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Kodokan, Bunkyo

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, or the Kodokan Institute, is the headquarters of the worldwide judo community. Literally, kō means "to lecture", dō means "way," and kan is "a public building" together translating as "a place for the study of the way." The Kodokan was founded in 1882 by Kanō Jigorō, the founder of judo, and is now an eight-story building in Tokyo.FunctionThe Kodokan Institute offers classes for those who want to master judo. The program is authorized as a non-regular school by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Its courses include the theories and practice of judo, and matters of general education. The course is divided into two parts: a general course for novices, and special courses for those who have completed the general course or its equivalent.The Kodokan also issues ranks, and many judoka (practitioners of judo) around the world become Kodokan members and have their ranks registered with the Kodokan.The Institute was founded with only nine disciples. The growth of judo in its early years is demonstrated by the growth of the Kodokan itself: 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.
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  • As my son practices judo in the UK so this was a unique experience not to be missed. I made enqueries before our trip to Tokyo and the International Dept were very helpful with their responses. Blink ...  read more »
  • If you practice judo is a must. You can go a few friendly fights with the Japanese judokas. I loved this experience. For non practicing it is also possible to see the fights in the stands free of charge.
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  • This is the holy ground which every self-respecting judoka had to visit at last once in its life. For me it was the first visit to the Kodokan, but it certainly will not be the last! 
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  • "This dojo was founded in 1882 by Jigorō Kanō, who is the founder of judo."
  • Wow... It was special to me. Thanks.
  • I'm Judoka since I have reason. The feeling go closer to the Center it's indescribable and you get made that he felt me like a child at Christmas. It is a must-see for anyone who has walked a doyo sometime in their life. I was lucky to find my compatriots at the same door, which I do guide and leave me a judogi. I keep the photos as a treasure.
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  • Master judo and ciempre amare and thanks to my sensey soribel paulino... Today soy.judoka y.graacias aa cano jigoro to create it
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