was so very good
naturally at so many things, you might never have known that he took such great
care in learning his whole life. He studied Japanese reading and writing,
just so he could better converse with others from around the globe. And he
was 70 at the time! He hitchhiked across the United states several times
when he finished his tour of duty in the Army. Because of his unassuming nature, you might
never have know that he did accomplish so many things in his life. If you
knew him as "Sensei", you might have never know that he was an
accomplished musician. If you saw him doing ritual work as a Mason, you
would never have dreamed that he used to run 10 miles every other day before
he began his work day at the YMCA.
This is an attempt to document some of
the things in George's life that can be attested to. So many more of his
life's work still live in the hearts and the lives of those that he touched.
"This award is presented to
George Balch, Rokkudan
For distinguished service and lifelong devotion to
the principles of judo.
Alumnus of the Kodokan, promoted to Black belt in
Japan in 1948.
Founded and taught in Judo clubs in five
communities in Southeastern Michigan.
Served as Secretary of Konan Yudanshakai for 10
years, and President for 4 years.
Secretary of the Executive Committee of the United States Judo Federation for
Trustee, Judo Affiliates of Michigan.
Secretary of Michigan Judo Development
Certified as an International Referee in Mexico in
George Balch has been a mentor for youth and
adults alike and is a living part of the history of Judo in Michigan.
For significant accomplishments and meritorious
service to the sport of Judo, we recognize George Balch as a
Judo treasure to be enshrined into the Michigan Judo Hall of Fame.
[ Home ] [ His Story ] [ Accomplishments ] [ YMCA ] [ Masonic Order ] [ Music ] [ Magic ] [ Cowboy ] [ Photo Album ] [ Friends ] [ Family ] [ USJF Scholarship ] [ Add a tribute ] [ George-izms ] [ Tributes ] [ Links ] [ Eulogy ] [ Golf Fundraiser ]