By Jill Richardson
Boise Valley Judo celebrated their 75th anniversary of Judo in Idaho at the Boise Valley Judo Tournament held in Melba on Saturday at the high school.
Boise Valley Judo was started in the valley in 1938 by Masao Yamashita and still is a thriving organization to this day. Sensei Yamashita held his first Judo practice in a shed with eight students. Over the years the club has inspired thousands of Judokas in their journey of dreams, accomplishments, and successes. BVJ is the oldest continuous Judo Dojo in Idaho and perhaps in the whole United States.
Saturday’s tournament brought hundreds of participants from clubs in Idaho, Oregon and Utah together.
Judo is an ancient Martial Art that uses the weight and balance of the opponent against them.
“Today we will demonstrate Judo as a sport, but truly it is a Martial Art,” said Boise Valley Judo Sensei Val Brisbin and fourth degree black belt. Brisbin began in Boise Valley Judo 40 years ago under the instruction of Sensei Yamashita and has since involved all of his children in the club.