A History of the Kodokan - University of Montana Judo website.

Two months of training at the Kodokan - Description of life in the Kodokan Hostel.

Eisho-ji Tempel first dojo of Kano (1882)

Kodokan Today

Today, the Kodokan has 1,206 mats across the five main dojo (training halls)—Main, School, International, Women's, and Boys'—plus a special dojo for retired judoka and special technique study purposes.

KODOKAN  (講道館 („Institute for study of the way”)

 

 

JUDO training hall, Tokyo the Mecca of JUDO in Japan. The first KODOKAN was opened by KANO at Shitaya in 1882 and consisted of only 12 mats. At present housed in an eight storey building, at 16-31, I-Chome, Kasuga-cho, Bukyo-ku, Tokyo, it has facilities for eating sleeping as well as large training areas. The KODOKAN has kept a watchful eye on the development of the sport; most of the leading 1st DAN may have their grades registered there. The cream of Japan’s JUDOKA plus a number of selected foreigners make up kenshusei.

 

The Institute was founded with only nine disciples (Shiro Saigo, Yamashita Yoshiaki,

Yokoyama Sakujiro, and Tsunejiro Tomita.)

 

KODOKAN Institutes (1882 - till today)

 

  • 12 mats - May 1882, at the Eishōji, a Buddhist temple in Ueno
  • 40 mats - Spring 1887, at Shinagawa's house, Kōjimachi
  • 107 mats - February 1894, at Koishikawa-chō, Shimotomisaka-chō
  • 314 mats - January 1898, at Ōtsuka Sakashita-chō
  • 986 mats - March 1958, at 2-chome, Kasuga-chō, Bunkyo, Tokyo

 

Today, the Kodokan has 1,206 mats across the five main dojo (training halls)—Main, School, International, Women's, and Boys'—plus a special dojo for retired judoka and special technique study purposes.

 

Presidents of KODOKAN

 

1st KANO Jigoro 1882-1938

2nd Nango Jiro 1938-1946

3rd Kano Risei 1946 -1980

4th Kano Yukimitsu 1980-2009

5th Uemura Haruki 2009 – till Present

 

For READING

·         Kano Jigoro,” Kodokan Judo”, Kodansha International, 1986, 264p, ISBN-13: 9784770017994

·         Masumoto David, An introduction to Kodokan Judo: History and philosophy”, Tokyo, Japan, Hon-No-Tomosha, 1996, 316p, ISBN 4894390426.

·         http://www.kodokan.org

 

 

Statue of Jigorō Kanō outside The Kodokan Institute