"Judo" Jack Terry
Additional information courtesy of Grace Moogk
Real name: Charles VanAudenarde
The hatchet man -- judo chop specialist who "could usually break
the skin with the 3rd or 4th blow." Also used the sleeper hold -- which
caused him to be frequently DQd for choking. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario but
grew up in Kitchener. Terry learned to wrestle at the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA.
According to his obituary, Terry won the Canadian amateur wrestling championship
in the 145 pound class in Winnipeg in 1933. He enlisted in the army and taught
judo to servicemen.
He turned professional in 1934 and appeared across the U.S., in Europe, Mexico, and
elsewhere. Terry also used the ring name "The Purple Phantom" at some point
in his career. Was still performing in the early 60s in Florida. Later became the
business manager for Haystack Calhoun. Terry died following a heart attack in 1978.
"England has a fine young wrestler in its midst. He is the globe trotting
Jack Terry Vann. Born near Brussels, Belgium, he migrated to Canada as
a youngster and in Kitchener, Ontario began a brilliant simon-pure career
in 1933. Discovered six months later by [Detroit promoter] Adam Weismuller,
the Belgian laddie, barely 21 years old, made his pro debut in Detroit,
Michigan. Terry feels all the credit for his success should go to
John McIntosh, the Texas promoter, and Dutch Mantell, a colorful figure
that once dominated the middleweight roost."
(From THE RING, December 1938)
"In the ring, he is very rough. His specialties are slugging, choking and
hair pulling. His idol has always been Strangler Lewis. He stands 5'11"
and weighs 197 pounds."
(From THE RING, May 1947)