Jacques Legrand

Sensei Jacques Legrand


L-R Billy Lahners, Bruce Tupes, Jacques Legrand, George Flanigan

Jacques Legrand

Coach Jacques Legrand and Theron Larroquette


Coach (Sinise)  Jacques Legrand’s 10 degree judan

Keeling L-R BIlly Lahners, Prof, Jim Linn, Brenda, Jacques, Nichol, Amado
Kieth, Mark,Tommy, Highsmith, Cheryl Mintz, Carl Brown, Charles Bernard, Paul Lagrand

Front left Fred Coley Phd
Started out in Navader and found a home at Louisiana Judo Academy

The French team having dinner at coach Theron’s place

Left front row Cap. Billy Lahners  & Pierre Legrand front right
2nd row Unknow, Bruce Tupes, Arthur Boe, Jacques, Bruce Voelker, George Flanigan Dr. Fred Coley, Tommy Hismith

Jacques Legrand at 28 YOA

Jacques Legrand 18 YOA

Jacques Legrand far right

Diann Legrand with horse shoe

L-R Paul Legrand’s friend, Paul Legrand,
Jacques, Paul and Jacques’s mother


JACQUES to the right of swimming captain

L-R Jacques Legrand third

JACQUES upper row second

JACQUES, Nichol and Mother Diann

Jacques with grandson and friend

Jacques Legrand studied the Kawaishi judo system in Paris France. Mikonosuke Kawaishi came to believe that merely transplanting the teaching methods of Japan to the West was inappropriate. He developed an intuitive style of instruction and a numerical ordering of the techniques that he felt was more suitable for the occidental. This seemed to catch on in France and there was a rapid growth of interest in Judo. Jacques Legrand is a product of that very system and subsequently all of his students. He too develop the belt color rankings

Jacques, grandson Bradly, daughter Nicole

Jacques first coach Police captain of Paris

LAJA Coach Jacques Legrand

JACQUES Louisiana Judo Academy center kneeling


Jacques demonstrating how to defend the Judo way


Coach Jacques Legrand
May 30, 1931 – May 31, 2007

Jacques Legrand, age 76 years, departed from this life on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at Canon Hospice in Jefferson, LA. Mr. Legrand is the beloved father of Jacques Legrand, Jr., Christine Delatte and Nicole Johnson. Father-in-law of Capt. Robert Johnson and Chet Delatte. Brother of the late Paul Legrand. Grandfather of R. Bradley Johnson, Laine Johnson and Gabrielle Delatte. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Legrand was a native of Paris, France and a resident of the New Orleans area since 1957. While living in France, he was a Paris Fire Fighter and served in the French Army. He competed on both, the French National and Olympic teams in Swimming and Judo and in 1956 was the French National Champion in Judo. Upon arriving to the United States he became the swimming instructor and lifeguard at Stallings Pool in Gentilly and also Pontchartrain Beach. He was affectionately known as “Coach” to everyone due to his many dedicated years as a Judo instructor. He started his local career as a Judo instructor on Burgundy St. in the French Quarter. For several decades he was the owner and operator of a health and racquetball club in Metairie which was a friendly and inviting place for the members and their friends to gather. Over the years his many Judo trips throughout the country and the world were always full of fun and adventure. Upon his death, Mr. Legrand achieved 10th Dan, which is the highest rank a Judo artist can achieve.

JACQUES Louisiana Judo Academy