When Yeiji “Lanky” Inouye, a R.C.N Petty Officer and Second degree Black belt, came to Victoria, the foundation was laid for what became the Victoria Judo Club. This was in the 1950’s. From these humble beginnings he has become one of Canada’s highest ranking judoka.
On his journey to become the highest ranking judoka in Canada, Mr. Inouye has been President of Judo BC, Chair of the Judo BC Referee Committee, National Councilor, National Coach (1969 World Championships), Chairman of the National Grading Board, Officiated at the Pam-American Championships, Pacific Rim Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games.
But more important than all of his accomplishments is his ongoing commitment to the philosophy of Judo which he has instilled in countless number of Judoka over his more than 60 years of involvement at the local, provincial and national level.
1968 – 1972 President of Judo BC
1994 Sport BC Presidents Award Recipient
1997 Steve Sasaki Award Recipient (Judo BC Life Time Achievement award)
2001 Judo Canada Hall Fame – Builder
2001 Awarded Life Member with Judo Canada
2011 9th degree Black Belt – 1st one awarded in BC, second time in Canada