Professor William Montero

Professor William Montero was born in Hawaii in 1916.  In the early 1930s he became interested in Judo and studied and competed in the art.  In 1935 he asked Professor Okazaki about training in Jujitsu.  In addition to learning Jujitsu from Professor Okazaki and John Cahill, Professor Montero learned the arts of Bokendo from Professor Okazaki.

During World War II, Professor Montero assisted Professor Okazaki with the hand-to-hand combat courses he taught to U.S. Soldiers in Hawaii.

After the war, Professor Montero moved to San Jose, California.  He opened the Pacific Judo Academy in 1949 and taught there for the next thirty years.

In 1949 Professor Bud Estes asked Professor Montero to join the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation.  He was awarded an “instructor” black belt in 1949 and a “Professor” rank in 1953.

In the 1960s he started teaching the arts of bokendo in hisPacificJudoAcademyand eventually taught some of the techniques of the art to many of the crowd control units in the police forces around Santa Clara County.

In 1981 he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and continued to hold seminars for his senior black belts in the arts of Danzan Ryu and restorative massage.

Professor Montero was the Dai Shihan (senior professor) of Kodenkan Yudanshakai, headed by Professor Joe Holck based in Tucson.  He passed away on October 28, 1992, in Colorado Springs.