A LETTER FROM BUD FULLER
Over the years, Professor Estes has recounted stories and anecdotes concerning Professor Okazaki
and his relationship with his students for the purpose of illustrating principles. I’ll recount some of
them for you.
TO BE CONVINCED
It is told that before traveling to the Hawaiian Islands, a man had studied Judo in a school in Los
Angeles and had won a black belt in competition style Judo. One evening he was walking down an
alley, toward a street, and he saw two men attacking a third. One of the attackers was armed with a
knife. The black belter immediately decided to even up the odds and took out one of the men with a
Judo throw, knocking him unconscious. He then turned around to see how the victim of the attack
was doing, with the intention of helping. He found, that to his surprise, the victim was calmly
standing there with his attacker defeated and lying helpless in the gutter. The intended victim of the
vicious attack was Professor Okazaki. He looked at the black belter and observed, “So you know
Judo. “ The black belter, who said that at that time he had a rather inflated regard for his abilities,
replied that he indeed knew Judo. Professor Okazaki thanked him for saving his life, as he put it,
although later the black belt said that he didn’t need his help at all.
Professor Okazaki then told the man that he had a Judo-.Jujutsu school and invited him to attend.
At that time this was indeed a great honor, since it was extremely rare for a Caucasian to be invited
to such a school. He attended and was introduced to the class by Professor Okazaki as a man who
had saved his life. Consequently, he was given the royal treatment. As a mark of special favor,
Professor Okazaki told the black belter that he was going to have him work out with his son.
Professor Okazaki’s son was only about half his size, and as he put it, he felt a little “silly” out
there in front of everyone with this little fellow. However, the feeling was soon dissipat