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Doug Rogers: “Judoka” Short Film

Doug Rogers, 1964 Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist in Judo.

Doug Rogers, 1964 Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist in Judo.

Doug Rogers was the 1964 silver medalist in judo in the heavyweight division. 1964 was the first year judo was included in the Olympics, and Rogers was one of a few Westerners who shocked Japan with their strong showings.

“Judoka” is a 1965 film by Josef Reeve that profiles Rogers and his training routine with the famous Masahiko Kimura. It’s under twenty minutes and worth a look. The National Film Board of Canada recently restored and digitized the film and put it online. Click here to watch it.


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