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Bell, Vernon Cecil Frederick (1922–2004), founder of the British karate movement, was born on 9 October 1922 at 8 Empress Avenue, Ilford, Essex, the only child of Leonard Cecil Bell (1895–1976), civil servant, and his wife, Elsie May, née Sapsworth (1897–1977). He was educated at ...

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Koizumi, Gunji (1885–1965), judo master and oriental art expert, was born into a Buddhist family on 8 July 1885 in Komatsuka Oaza, Takadamura (later Edosakimachi), Inashiki Gun, Ibaraki province, Japan, a village about 20 miles north of Tokyo. He was the second son of ...

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Leggett, Trevor Pryce (1914–2000), judo master, was born on 22 August 1914 at 39 The Avenue, Brondesbury, London, the third son of Lewis Ernest Leggett (1885/6–1943) and his wife, Isabel Mabel, née Pryce (1885/6–1965). His father, a child prodigy pianist, was a professional violinist and for some years led the orchestra at ...

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Palmer, Charles Stuart William (1930–2001), judoka and sports administrator, was born at 15 Osnaburgh Street, St Pancras, London, on 15 April 1930, the son of Charles Edward Palmer, an engine fitter with the London General Omnibus Company, and his wife, Emma, née Byrne...

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Sekine, (Yasuji) Percy (1920–2010), judo champion and instructor, was born on 20 February 1920 at 47 Ledam Buildings, Holborn, London, the son of (Yasuji) Koji Sekine (1890/91–1965), a general exporter's clerk (later an official with the Mitsui Bank), of Japanese birth, and his English wife, ...

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Tani, Yukio (1881–1950), judo master, was almost certainly born in Tokyo. It is known that his father and grandfather were both teachers of ju-jitsu, but there are no further details of his early life in Japan.

On 26 September 1900 Yukio Tani and his elder brother ...

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Edward William Barton Wright (1860–1951) by unknown photographer, pubd 1899 by kind permission of the Bartitsu Society

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Wright, Edward William Barton (1860–1951), martial arts instructor, was born in Bangalore, India, on 10 October 1860, the son of William Barton Wright (1828–1915), locomotive engineer, and his wife, Janet. He had at least three younger sisters. His father was superintendent of locomotives in ...