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James Bregman

James Bregman
Medal record
Men's Judo
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1964 Tokyo Middleweight (80 kg)
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1965 Rio de Janeiro -80 kg

James Steven ("Jim") Bregman (born November 17, 1941, in Arlington, Virginia) was a member of the first American team to compete in judo in the Summer Olympics. He is Jewish.[1]

In 1964 he won the AAU Senior National Judo Championship.[2]

Judo was first in included in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and Bregman won a bronze medal in the under 80 kg category in those games—the only American to bring home a medal in judo in the 1964 Summer Games.[3][4][5][6]

The judo world sometimes speaks with pride of the 1964 American Olympic judo team as consisting of a Jew, an African-American, a Japanese-American, and a Native American (see Nishioka's book in the references, below). Bregman was the Jew in this grouping.[7]

In 1965 he won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in the 176 pound division.[2] He also won a gold medal in the United States Judo Association.

On August 19, 2009, Bregman was promoted to the rank of Kudan by the United States Judo Association. This event took place at the YMCA International Judo Camp in Huguenot, New York.

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External links

  • Nishioka, Hayward (2000) Judo: Heart and Soul Ohara Publications. ISBN 0-89750-137-3
  • An interview with Jim Bregman on the web site

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