Haku Michigami, now eighty-nine years of age, still trains and teaches judo in Bordeaux, France, where he currently resides.

In 1912, Michigami was born in Yawata-hama of Ehime prefecture. As a young boy, he was very all-rounded and stood out in many martial arts including sumo, kendo, and karate. He was especially skilled at judo, receiving 3 Dan as a junior high school student, which was an exceptionally fast advancement. Stories of Michigami were often the topic of conversations in the Ehime area.
   
As an undergraduate, he enrolls in Ritsumeikan University.

A year later, he matriculates in the Dai-Nihon Budo Senmon Gakkou in Kyoto(aka Busen), which was the only school in Japan specialized in raising martial arts educators. (As a second year junior high student, Michigami had defeated a second year Busen captain in a match)

Busen takes only 20 students each year.

Out of the 500 plus applicants, Michigami passes with the second highest score on the paper examination and places first in the skills test.
   
In a strict environment where the main principle was to respect tradition, many dropped out from the intense training. However, Michigami often led the team as a captain and was invincible in expedition games.

In the 4 years at Busen, Michigami learned judo theory, kinestheology, hygienic, physiology, law, education, classic Japanese, and Confucianism. The product of all these work was the license to become a judo professor.

After graduation, Michigami leaves for Kochi High School at the request of the headmaster of Busen. He spreads his name there by becoming the captain of the Kochi prefecture judo team and competing in inter-prefecture games. Two years later, he gets a job as a professor at the Shanghai Toa Dobunshoin University(the most competitive University in Asia back then), and leaves for China with his newly-wed wife in 1940.

As Michigami taught many students, he was also challenged by many foreigners. Every time this happened, Michigami always answered with a sweeping victory.

During the times as a professor at Shanghai, Michigami still won many tournaments whenever he went back to Japan. In 1941, he was awarded a professor's degree which was appointed by the Showa emperor. At the same time, his rank as a judoist had also increased to 6 Dan.

With the turmoil from World War II, Japanese students were disabled to study in China. Consequently, Michigami also returns to Japan during the summer of 1945.

The war ends shortly after his return. Although Michigami had no choice but to live back at his home village for a few years, he resumes his career as a judo master in 1948. He also receives 7 Dan 3 years later.
   
 
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