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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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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 ...