The Professor Bert Aspinall Award

The Professor Bert Aspinall Award

Professor Bert Aspinall

Professor Bert Aspinall was a student of Professor Ray Law and later established his own dojo at a church in East Oakland, CA. He was a man of faith, and taught his students to trust in God. In an article he wrote for the Kiai Echo in 1993, he said, “Let your mind be strong with sincerity that can pierce iron and stone. Repay the favors of nature, work for the public good, make yourself a man who nature is pleased to live with.” As a memorial to the great teachings he lived by, Prof. Bert Aspinall donated an award to the AJJF which is given by the AJJF Board of Professors (BOP). It is to be awarded to an AJJF member, below the rank and title of Professor, who has given an inordinate amount of himself or herself in the support of the AJJF. The recipient need not be a jujitsu student, but a member who has donated a large part of his or her time in service to the organization. Past recipients are listed below. The AJJF and the BOP owe a debt of gratitude to the many individuals who work so hard to support and promote the AJJF and Master Okazaki’s teachings.

Recipients of the Bert Aspinall Award

YearRecipient YearRecipient
2014Steve Balzac2015Steve Balzac
2012Kevin Colton 2013 Filiberto Gutierrez
2010Monica Villanueva 2011Dominic Beltrami
2008Nerissa Freeman 2009Katie "Murph" Stevens
2006Robert Hodgkin 2007Pete St. Pierre
2004Tom Ryan 2005Hillary Kaplowitz
2002Matt Bigham 2003Cynthia Frueh
2000Bob Karnes 2001Randy Schuster
1998Edward Shatzen 1999Loretta Silvagni
1996Patricia Rebmann 1997Betty Fisher
1994Tanja Brekke 1995Rich and Nancy Young
1992Brian Fennen 1993Roy Lonnberg
1990Vern Brekke 1991Jan Ball
1988Barbara Gessner 1989Carl Dozier