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2008 Brett Wood-Taylor

Brett started his judo January 28th, 1956, one day after his 5th birthday at the 
West Vancouver Japanese Cultural Center which was behind a small church. Judo was 
a seasonal sport for Brett until he moved to L.A. On Christmas Day in 1964. Brett joined 
the Santa Monica YMCA Judo Program and then to the Boys' Club of Santa Monica in 
1966 where he helped teach youth Judo. 

In 1967 he was kindly assisted by Hayward Nishioka when Hayward took Brett to 
various dojos such as Tenri, the original Welcome Mat, Orange County etc. Brett 
eventually had his own "wheels" and drove to many other dojos to train as well as taking 
his own team in Santa Monica to a lot of judo tournaments. 

Spending some time in Japan training and attending camps etc. Brett moved to 
Fond du Lac in 1976. Brett trained at the Milwaukee Central YMCA with Jim Peterson 
and others along with heavy training at the Uptown Dojo in Chicago. 
Reopening his dojo in 1979, Brett focused on teaching, coaching, running 
tournaments, camps and clinics. 

Over the years his wife, Margaret, Mark Frankel and others kept the dojo 
running. Brett is grateful for his loving family’s support and the love of his Judo family. 
Brett is deeply humbled by this nomination.