Media February / March 2010

Scottish OAP Wins Top Judo Award

A 72-year-old Scot has become the youngest person and only the second Briton to be awarded a 10th Dan in judo, the Herald Scotland reported in February.

George Kerr is only the 15th person to win judo’s highest honour. “It was hard to accept, in a way, because I always think of the great teachers I had in Japan who haven’t made it to 10th Dan yet,” said Kerr, who speaks fluent Japanese.

His love affair with judo began in 1957, when he won a four-year scholarship to Japan aged 19.

Kerr is president of the British Judo Association and has captained the British Judo team and won the British Open Championship.