Professor John Cahill
Around 1938, John was promoted to black belt by Master Okazaki and soon began his own club called Hui Miki Miki which means “lots of pep” in Hawaiian. John taught judo and jujitsu to American servicemen stationed on the Islands throughout World War II.
In 1947, John and Abbie moved their family to the San Francisco Bay area of California. He resumed his trade as a machinist and soon opened a school in Daly City, California. Shortly thereafter, the school was moved to South San Francisco where John taught for nearly fifteen years.
Abbie Cahill was promoted to the rank and title of AJJF Professor in 1956. John Cahill was promoted by Professor Okazaki to “Rank Five” (Godan) on September 18, 1949, through the American Jujitsu Institute.
Professor John Cahill taught hundreds of students during his years as a teacher and was also very successful in judo competitions himself. Many of his students were successful competitors, and his junior program was very popular.
Professor John Cahill died in 1962. Classes were soon taken over by his son, Willy Cahill. The location of the school was moved in that year to San Bruno, California where Willy remains Sensei of Cahill’s Judo Academy. In Retirement since the early sixties, Professor Abbie Cahill died in 1972.
Reprinted from Danzan Ryu: An Unbroken Tradition (1992) by permission of the author, Mary L. Boland.
Additional information provided by Bob McKean, July 9, 2008