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Catalog Number 2013.55.145
Object Name Video
Title Doug Rogers
Scope & Content Doug Rogers:
1 of 2; 00:04Size: he is 6 ft, 3 ½ inches; judo competitors come in all sizes, misunderstanding that judo works better for small people; certain techniques work better for small or tall people
01:44Father's support: he started judo in the 1950's, his father had been in service during the war, had originally discourage him but quickly came onside, he went to Japan with his father's blessing
03:04On going to Japan to study judo: didn't find it a hard move, fell in love with the culture and the event not knowing a great deal about Japan, his interest in all things Asian came through judo
04:22Went to Japan with a return ticket by ship and a little cash, had a letter of introduction to the school and that was all; once there with other foreign judoka did odd jobs as an extra in the movies and tutored students in English and taught English in a language school; later attended university and became a member of the university team, then his expenses were taken care of
07:14Registered as a student, learnt the language, studies the language now
08:00Progression in judo: when he left Canada he had just received his black belt, in practice he was able to acquit himself reasonably well, took him 6 months to get acclimated to the style, practice and life in Japan; talks about his acting in movies
11:18Daily routine: describes his routine, most intense workouts when at the University, more intensity, great instructor, real desire to perform for teacher, greatest experience in Japan, talks about wins with the team
13:16Talks about injuries
13:45On Sensei Masahiko Kimura: first met him casually in 1961; the month before the 1964 Olympics he started training at his school, they became very close, greatest experience to have been that close to a living legend in Japan
15:23Kimura was Japan's most famous competitor, had a different style of judo, very dramatic, very hitting; developed a great relationship with him, he was as tough as nails, compares him to today's UFC; talks about the move called the Kimura (reverse ude-garami arm lock), talks about famous match in Brazil
19:52On judo being interpreted as the gentle way: translate gentle as efficient, has a harder side, have to know when to do both, some prefer one style over another; Kimura's style was never any retreat, always move forward, "If I lose I die. It's my life"; talks about Kimura's philosophy as a competitor and as a teacher and what he learned from him
26:30What made him good at judo: physically had a good body, good reflexes, had good teachers, had overall good repertoire of moves, was flexible, had 4th degree black belt when he went to Kimura, had a good background so was able to get a lot of good idea and good coaching on certain moves from Kimura that took him right up in ability to perform in competition; the experience of being exposed to many styles was an asset
29:43On the 1964 Olympics: the Japanese were excited about have judo for the first time in the Olympics and in Tokyo; was in Tokyo prior to the Games and saw the preparations in terms of infrastructure, etc.; Japanese had high expectations to win all the weight divisions, talks about the judo venue, judo was an afterthought for the Canadian team, his coach had put in a good word for him, he and his coach were the Canadian judo team
2 of 2; 00:34On the matches: the semi-final was against a Russian from Georgia, strong , not a lot of sophistication, won by decision by showing superiority; the final was against the Japanese champion, lost in a decision, felt it was fair
03:28Best judo he performed: at the Japan Student Championships and the University Championships, the level was very high, acquitted himself well, had confidence, good techniques due to hard training and have Kimura, was the first foreigner to compete in the nationals
05:05won the Bronze medal at the 1965 World Championships;, Gold in the 1967 Pan American Games; was top 50 at the University Championships in Tokyo, and top 50 in the Japanese championships
06:36Judo was held at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City
07:00On being the flag bearer in 1972: talks about it; great honour to be chosen
08:24On Munich 1972: not in his best condition, was flying airplanes as a pilot, not enough training so not able to beat someone of top ability who had been training, had the ability but not the conditioning, came close
11:08Reiterates statement about being the flag bearer
11:56Event most proud of: as a Canadian it was the Olympics, the Olympics did a lot for him, gave him notoriety, opened doors in Canada and Japan; when he originally went to Japan it was to learn judo, had no Olympic or World Championships on his mind, just wanted to do judo, in love with it; from a judo perspective the best events were fighting for the Japanese University; in terms of fighting for recognition it was going the distance at the Olympics and winning the Silver medal
13:31On his mentor Kimura: knowing was the greatest experience and something he treasures, knowing this legend, did a lot for him, taught him different ways to do something in judo and in life
14:38What was Kimura like mentally: all the Japanese of that pre-war were had a certain mentality born out of a cultural affinity of bushido, the idea of severe discipline and self-denial was normal, Kimura had great strength, power and skill, also had the mental ability to deny himself and force himself beyond what we would consider human limits, always forcing himself to do one more, took judo to a level that has not been matched to this day
16:34On training under Kimura: after the Olympics the relationship was close, became a student at his school, later did a tour across Canada with him, Kimura was his idol
17:58On being inducted in the CSHoF: appreciates the recognition, in awe of the others who are in there
19:22Introduction to the Hall
20:18Life lessons: life presents a lot of challenges, in most cases we are able to rise to those challenges and if we do the results are often good
21:10Shows Silver medal from 1964 and talks about it
22:40On being a pilot: loved flying since he was a kid, lucky in life to be able to do the 2 things he fell in love with, talks about how he started flying and his career
28:03Other thoughts: when he was 9 or 10 he didn't know what judo was, had read about it, the closest he got was at a pro wrestling match
30:47On realizing his dreams: fortunate to be able to meet 2 of his dreams, both take confidence when making a move, expose yourself to losing while at the same time trying to win, put it on the line, have to commit, similar in making decisions

Year Range from 1960
Year Range to 1972
Subjects judo
Silver medal
1964 Olympic Games Tokyo
Bronze medal
World Championships
Gold meda
1967 Pan American Games Winnipeg
1972 Olympic Games Munich
flag bearer
Search Terms discipline
hard work
competitive
passion
humble
challenge
confidence