This thread has died an early death, soooooo:
Was one of America's great Presidents who used to train and study JuJutsu and Judo in the White House and asked that a Sensei be attached to the Japanese Consulate. He also invited Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo to dispatch one of his high-ranking, top disciples, Yoshiaki Yamashita to come and set up a Dojo in the White House.
He never became a Yudansha, but made it to brown belt. In 2007, he was posthumously awarded Hachidan by the USJA. Not bad for being the 26th President of the USA, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor for Bravery in battle:
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
This quote is now on the back of every USJA Membership card.