The US Embassy Judo Club was my last stop. It was founded in 1957 by Sato Shizuya Sensei. It is dedicated to providing a family oriented environment where members of the international community in Tokyo can discover unique aspects of Japanese culture, enjoy staying fit, and learn practical self-defense skills.

I interviewed Lance Gatling, Director of the US Embassy Judo Club, and guest instructor Sato Tadayuki; we talked about the "unofficial" history of judo, judo's crossovers with other martial arts, and its hidden techniques that became lost with time.

The practice was particularly unique in that Lance Gatling intertwined the history of techniques and the lineage of judo to explain moves to students and elucidate why certain traditions have developed.

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