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Penang Judo History

1950’s, Judo was introduced to the Penang folks by Japanese sailors calling at the Penang port. Judo was demonstrated to the public during their practice sessions. Several individual was fascinated by the new methods of teaching and the effectiveness of the art as a form of  self defense.

  • 1955, the late Chong Heng Yuen who had been trained in Japan Kodokan started Judo in Chung

    Ling

    School and Chung Ling Union.
  • Tamby Rajah, the first Malaysian to be awarded Kodokan black-belt, sponsored Sensei Iijima to promote Judo in Penang.
  • Early judo enthusiasts included Lim Seng Bee, Ooi Thye Seng, Koid Kheng Chooi, Francis Ramasamy, Khoo Siew Boo, Johnny Khoo Kay Chee, Koay Sin Sooi and others.
  • 1958, The Penang Judo Club (PJC) was formed as a state body to coordinate state and national level activities including the selection of players for competitions. Mr. Lim Seng Bee became the first President of PJC.
  • Chung Ling School Union Judo club remained a separate Judo entity and is affiliated to the Malaya Judo Federation, the national body for Judo.

1960’s, Judo as a sport began to grow in international popularity when it was officially introduced as a competition event in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Japanese Government was relentless in its effort to promote Judo worldwide. Judo was introduced to the Police and FRU in

Penang and Japanese exponents were posted by JOCV to

Penang on a two-yearly basis. Judo received public attention and it was a cherished sport among the

Penang folks. In PJC, Sensei Iijima and Sensei Odachi were conducting classes in the early 60’s.

  • 1965
    •  The  Third Malaysian Judo Championship was held in Penang organized by Chung Ling School Union.

  • 1966
    • Khoo Siew Boo was appointed Coach cum Manager for the Malaysian team competing in the first Asian Judo Championship in Manila.

  • 1967
    • Choong Chong Hin and Thangvelloo of PJC represented Malaysia to compete in the SEAP Games in

      Bangkok.
    • the first JOCV instructor Sensei Tsukushima was providing Judo training to the FRU and Police.  Sensei Tsukushima would also coach in PJC in the evening.

  • 1969
    •  The Malaysian Judo Championship was held in Penang organized by PJC under the stewardship of Tai Tsu Kuang.
    • Choong Chong Hin, Kang Lye Huat and Thangavelloo represented Malaysia to compete in the SEAP Games in

      Rangoon.
    • Tai Tsu Kuang was elected the 4th President of PJC .He succeeded the late Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim. Tai Tsu Kuang led PJC until 1990, twenty one years in total. Besides, he was the Vice President of MJF.
    • JOCV instructor Sensei Tsuchiyama arrived in Penang. He also provide Judo training in PJC.
    • Johnny Khoo on his own accord left for Japan to further his study on Judo in the Kodokan Judo Institute,

      Tokyo, Japan. He returned to

      Penang in 1970.

  • 1970’s, dedicated efforts was beginning to bear fruits for the sport of Judo. Penang Judoka Nordin Hamzah won the first Malaysian Gold Medal in SEAP Games. PJC organized international championships. JOCV coaches continued to come to

    Penang to bring up the standards of Judo, namely: Hamabe (1970), Abe (1971), Nakamone (1972) and Nishikawa (1975).

  • 1970
    • Johnny Khoo represented Malaysia to compete in the 2nd Asian Judo Championship in

      Taipei.
    • The Malaysian Judo Championship was held in Penang under the stewardship of Tai Tsu Kuang.

  • 1971
    • Khoo Siew Boo was the Team Manager to KL SEAP Games.
    • Nordin Hamzah of Penang won the first Judo gold medal in Judo in the Middle Weight category.
    • Sarban Singh won a silver medal while Choong Chong Hin and Kang Lye Huat each won a bronze.
    • The Malaysian Judo Championship was held in Penang under the stewardship of Tai Tsu Kuang.

  • 1972
    • Johnny Khoo became the second person in the world to receive an outstanding award for his promotion of Japanese martial arts. He was presented with a replica of the kabuto (a samurai headgear) of legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi by the President of Japan Budo Federation, the late Shimpei Shimizu who was himself a 10th dan grandmaster in Shindo Muso Ryu.

  • 1973
    • Johnny Khoo was the Chief Coach for Malaysia team to SEAP Games. Nordin Hamzah of

      Penang won a gold medal, Sarban Singh and Thangavello each won a bronze.
    • Tai Tsu Kuang was the Team Manager for Penang judo players competing in the Malaysian Judo Championship.

  • 1975
    • Johnny Khoo was the Team Manager cum referee in the Bangkok SEAP Games.
    • Koay Seng Poh won a silver medal in the Bangkok SEAP Games.
    • The Malaysian Judo Championship was held in Penang under the stewardship of Tai Tsu Kuang.

  • 1976
    • 1st ASEAN Judo Champion was organized in Penang. Participating countries were

      Thailand,

      Singapore,

      Indonesia,

      Philippines,

      Myanmar and

      Malaysia. This championship was patronized by Mr. Yuichi Hirose, the Secretary General of Judo Union of Asia (JUA).
    • Johnny Khoo was the Team Manager cum referee for ASEAN Judo Championship. Koay Seng Poh won a silver medal in his category.

  • 1977,
    • Johnny Khoo was the Manager cum referee for the Malaysian Judo team and Thangavello, the coach to the 1st SEA Games. Choong Chong Hin won a silver medal in the championship.
    • Johnny Khoo was the Team Manager for a team of nine to be trained in Nittaidai Physical Education College, Japan. Koay Seng Poh and Thangavello of

      Penang were selected for the team.

  • 1978
    • Khoo Siew Boo was the coach for Malaysian Judo team to Kano Jigoro Cup in Japan. Koay Seng Poh represented

      Malaysia.

  • 1979
    • Johnny Khoo was the Team Manager and Khoo Siew Boo, coach for the Malaysian team to Jakarta

      SEA Games. Both were also refereeing in the Games. Koay Seng Poh won a silver medal.
    • The Malaysian Judo Championship was held in Penang under the stewardship of Tai Tsu Kuang.

1980’s, Judo was in the stage of rebuilding.

Penang Judokas expanded their scope of Judo expertise into international refereeing. Also from1980 to 1985, Johnny Khoo was trained in Japan for bone-setting and physical rehabilitation under a Judo scholarship. He later practiced internship in

Kijima

Orthopedic

Hospital,

Kanazawa, Japan.

  • 1983,
    • Khoo Siew Boo was selected for refereeing in SEA Games.
  • 1985,
    • Khoo Siew Boo was selected for refereeing in SEA Games.
    • Koay Seng Poh won the Matsumae Cup for Half Light Category during the National Championship in KL. This championship was patronized by I Inokuma, who was an All-Japan Champion and an Olympic Gold Medallist, and Y Hirose , the general Secretary of JUA.

1990’s, new generation of Judokas began to steal some limelight. Thevaraj and Mahendran were the two prominent individuals in the Judo arena. Thevaraj, out of his own accord, financed himself to train in

Kodokan, Japan for seven years. Mahendran, who fought in the light weight category, won the open-weight category in the National Championship against his 300-lb opponent in the final. Johnny Khoo succeeded Datuk Tai Tsu Kuang to become the fifth President of PJC. He was also elected to become the President of PJM. On the international platform, Johnny Khoo was elected the General Secretary of the SEA Judo Federation from 1998 to 2006.  From 1999 to 2003, Johnny Khoo was also serving as the  General Treasurer of the Judo Union of Asia.

  • 1993
    •  Koay Seng Poh was Malaysian Judo coach to Singapore

      SEA Games. Thevaraj won a silver medal in his category.
  • 1994
    •  Koay Seng Poh received an IOC scholarship to study Judo in Japan.
  • 1995
    • Koay Seng Poh was Malaysian Judo coach to Chiangmai

      SEA Games. Thevaraj and Mahendran each won a silver medal in their respective categories.
  • 1996
    •  Johnny was elected the fourth President of PJC/PJA. The Penang Judo Club was renamed

      Penang Judo Association in 1998.
    •  Justin Khoo received a Judo scholarship for Judo training in the International

      Budo

      University,

      Katsura, Japan.

  • 1998
    •  Koay Seng Poh was sponsored by Judo Union of Asia to attend Judo seminar in Macau.
  • 1999,
    • Koay Seng Poh underwent Judo training in Kodokan for one month.

2000’s, yet a new breed of Judokas evolved. The early part of the decade was dominated by Tan Chee Keong who brought back medals from SEA Games. Later Gordon Ong was to become prominent. The role of Fujikawa of JAICA towards glorious achievements of

Penang Judo deserved some credit.

  • 2000
    • Koay Seng Poh was selected to participate in Judo Seminar in Rome.
    • Chuah Ghee Huat was elected the Honorary Secretary of Persatuan Judo Malaysia. He is still holding the post to date (2008).
  • 2001
    • PJA organized SEA Games Judo Championship in Penang.
  • 2002
    • Koay Seng Poh was selected to participate in a Judo Seminar in Taiwan under JUA sponsorship.

  • 2003,
    • Tan Chee Keong won a Bronze medal in Vietnam Sea Games under the coaching of Fujikawa of JAICA.
    • Tan Chee Keong participated in the World Championship in Osaka. Justin Khoo was the Team Manager while Koay Seng Poh was the coach.
    • Tan Chee Keong received scholarship to study Judo in Seikijyuku, Japan

  • 2004
    •  Nasriq received a scholarship to study Judo in the International

      Budo

      University.

  • 2005
    • Nasriq and Tan Chee Keong represented Malaysia Judo to Manila

      SEA Games. Chee Keong won a Bronze medal.
    • Chong Wei Liang received sponsorship to study Judo in Kodokan for one month

  • 2006
    • Gordon Ong and Chew Li Yin each won a bronze medal in SEA Judo Championship in Cambodia.

  • 2007
    • Datuk Mohamad Taufik, Board Member of MSN was elected the 6th President of PJA.
    • Justin Khoo and Nasriq studied Judo development in France for one month.
    •  Chew Li Yin received sponsorship to study Judo in Kodokan for one month.

  • 2008,
    •  Mr. T Hamabe revisited Penang in the capacity of National Coach under the sponsorship of MSN.
    • 2008, Gordon Ong and Chew Li Yin each won a silver medal in SEA Judo Championship in Vietnam.

Epilogue

Judo as an international sport started with its inclusion into Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Since then Judo is practiced all over the world. Interestingly, players from different parts of the world may acquire different styles but the competition rules governing the sport are unequivocal.

To learn Judo, one has to learn the techniques of falling and rolling to protect oneself against injury. For Judo as an art of self defense, there are two categories of techniques taught to the students, namely the art of throwing an opponent and the art of grappling on the floor.

Judo not only trains a person to be strong and fit, it also instills discipline. These two attributes are very much sought after in our modern living. People of all age and genders can practice Judo. Also regardless of professional background, all are welcome.

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