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SUBSCRIBE to the Barcroft network: MARTIAL arts master Jack Hearn is the oldest active Judo Sensei in the UK – and at 92-years-old, he has …

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Sensei-tional: Meet The 92-Year-Old Judo Master // Powered by Groupon

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  1. nice one! That's what its all about. Lust for life! Especially in the troubled world of today, where kids struggle to find they way. Judo, healthy lifestyle, harmonious community leads to a life worth living.

  2. Okay, uke did a good break fall and tucked his head in (1:05), but seriously, how pointless to risk bashing his head (and hand) on the ground by not having a big enough mat…

  3. I did wonder who awarded his 9th Dan.  He is not listed for that grade, or any other Dan grade, on the register of the British Judo Association, which is the largest Judo organisation in the UK, and the only one recognised for international purposes.  There are some other Judo organisations, such as the British Judo Council and the Amateur Judo Association, which may or may not have serious grading standards.  As far as I can make out, Jack Hearn is associated with the All England Judo Federation, which has only about a dozen member clubs.  For all I know he may be (or have been) an excellent judoka, but as in other martial arts, a high Dan grade doesn't signify anything unless you know the basis for grading.  In the case of the AEJF, the Dan Grade syllabus on their website doesn't mention any requirement for a track record in competition.  This contrasts with the BJA, where gradings up to 5th Dan depend on success in competition at that level.  Above 5th Dan the gradings depend mainly on special contributions to education, administration, etc.

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