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Mapua Judo Club since 1950.
In the middle and late 30's some Japanese businessman in the
Philippines introduced judo among the youth and students. Professor
Perfecto Mendiola Jr. who was then an Engineering student of the
Mapua Institute of Technology at Doroteo Jose St., Sta. Cruz, Manila,
took up the sport in one small dojo of Rizal Avenue opposite the
former Opera House under a blackbelt Japanese instructor.
After the 2nd world war, Prof. Mendiola and some of his former
classmates continued practicing the sport. Mr. Lucio Ong put up the
Philippine Judo School in Echague, Manila. Prof. Mendiola founded the
Mapua Judo Club in 1950 and produced the most number of Judo
champions and blackbelters. Prof. Mendiola was himself the 1st
National Judo Champion followed by the late Col. Neile Arcales and
then Mendiola's student Frank Robles got it four times before younger
judokas took over. Jorge Lontok, another student of Mendiola also
organized some clubs in Baguio and Mindanao after he founded his
Caltex Judo Club. Ramon Tiu put up his own Dragon Judo Club with some
of the original instructors coming from his group in Mapua.