Story: Martial arts

New Zealand troops in Japan, 1947

Intelligence officer Rod Miller (centre, with beret) and other New Zealand members of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces are shown with Japan's police judo training unit in 1947. While stationed at Matsue in southern Japan, some members of the force learned judo. Listen to Miller describing how his sergeant used him as a sparring partner. Servicemen stationed in Japan helped popularise martial arts in New Zealand after their return home.

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Rod Miller interviewed by Alison Parr, 23 September 2009. Ministry for Culture and Heritage J Force Oral History Project.

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Martial arts - Martial arts to the 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2021)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015