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Obituary - Des Tarring
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:00

Des Tarring with Yasuhiro YamashitaWe regret to advise that Des Tarring passed away on July 16th aged 92. Hw was a Life Member and foundation member of the New Zealand Judo Federation Inc (JNZ)

Des will be sadly missed by his wife Beryl and family including their son Steve who is a current JNZ Board Member and also Des’s many judo colleagues & friends.


Des started Judo at Judokwai, Bristol, England and was graded to 4th Kyu in 1947 and to 3rd Kyu in 1948 By Koizumi Sensei and later in 1948 to 2nd Kyu.

Des was in the Royal Marines and it was after his military service that he came to NZ. Subsequent to this his next promotion was to 1st Kyu in early 1956 and then to 1st Dan the following year.

In 1962 the first ever Kodokan Mission came to NZ and Des was promoted to 2nd Dan By Matsumoto Sensei (8th Dan) and Takeuchi Sensei (5th Dan & current All Japan Champion) at the course held in Wellington.

During subsequent years Des was progressively promoted to 6th Dan with his final promotion being a Lifetime Award Grade of 7th Dan in 2000.

Soon after his arrival in NZ he founded Koizumi Kwai in Lower Hutt which is one of our oldest existing clubs.

Over his lifetime, Des was a stalwart member of the Wellington Judo Assn and many local children tournaments have been held at Koizumi Kwai. He was also involved at various times at national level and Koizumi Kwai has also been used for various JNZ technical courses over the years

His involvement at national level included his appointment as coach of the JNZ team to the 1982 Centenary Kano Cup in Tokyo and subsequent tour of Japan. As well as performing his coaching duties Des was responsible for arranging for the team to visit and train at the Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokohama, Japan. The team enjoyed great hospitality and the training session in which they were able to hold their own after some previous hard training sessions with the Nagoya & Osaka Police.

In recognition of his services to Judo NZ, Des was appointed as an Honorary Officer in 1994 and a Life Member in 2006.

Our condolences to Beryl, Steve, family & friends

Service Details: -

The service to celebrate Des’s life will be held at Harbour City Funeral Home Chapel, 665 High Street, Lower Hutt, on Thursday, 26 July at 11.00 am, followed by a private cremation.



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