Jonathan Kruger, Chief Instructor of the Kodokwan Judo Jujitsu club of Zambia Joins ChunJiDo International!
ChunJiDo International is very honored to have Jonathan Kruger,fifth generation Chief Instructor and Menkyo Kaiden to the Kodokwan Judo Jujitsu club of Zambia as our newest affiliate!* Kruger Sensei has been involved in Traditional Kodokan Judo and Koryu Goshin Jujitsu for the last 27 years. His late father, John David Kruger, introduced him to Judo and Jujitsu in 1986. Kruger Sensei also trained with Father Jude Mckenna (7th dan Judo), a Catholic Priest, who works with at risk children in Lusaka at his Central Sports Club in Lusaka City. Father Jude has the biggest dojo in Central Africa, working with underprivileged youth and street children. This gave him a chance to represent Zambia Internationally in Judo around the world. He has a 7th dan in Jujitsu with the European Jujitsu Union EJJU and is their represent in Central Africa. He has been awarded an 8th dan in Judo with the European Jujitsu Union and also holds a 6th dan in Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu under the World Moosul Kwan Federation with Grandmaster Derman Hodge. Kruger Sensei is the Zambia Judo Association Technical Judo Adviser and National Chairman for the Copperbelt region for Judo in Zambia. He spent 7 years training in Osaka, Japan while working there as a Christian Missionary in Osaka and Kyoto among the Japan Youth and worked with a Christian Youth Ministry called Youth With A Mission (YWAM). He also worked in South Korea in Inchon and Seoul City. I was a Bible smuggler into China in the early 1990’s, during a time when it was dangerous to smuggle Bibles into main land China and many people where caught and put in prison. He worked and ministered to the Boat People escaping from Vietnam to Hong Kong in the 1990’s as well. In Japan Kruger Sensei trained under Hashimoto Sensei 8th dan in Judo, one of the instructors at the Tenri University Judo club which is one of the strongest Judo clubs in Japan. He also trained under Arao Sensei, 5th dan in Tomiki Aikido and Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu, who was one of the instructors to Steven Seagal at the Tennoji Aikikan in down town Tennoji city in Osaka. He represented Zambia all over Japan and won the 1993 high school Judo championships in Northern Osaka of Takatsuki city and Ibaraki city. He competed in the 1995 World Judo Championships for Zambia in the 95kg heavy weight category in Chiba, Makuhari, Japan and won a silver medal in the Southern and Central African zone six Judo Championships in 1993. He has trained in Seoul and Inchon city in South Korea with the coach of national Judo hero Kim Jae Yup, 1988 Seoul Olympic Judo champion, at the Seoul YMCA Judo club. During this time he studied Korean Yudo as well Hosinsul Hapkido. He has a 7th dan in Korean Hosinsul Hapkido from the Chang Moo Kwan in the USA with Grandmaster Jeff Everetts. has also trained under Judo Grand master Keith Tiger Brown, 7th dan in the UK. For the last 13 years he has taught Judo and Jujitsu here in Kitwe, Zambia at the Kodokwan dojo mainly to the underprivileged youth and some ex street children. He has seen many students change from a life of drinking and drug abuse and set free by the Holy Spirit to become strong leaders in their communities. Some of the them now represent Zambia Judo Association around Africa and the world and have come back with many Judo medals for Zambia. *Welcome to ChunJiDo International, we look forward to your strong leadership and representation of the ChunJiDo International organization in Africa!