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Ludwig Prass was born in the Derendorf district as one of three sons. At the age of fourteen years (1933), he started in Jiu-Jitsu Club Dusseldorf with his training.
Ludwig W. Prass was in World War II used in France and Russia on the front and during the Second World War, a total of seven seriously injured. The most serious injury he suffered in 1943 at the great battles around Kharkov in Ukraine today, as the splinters of an exploding near grenade through his right eye penetrated into his head. For medical care they brought him to Heidelberg, but the doctors there did not believe that Ludwig W. Prass would with such severe injuries survive the night. But he fought and the doctors could save his life finally. However, he lost his right eye and retained shrapnel back in the brain. He used the time to recovery to study sport and to be trained as a sports teacher. Soon he was sent back to the front. Again at the front took his troops after a battle an English soldier on with serious abdominal injuries. Ludwig W. Prass realized that they would not be able to save the lives of the young Englishman on the battlefield and without adequate medical care. He immediately organized under white flags repatriation of wounded soldiers to the English troops. As in 1945, Germany is losing the war gets Ludwig W. Prass, wounded again, in English captivity, where he first mistaken for an American officer - is services and doctors. There he met Japanese prisoners him next jujitsu also the art of Judo further mediated. Even with bandage around his head, he began again throws, armbar and neck bars to train.
Paving the way for Budo in Germany
In 1946, Ludwig W. Prass returned as 100 percent disabled veteran to Dusseldorf, which was completely in ruins. The surviving residents had lost everything - possessions, friends and family members as well as their self-esteem. Ludwig W. Prass saw that he had to help the people of Düsseldorf. Not only the city had to be rebuilt, but also its people. In early 1947 matured his decision to open a school for East Asian martial arts. However, the victorious Allies forbade any form of martial arts. There were also destroyed in Dusseldorf barely intact buildings and virtually no materials of any kind to a school to found.
Mr. Ludwig W. Prass went over a year every two days for the provincial government to obtain authorization for the opening of a sports school. But without success. In the spring of 1948 an English officer was staying as a guest of the government president. This officer saw Ludwig W. Prass to its distinctive exterior. He was the uncle of the English soldiers, the Ludwig W. Prass had sent in the war back to the English troops. The young soldier had survived and his uncle tells the story of his rescue.
In gratitude, helped the English officer Ludwig W. Prass and finally on May 13, 1948, he received the approval of the British Control Commission.  This was a real milestone for martial arts in Germany: with this act of Judo was released in West Germany.
Establishing the judo school Dusseldorf
Ludwig W. Prass founded the judo school Dusseldorf on June 6, 1949. However, he got the support, personally to act as guarantors for each of its students. To start his school Ludwig W. Prass was allowed to share the permission to the premises of a boxing clubs in Düsseldorf's Gerresheim on the Heyestraße. By rapidly growing membership which drew judo school four times over 10 years around the school to 1960, on the Liebigstraße.
Milestones in Budo
1952 W. Ludwig Prass Professor Risei Kano - then president of the world's oldest Judo Institute, the Kodokan in Tokyo - in addition to the German excellent even with the Japanese master degree (black belt). He also appointed him a member of the Kodokan . For a non-Japanese, this was a great honor especially Risei Kano not only president of the Kodokan but also son of Jigoro Kano , the founder of Judo was. At that time there were all 24 Master (black belts and black belt) in Germany. Together with the few Dan-makers who had survived the war, he founded the German Judo Federation and the German-Dan College . A short time later he called the Judo Club Dusseldorf to life.
1952 taught Ludwig W. Prass addition to Judo first Jiu Jitsu . He gathered the remaining members of the former Jiu-Jitsu Club Dusseldorf in his judo school , trained with them and activated the JJC new.
Mid-fifties studied Ludwig W. Prass Professor Hoang Nam in Paris Karate and led this martial art finally 1958 in Dusseldorf.
Mid-60s lived Isamu Kamagata for half a year in the dojo of Judo Sports School and established so with Ludwig W. Prass contact and brought the Seigo Ryu Karate to Germany.
In 1958 he met his future wife Ursula know that he married two years later. 1960 his first child was born, daughter Sabine. Two years later, following son Norbert, In 1963 his son Ulrich on the world.
From 1979 to 1982, Ludwig W. Prass sent his two sons Norbert and Ulrich to Japan. Norbert trained in Kodokan in Tokyo Judo , Ulrich trained dewiki: Karate Dojo of Soshi Kamagata , at Chiba Sports Academy.
In May 1983, he was due to his services to the Karate Trek "director honorary of Nippon Karate-do Conference All " appointed. In the coming years, he joined in close contact with the Balearic judo teachers for his Jiu-Jitsu spread system. In 1991 he was appointed out of the "Asociacion Balear de Entidades de Artes Marciales" honorary member. In addition, he developed Ki-Jitsu , a new, gentle martial art method which is particularly suitable for the elderly.
end of life
Into old age of 91 years he was still regularly on the mat and taught. On April 5, 2014 Ludwig Wilhelm Prass died at the age of 95 years peacefully in his sleep.
Graduations and Title
10. Dan Jiu Jitsu
6th Dan Judo
6. Dan dewiki: Karate
Member of the Kodokan, Tokyo
Director of "All Japan Karate-do Conference" Japan