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95-Year-Old Great-Grandfather And Judo Sensei Master Says It's His Secret To A Long Life

Jack Hearn takes part in a campaign with Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric. (PA REAL LIFE/Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric)

A great-grandad dubbed Britain's oldest judo sensei master at the age of 95 claims the martial art is the secret to a long and happy life.


War veteran Jack Hearn, 95, from Cramlington, Northumberland, has been teaching the sport for almost 70 years, and continues to travel around the country taking classes.

Demonstrating his knowledge of the art, he has been awarded his ninth Dan black belt – an instructor who is nine degrees above a standard black belt – and is hoping to achieve the 10th Dan, the highest you can get, next year.

Jack Hearn takes part in a campaign with Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric. (PA REAL LIFE/Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric)

Marking his 96th birthday in September, Jack, who has four children – retired Marilyn Kilmister, 68, Carolyn Richfield, 49, a rental agent, Jacci Hearn, 47, who works in security, and John Hearn 45, who works for Siemens, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchild – swears the sport has helped him to live longer, saying: “Everyone should get off their butts and do something."

Widower Jack, a retired dockworker, regularly teaches people of all ages at clubs across the country.

He said: “I fell in love with judo right away, I just took to it like a duck to water and now I've been doing it for 68 years. I would say it is the secret to a long life."

Jack Hearn with Phil Tuffnell and Graeme Swann who go head to head in a series of challenges set by Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric. (PA REAL LIFE/Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric)

He continued: “It's a very active sport and you have to do a lot of physical training like push ups, sit ups and knee ups.

“I can still touch the floor with my hands flat and I still get on my back with my legs cycling in the air. I walk up and down the stairs a number of times just for the exercise.

“I get such pleasure in teaching the younger generations and passing on the knowledge. You can have a lot of fun with it when you let them throw you down as well."

Jack continued: “People who do judo are the most calm people you will meet. They are not interested in fisticuffs at all."

Judo is described by the Merriam Webster dictionary as a martial art that emphasizes the use of quick movement and leverage to throw an opponent.

Losing track of the amount of people he has taught over the years, Jack has coached children who have gone on to compete at international level, after setting up a judo school in North Shields in the 1950s with his brother Bob, who passed away more than twenty years ago in his seventies.

Jack Hearn (PA REAL LIFE/COLLECT)

He explained: “I first started in 1951. Before that I was a racing cyclist, but I had an appendicitis and had to have an operation, so the doctor told me, 'No more cycling.'

“My brother Bob went to a judo club so I decided to look at doing that instead and I just took to it.

“I was really curious because it was man-to-man rather than a team game. You would just crash land until you learned how to fall properly."

Jack Hearn with Phil Tuffnell and Graeme Swann who go head to head in a series of challenges set by Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric. (PA REAL LIFE/Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric)

“In 1954 my brother and I decided we would start our own judo club in North Shields," Jack recalled.

“We couldn't afford a lot of the equipment, so we would make our own judo mats out of sawdust and old army canvas, or material taken from lifebelts.

“The club became really popular. The room we taught in was 25ft by 15ft and there were as many as 70 people practicing in there. It went from strength to strength."

In 1954 Jack went to college to gain a teaching qualification and has gone on to coach people who have competed at championship level. He has also refereed international competitions across Europe.

Jack, who used the Japanese name Hoko Jun at competitions and still uses it when teaching, continued: “I was talking to a Japanese student from Newcastle University and asked if he could give me a Japanese name.

“He called me 'Hoko Jun.' 'Jun' means 'shield' and 'Hoko' is 'north' so when translated it meant 'defender of the north.' Wherever I went the name Hoko Jun followed."

Jack explained: “I wasn't interested in getting trophies and medals, but I was really interested in the culture and history of judo."

Based in Italy with the Army during the Second World War, Jack, who joined up as a soldier when he was 18, drove ammunition around Europe and was training as a ski trooper just as the war was ending.

On returning to North Shields, Jack, who has been married twice – getting divorced from his first wife Mary after 24 years when their relationship stopped working and then being married again to his second wife, who he does not want to name, for 15 years, until she died 30 years ago – became a dock worker.

Jack Hearn with his daughters (PA REAL LIFE/COLLECT)

He loaded and unloaded cargo at the North Shields ferry port, as well as teaching judo in his spare time.

“It's a really nice feeling to see a child progress until they get up to the level of a black belt, or to see them enter championships or win gold medals. It makes me feel like I've done a good job," he said.

“Judo teaches people to respect and have a good feeling for other people. One of the main things I teach is respect. Without that we are nothing."

Jack Hearn with Phil Tuffnell and Graeme Swann who go head to head in a series of challenges set by Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric. (PA REAL LIFE/Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric)

“You do not go into a fight hoping to damage the other person. You have a nice feeling about the other person," Jack said.

Jack would travel up and down the country teaching the sport and would often make the trip from Newcastle down to London and back again in a day.

He also traveled across Europe, where he would meet Japanese judo teachers who would pass on their knowledge.

Jack Hearn with Phil Tuffnell and Graeme Swann who go head to head in a series of challenges set by Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric. (PA REAL LIFE/Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric)

“When it comes to taking exams, they will give you the command in Japanese and you answer in English and vice versa, so you do have to have knowledge of the Japanese language as it is the spirit of judo," he said.

Jack now has his 9th Dan black belt, which is a ranking system used by Japanese martial arts organizations to indicate ability.

The highest grade is the 10th Dan, which he hopes to achieve in 2020.

“If I live that long I hope to get it," he joked.

“I took my 9th Dan in 2010, so the way the ranking works is I have to wait 10 years, until 2020 until I get my 10th Dan.

“The time between each Dan depends on what level you are. For example, when you have your 4th Dan you have to wait five years until you can try for the fifth then six years until the sixth and so on."

Jack Hearn with Phil Tuffnell and Graeme Swann who go head to head in a series of challenges set by Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric. (PA REAL LIFE/Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric)

Jack explained: “I will be put before a technical board who will decide whether to award me with the 10th Dan . I won't have to do any more fighting because they have seen me fight in the past and they have seen the knowledge I have.

“To be a good teacher you need the knowledge and a good few years of practice under your belt.

“At the moment I'm a technical adviser within the judo association, so I travel to clubs around the country offering advice and I'm Britain's oldest active judo master."

Jack, who also enjoys ballroom and sequence dancing twice a week, said the main thing is to keep active as you get older.

To highlight this, he is taking part in a campaign with Seven Seas supplements, which has involved him teaching judo to former international cricketers Phil Tufnell and Graeme Swann.

He said: “I want to live for as long as I can."

Jack Hearn with Phil Tuffnell and Graeme Swann who go head to head in a series of challenges set by Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric. (PA REAL LIFE/Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Tumeric)

He continued: “If you sit in the house and watch television you become inactive and your body starts to slip away and you soon die.

“People need to get off their butt and do something to keep the body and mind active.

“You don't need to become a judo master, but just get out and walk, take a trip to the local community center and meet people."

He added: “That's why I've been working with Seven Seas JointCare Supplex & Turmeric to emphasize the importance of keeping physically fit to feel healthy and happy.

“As long as you are breathing get out and do something."

For more information on the campaign visit www.seven-seas.com.

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel

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Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.

calypsodweller

We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.

cookiearthquake

A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest

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Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.

FrankDrakman

Damn! That's smart. Wow.

fangxx456

Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.

DankeyKang11

The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.

oddstodd

Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.

Subwoofy

I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed

draculacletus

Sleeping Beauty

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I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.

DrMethusael

Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.

All-Seeing_Elon

I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.

smerter

A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.

Augumenti

This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.

blackbird77

Put This To The Taste

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My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.

turkeypr0

So what was the candy?

Poster_Main

Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."

turkeypr0

This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.

GodOfTheThunder

The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"

NO!

"Does it go on my head?"

NO! IT GOES ON ME!

"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"

NO!

"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"

NO!

[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.

insertcaffeine

Some Foot For Thought.

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My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.

Splittsky

That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.

PJQueen

Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.

SheaRVA

I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.

laik72

This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.

Galaxy_Ranger_Bob

The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.

AppealToReason16

The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'

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I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.

pedanticProgramer

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