Sarah Mayer

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Sarah Mayer (October 16,1896–1957), was an English female judoka.[4][5]

Sarah Mayer
BornSarah Winifred Benedict Mayer [1]
( 1896-10-16)October 16, 1896
London, England
Died1957 (aged 60–61)
Teacher(s)Gunji Koizumi
Kanō Jigorō[1]
RankBlack belt[2][3]


Mayer was born on 16 October 1896, in London.[6]

Mayer first trained in judo by Gunji Koizumi at the Budokwai in the 1920s.[7] In 1934, she travelled to Japan to expand her knowledge in judo by studying at the Kodokan. In February 23, 1935, she became the first non-Japanese woman to obtain a black belt.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Woman's Judo". IJF. October 13, 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  2. ^ "Sarah Mayer: The First Non-Japanese Woman Awarded Black Belt Rank in Judo". Judo. October 13, 2012. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  3. ^ The Way of Judo. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  4. ^ "6th International Science of Judo Symposium, Rotterdam". Judospace. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  5. ^ "A Contemporary History of Women's Sport, Part One". Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  6. ^ Oxford dictionary of national biography. British Academy., Oxford University Press. (Online ed.). Oxford. ISBN 9780198614128. OCLC 56568095.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Series Producer Ben Southwell, Director Andy Hall, Producer Andy Hall, Executive Producer Michael Poole (24 February 2013). "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: The Rise of Martial Arts in Britain". Series 12. Season 12. Episode 9. Event occurs at 19:43–22:00. BBC. BBC Four.
  8. ^ "Sarah Mayer: The First Non-Japanese Woman Awarded Black Belt Rank in Judo – Judo Info". Judo Info – Online Dojo. 1918-01-26. Retrieved 2019-06-13.