More about Kaicho Jon Bluming

More about Kaicho Jon Bluming

Johannes Cornelius Bluming (February 6, 1933 - December 17, 2018) was a Dutch martial artist, instructor, and actor   . Known as a pioneer in a variety of martial arts, Bluming celebrated the 9th dan in  Judo  , the 10th dan in  Kyokushin  Karate,  and the 10th dan in  Hapkido  . He was also the coach of two-time Olympic champion  Willem Ruska  .

Born in  Amsterdam  , he was 13 years old when he began training in  boxing  , but three years later he applied for the Marines to escape poverty and was accepted into training camp in  Doorn  in July 1949. During the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, Bluming was sent to Korea as part  of van Heutz's regiment  . He received several decorations and was injured twice, having to be transferred to  Tokyo  to recover. It was there that he came into contact with Asian martial arts, witnessing a judo exhibition   by  Kyuzo Mifune. at the Kodokan school in March 1953. Determined to try judo when he returned to the Netherlands, Bluming meanwhile trained in  taekkyon  in Korea.

Back in the Netherlands, Bluming trained in judo with Eddy Roosterman and the renowned GFM Schutte, and earned his black belt in three years. In 1957, Bluming was appointed coach of the Dutch national team, which won the European championship at Bellevue the same year, and was also invited to train at a police dojo in  Berlin  ,  Germany  and at a private judo club. Immediately afterwards he received the 3rd dan from Tokio Hirano by beating 75 judokas in 26 minutes and with an injured finger. After winning a few tournaments, he moved to  Halifax  ,  Nova Scotia  , Canada in 1958, where he taught judo at  Dalhousie University. . After a while, he finally moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he supplemented his judo training by learning karate; He first joined the Shotokan school, but soon switched to  Kyokushin  , which was more to his liking.

During his time in Tokyo, he lived with  Donn F. Draeger  and  Robert W. Smith  , and was in the former's judo class, where popular opinion ranked the top 25 judo practitioners in Tokyo. Bluming won his 4th dan after beating  Akio Kaminaga  by strangulation and  Isao Inokuma  by  uchi mata makikomi  . He and Draeger also trained in  bojutsu  ,  iaijutsu,  and  kendo. with Tokyo Police Instructors Takaji Shimizu and Ichitaro Kuroda. Also under Donn's tutelage, Bluming underwent training to move up to a heavier weight class, climbing from his natural 176 lbs to 224 lbs. This brought more success, as Bluming replaced Inokuma in a gonin gake (a judo challenge against five opponents of 3rd dan or higher) and achieved a shocking 4-second record.

After his training in Japan, Bluming received a letter from the Netherlands in which Schutte asked him to return and teach at the old dojo and at the Fan Association for a year under contract. Bluming returned to teach his old friends, make some new ones, and participate in the  1961 World Judo Championships  in Paris in December. However, around this time he fell into a public feud with  Anton Geesink  , who spoke ill of Bluming in the press but repeatedly refused to meet him on the  tatami  . Bluming responded, claiming that Geesink was unworthy of his accomplishments and that Bluming himself was going to "tilt him like a  folding chair "when they fought. Unfortunately for Bluming, he was not allowed to participate in the World Championship due to his role as coach of the Netherlands Amateur Judo Association. He then did a match against all the participants, about 80 judokas from 1st dan to 4th dan, and he threw them all in about four seconds in full view of the press, but even so, Geesink did not retreat to fight him. After seeing Geesink's victory in Paris, Bluming in frustration withdrew from the competition. and focused only on teaching.

Bluming (left) at the premiere of his 1973 film Naakt over de Schutting.

In 1965, Bluming became the first non-Japanese to receive the 6th dan in karate from  Masutatsu Oyama  . This decision was controversial enough among Asian karatekas to force Oyama to put up a challenge in a magazine, challenging any of them to a fight against Bluming in a boxing ring and promising to strip him of the black belt if the Dutchman lost. Oyama was so confident that he also promised a generous reward and vowed to withdraw from Kyokushin school. Only the Korean champion Kwan Mo Gun accepted the challenge and was quickly eliminated by Bluming through  shotei. . Bluming remained a close co-worker of Oyama, but over time he became critical of his policies and eventually dropped out of school due to disagreements with him. founding his own school, Kyokushin Budokai. However, he remained a respected member of the association, obtaining the 9th dan in 1989.

Four years later, Bluming was contacted by  Akira Maeda  of  Fighting Network Rings  , a  professional wrestling  and  mixed martial arts promotion  that had a working arrangement with Oyama himself and Bluming's apprentice  Chris Dolman  . Through Maeda, Masutatsu offered to return as a trainer and mediator with Rings, which Bluming accepted on the condition of expelling  Loek Hollander  from the school. In 1994, after Oyama's death, Kenji Kurosaki awarded Bluming the 10th dan.

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