Passing of Hiro Fujimoto – Co-Founder of Detroit Judo Club


From the USJF:

K. Hiroshi “Hiro” Fujimoto, 88 years old, a pioneer of Konan Yudanshakai and a past president of the USJF, passed away peacefully in Naples Florida, early morning 4/8/2010. His family was at his side.

Fujimoto Sensei was a co-founder of the Detroit Judo Club and helped produce champions and administrators. He did much for the development of the USJF, and we enjoy the fruits of his labors.

His family has requested no flowers, but messages of condolence may be sent to the family care of his son,

Paul Fujimoto
68 Palos Drive
Naples FL 34104

Donations may be sent to:

Avow Hospice of Naples
1095 Whipperwill Lane
Naples FL 34105-3847

Please pass this information along.


One of his many students,
James Walmsley
Morning Star Judo Club
Arizona Yudanshakai

Editor’s Note: The USJF Endowment Trust is also receiving donations in Fujimoto Sensei’s memory. Please make a note on your check, “In Memory of Hiro Fujimoto Sensei”.

6 Responses to “Passing of Hiro Fujimoto – Co-Founder of Detroit Judo Club”

  1. Scott Mazzie Says:

    It is with deep and profound sorrow that I type this note of condolence. I had the opportunity to study under this great man, Sensei Fujimoto, at the Metropolitan Judo Club, here in Dearborn, Michigan.

    Very few men have dedicated their lives to the enhancement of Judo like this fine individual.

    Peace be with us all.

  2. Paul Fujimoto Says:

    A memorial will be held on May 27th 2010 for my father. It will be at 12:30pm, with a luncheon to follow.

    Kirk in the Hills
    1340 West Long Lake Road
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-1335
    (248) 626-2515

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  4. Stuart Lange Says:

    I am so sorry to find that one of the finest men who ever influenced my life has passed away. I hope that Fumico and Paul will understand our lack of knowlage of your fathers passing and accept my most earnest condolences.
    Having your dad and Carduccie slap me around was one of the best experiances of my life.

    Stuart Lange

  5. Paul Fujimoto Says:


    Thanks for your kind words! I think my dad and Carducci, slap everyone around a few times.

    Paul Fujimoto

  6. Vicky Says:

    Paul, I am so sorry to hear about your Father. I am Jim Carducci’s daughter. I remember your Pops very well. I’m stunned and do not know what to say!!!

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