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Kan-geiko (Mid-winter Training)

Kan-geiko (Mid-winter Training)

It is a continuous 10-day early morning training course held in the dead of winter of January. The session is held from 5:30am to 7:30am. This traditional training started back in 1884 and was originally a month long training course starting at 4 am.
Over 300 trainees come to practice just before they go to school or work.
A certificate is given at the closing ceremony to those who complete the training with a perfect attendance record.
Kodokan main building and Kodokan International Judo Center

Kodokan main building and Kodokan International Judo Center

The main building (right) was built in 1958 and the Judo Center (left) was built in 1984.
Statue of founder of Kodokan Judo: Professor Jigoro Kano

Statue of founder of Kodokan Judo: Professor Jigoro Kano

This monument was made by the sculptor Mr. Fumio Asakura who was a personal friend of Prof. Kano. The signboard of Kodokan in Chinese characters, hanged behind the statue, and was curved based on Prof. Kano’s hand writing. This board has been used since the 1920’s when the Kodokan was located in Suidobashi.
The Kodokan main dojo with 420 Tatami mats

The Kodokan main dojo with 420 Tatami mats

We have 6 dojos: the main dojo, an international dojo, a women’s dojo, a children’s dojo, a school dojo and a special dojo. The upper level of the main dojo has a seating capacity of 900. Visitors are always welcome to watch Judo training from this seating.
Kodokan Library and Museum

Kodokan Library and Museum

This hall exhibits memorabilia of Prof. Jigoro Kano like his Judo-gi, letters written by himself, and historical Judo and Kodokan related materials.
All Japan Judo Contest for High Dan Holders

All Japan Judo Contest for High Dan Holders

This contest is held every year on April 28th with participants of 5th dan holders and higher grades. The first contest was held on May 4th in 1949 commemorating the day Prof. Jigoro Kano’s passed away.
Summer Course

Summer Course

This special seasonal training course is held in July and August. Every year, over one hundred participants attend both from Japan and abroad. We have 4 courses specializing in Kata, Technique, Women, and Children.
Prof. Jigoro Kano demonstrating Ukigoshi

Prof. Jigoro Kano demonstrating Ukigoshi

Prof. Jigoro Kano demonstrating Ukigoshi for the students of a higher normal school. (Uke: Yoshitsugu Yamashita 10th dan)
(copyright: Judo Hyakunen no Rekishi)
Prof. Jigoro Kano and Kyuzo Mifune 10th dan

Prof. Jigoro Kano and Kyuzo Mifune 10th dan

Prof. Jigoro Kano (right) and Kyuzo Mifune 10th dan (left) in Jigotai (defensive position)
(copyright: the Kodokan Judo Museum)
Hideichi Nagaoka 10th dan

Hideichi Nagaoka 10th dan (left) demonstrating Kime-no-Kata

(copyright: the Kodokan Judo Museum)
Judo training at the Shimotomisaka Dojo

Judo training at the Shimotomisaka Dojo

(copyright: the Kodokan Judo Museum)
Students gathered at the Shimotomisaka Dojo

Students gathered at the Shimotomisaka Dojo

(copyright: the Kodokan Judo Museum)
Demonstrating dual practice of Ju-shiki from the Seiryoku-zenyo Kokumin Taiiku

Demonstrating dual practice of Ju-shiki from the Seiryoku-zenyo Kokumin Taiiku

Demonstrating dual practice of Ju-shiki (forms of gentleness) from the Seiryoku-zenyo Kokumin Taiiku at the All Japan Judo Championship in 1939.
(copyright: the Kodokan Judo Museum)