As I write this post, I make myself aware of the fact that even though the Japanese martial art of Judo translates into ‘the gentle way’ that it is not felt that way when you are on the receiving end of some of these highly effective submission techniques.
But let’s get back to today’s Mystery Man.
If you are a U.S. history buff, you already know whom I am referring to as the 26th U.S. President.
If not, here’s another hint: This gentleman’s face can be seen on famous Mount Rushmore.
But wait a second:
He’s not the only one honored there, because he is in the company of three other U.S. Presidents who left a lasting impression on history.
Well, who is it then?
Along with Thomas Jefferson, he is considered the most well read politician to have ever served.
He was also a fervent supporter of Abraham Lincoln’s civil war policies.
No, of course we aren’t talking about George Washington.
We are talking about no other than Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt!
He was a very active outdoorsman, avid practictioner of physical activities such as wrestling, boxing and yes, Judo.
Teddy Roosevelt was a 3rd degree Judo brown belt in his living years, taught by Master Yamashita, who introduced Judo to The United States in the late 1800s.
There you have it:
The First U.S. American Judo Brown Belt And 26th U.S. President, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.
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