Professor Imi Okazaki-Mullins

Louise Imiko Okazaki was born on October 10, 1938, and was the youngest daughter of Professor Henry Seishiro Okazaki.  She began practicing jujitsu with her sisters Betty and Myrtle when she was a child.  Their father taught them jujitsu and massage techniques from the very beginning of their training.

Imi and her sisters also learned jujitsu from Iwalani Tanaka and Jackie Wong.  In the early sixties, the three of them studied with Keiko Fukuda, the highest ranked female judoka in the Kodokan.

Imi taught both Kodenkan and Kodokan techniques until 1970 when she had to retire for health reasons.  In 1993, Professor Clyde Zimmerman encouraged Imi to come out of retirement and return to teaching.  In 1994, Professor Mullins was promoted to Godan and Professor by Shoshin Ryu.

She was an ardent supporter of Danzan Ryu  and would appear at nearly any reunion where her father was honored.  In 2004 she was promoted to Shichidan, seventh degree, by Shoshin Ryu.

At numerous Shoshin Ryu reunions Professor Mullins taught Fujin Goshin No-Maki and was always on hand with her big smile and wonderful spirit.

Professor Imi Mullins went in for surgery and the surgeons ran into complications associated with her procedure.  She passed away on January 5, 2008.

 

Professor Imi Mullins, Professor Bill Fischer, and Sensei Hayward Nishioka at a 1992 judo clinic