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Ju-Jitsu mourns loss of ‘friend and visionary’ Herbert Frese


16 Mar 2014
United Arab Emirates: The global ju-jitsu community is in mourning following the loss of a great friend and an extraordinary fighter, Herbert Frese. The Sports Director of the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union, Joachim (Joe) Thumfart, released a statement on behalf of the JJIF Board concerning the passing of Mr Frese during the night of March 11.

“He was a fighter, and he fought his illness with great courage and optimism,” said the statement.

“Although things were not always looking good, he stayed strong and active, helping and being involved in JJIF and JJEU (Europe) projects.

“Above all he was there when we needed a leader – a leader to set an example and with professionalism; a quiet voice but with a strong ethical and moral code.

“We have lost a sportsman, a brother in martial arts, a great visionary and, above all, a good friend. We express our deepest sympathy to Herbert’s wife, Sina, and their family. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.”

A keen boxer and karate practitioner, Herbert took up judo and ju-jitsu in 1979 and is the author of six books and a video on self-defence and personal safety. Among his many roles he was President of the German Ju-Jitsu Federation from 2000 to 2010, President of the Ju-Jitsu European Union from 2012 and Honorary JJIF President from 2013.

Ju-Jitsu mourns loss of ‘friend and visionary’ Herbert Frese

United Arab Emirates, March 16, 2014: The global ju-jitsu community is in mourning following the loss of a great friend and an extraordinary fighter, Herbert Frese.

The Sports Director of the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union, Joachim (Joe) Thumfart, released a statement on behalf of the JJIF Board concerning the passing of Mr Frese during the night of March 11.

“He was a fighter, and he fought his illness with great courage and optimism,” said the statement.

“Although things were not always looking good, he stayed strong and active, helping and being involved in JJIF and JJEU (Europe) projects.

“Above all he was there when we needed a leader – a leader to set an example and with professionalism; a quiet voice but with a strong ethical and moral code.

“We have lost a sportsman, a brother in martial arts, a great visionary and, above all, a good friend. We express our deepest sympathy to Herbert’s wife, Sina, and their family. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.”

A keen boxer and karate practitioner, Herbert took up judo and ju-jitsu in 1979 and is the author of six books and a video on self-defence and personal safety. Among his many roles he was President of the German Ju-Jitsu Federation from 2000 to 2010, President of the Ju-Jitsu European Union from 2012 and Honorary JJIF President from 2013.
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