Judo is many
things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a
discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness
program, a means of self-defense or combat, and a way of life.
It is all of these and more.
Kodokan Judo comes to us from the
fighting system of feudal Japan. Founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro
Kano, Judo is a refinement of the ancient martial art of
Jujutsu. Dr. Kano, President of the University of Education,
Tokyo, studied these ancient forms and integrated what he
considered to be the best of their techniques into what is now
the modern sport of Judo.
and Jigoro Kano)
The first ten 10th Dan:
Yoshitugu - 1935
Hajime - 1937
Hidekazu - 1937
Kyuzo - 1945
Kunisaburo - 1946
Kaichiro - 1948
Shotaro - 1948
Kotaro - 1967
Matsutaro - 1969
Shozo - 1977