Hana, along with her husband, Percy Sekine, established and ran the London Judokan for 50 years, having enjoyed an incredible upbringing as the daughter of Gunji Koizumi, the father of British Judo and the man behind the famous Budokwai in the U.K.
Hana passed away on Saturday evening and her absence is already felt by all who knew her. Close friend Bill Musgrove said, “Hana Sekine was a refined, kind and splendid lady. Her name was synonymous with judo. We will all miss Hana so much."
The IJF offer sincere condolences to Hana’s family and friends and to the British judo community, whom she served without question throughout her long and vibrant life.