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Kodokan, Bunkyo

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Kodokan , 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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  • Who ever done Judo ever ever heard of the Kodokan, the Academy of the founder of Judo, master Jigoro Kano. Fantastic place, that exudes history, knowledge, and judo. Is an 8 floor building has several historical objects with Museum, judo hall of Fame and the various mats. I had the great joy of coaching there one day where you pay a fee of 800 yen (about 28 dollars) and can do the training you want. I was at practice, which is from randoris 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, I went on a Wednesday, more than 100 Judo training, among them, Aaron Wolf, world light heavyweight champion. Was unforgettable and gratifying.
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  • Not doing judo, judo tour and learn about the history of judo exhibition also are well worth a visit. We felt Judo school facilities are clean and well maintained.
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  • With world-class, top judo and trainers, it's a glorious honor to be able to practice here. Judo originated in this way, as a sports athlete with a passion for judo, the best use of his honor is the eternal maxim. The museum is well equipped and the room is clean and convenient, with a good meal.
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  • I had a great time trying out my limited judo at the Kodokan. English instructions at the international centre helped.
  • Judo Mecca. Be there on the evening to see something happen (see hours attached). You can see randori and classes from above for free. /!\ Don't go if you don't know judo, you'll probably find it boring /!
  • Loved it. I came Saturday before practice and was all alone , great atmosphere
  • If you like judo it is a great place to look around, the museum part is not big but interesting nonetheless
  • My favorite dojo
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