LEGENDS OF JUDO: GEORGE KERR, 10th Dan
The first important personality that the IJF met, in his hometown of Edinburgh, is Mr. George Kerr.
One must go to the confines of the United Kingdom, in Scotland, to meet one of the legends of the judo world. George Kerr is jovial, and his rolling Scottish accent makes you want to spend hours listening to his stories of the evolution of judo.
As the man stated in his book, which was officially released on the occasion of the Suzuki Judo World Championships in Budapest last August, getting to the 10th dan has been a 'real journey' through time and through the successive revolutions of judo.
In the introduction of his book, George Kerr said: "I am at an age where I have no need, nor desire to tell any lies. I am to old not to tell the truth now." And in fact, Mr. George Kerr not only opened his house but he also opened his heart during the exclusive interview that he gave to the IJF at the beginning of July.
Having celebrated his 80th birthday this summer, George Kerr is still an active judoka; he enjoys being on the tatami and beyond everything he loves to transfer his incredible knowledge and philosophy to the younger generations.