Greater Washington
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

James S. Bregman

James S. Bregman

Sport: Judo
Category: Athlete
Primary Team: USA National, Olympics
Year Inducted: 1996

James S. Bregman is an American Judo Champion. He began his judo career at the early age of 12; at the age of 18, he traveled to Japan to practice with top players and coaches. An international contender, he competed in Japan, Europe, Israel, South Africa and Central and Latin America. In 1964, Bregman won a bronze medal in the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan. In 1965, he repeated with a bronze medal at the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and won gold medals at the Pan American Games in Guatemala and at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, where he defeated the super heavyweight champion to become the Grand Champion of the competition. During his brief competitive career, Bregman gained recognition as a judo technician of remarkably superior skill. At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, he assisted with the telecast of Judo events.

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