Jim Kojima, a thirty-year veteran of Tree Island Steel, has been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame for his seventy-year dedication to Judo.
In 1953, Jim first began competing as a young 15-year-old judoka with the Steveston Judo Club. He competed in judo in the 1950s and 1960s, earning his black belt in 1957 and by 2018 was promoted to eighth degree (Hachidan) black belt.
Since then, he has been involved as an athlete, coach, referee, official, administrator, board member, and fundraiser—all as a volunteer. Jim has devoted his entire adult life to raising the international profile of judo.
You can still find him teaching judo twice a week at the Steveston Martial Arts Center and he continues to be involved with Judo BC, Judo Canada, and various Richmond community groups.
To read Jim’s full inductee spotlight, click here