States
Sport Judo
Weight class 154 pound
University team San José State University
Now coaching United States Air Force Academy
Achievements and titles
National finals Champion - 1966, 1970, 1975
Olympic finals QF - 1964
Updated on 11 February 2017.

Lecturer Paul Kuniaki Maruyama (born October 27, 1941 in Tokyo) was a member of the first American team to compete in judo in the Summer Olympics. Judo was first included in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Maruyama is a graduate of San José State University (B.S.) and of University of Hawaii (M.B.A.). 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.[1] At the 1964 Summer Olympics he was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the lightweight competition after losing to gold medalist Takehide Nakatani. He was the coach of the United States judo team for the 1980 Summer Olympics, boycotted by the United States, and for the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2]

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. He teaches Japanese language and Asian Studies at Colorado College. He is a lifelong friend with former teammate, politician Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

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  1. ^ "U.S. National Championships - Lightweights". USA Judo. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  2. ^ Neil Ohlenkamp (2004). "US Olympic Judo Teams". Retrieved 2008-02-16.