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There are many trainees from all over the world who come to Japan to study Judo at the Kodokan. More and more people are also applying for Kodokan Judo while staying in Japan for business. Classes are organized according to the level of students. Besides these, there are also courses for groups as well as private classes with special instructors. Many of the foreigners who have studied at the Kodokan engage in leading the youth after they go back to their home countries. It is said that the Kodokan is really playing a big role for popularization and promotion of Judo in the world.
Kodokan Judo Institute offers accommodation for enthusiasts at their hostel. Your purpose should be that of training Judo to be eligible to stay there. Also you have to apply and submit your travelling details, your sex, date of birth, judo experience if any, target dates for check in and check out. Plus your companions details if applicable. During tournaments and when capacity is limited, the single room might have to be used by teachers only and you can stay in a shared room with a maximum capacity of 20 students.
For those who want to master Judo, the Kodokan offers classes. The program is authorized as a non regular school by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The courses include the theories and practice of Judo, and matters of general education. Judo classes start every 1st of each month. The final day for enrollment is on the 10th of each month.
Judo is loved by all generations. You can see people of all ages from six to over eighty years, and people of all professions, nationalities, and sexes enjoying Judo at the Kodokan. They all have their own purposes.
Some of them want to be strong, some want to be healthy, some want to strengthen their mind, some want to appreciate the pleasant feeling after perspiring, some want to be able to defend themselves, some want to become instructors of Judo, and some are already devoted to training others.
Why is Judo attracting people of all ages and people with so many different purposes? Prof. Kano created Judo from Jujutsu as the means to learn the great principle of humanity, not only to learn Waza. He named the training institution "Kodokan". The word "Kodo" means to learn, prove and practice the principle.
The fact that Prof. Kano named Judo "Kodokan Judo" shows us how he made much of the principle and made it a principal objective of life to learn. Prof. Kano himself said that the purpose of Judo is to strengthen body by practicing attack and defense, to complete the personality by training the mind, and finally to devote oneself to society.
The principle and ideal of Judo is "Maximum-efficiency" and "Mutual welfare and benefit." Waza is based on the fundamental principle of Judo that is, "Maximum Efficient Use of Mind and Body". The theories of Tsukuri and Kake are expressing the principle from Waza's viewpoint.
Waza is based on the fundamental principle of Judo that is, "Maximum Efficient Use of Mind and Body". The theories of Tsukuri and Kake are expressing the principle from Waza's viewpoint. Tsukuri is made up of Kuzushi which means to destroy your opponent's posture or balance, and "holding yourself ready" to make your attack easier. To actually apply your contemplated technique, when his posture has already been broken by Tsukuri, is called Kake.
Tsukuri and Kake can also be called technical principles of Judo. While you are practicing Tsukuri and Kake, both depend upon the fundamental principle of "Mutual welfare and benefit" and "Maximum efficiency," you can understand and master the principle which can be applied to all phases of human life. You proceed from Waza to Way by practicing Judo.
There are two principal ways of practicing Judo: Kata and Randori. Kata, which literally means "form," is practiced following a formal system of prearranged exercise, while Randori, meaning "free exercise," is practiced freely. Kata of Judo is the best way of defense and attack in various cases, being theoretically systematized. In the Kodokan, the following are the eight main Katas adopted.
Kata taught in Kodokan
Nagenokata (Forms of throwing): Three representative techniques are chosen from each of five Nagewazas.
Katakame-no-kata (Forms of grappling or holding): Five model techniques are chosen from each of three Katamewazas.
Kime-no-kata (Forms of decision): This is to learn the most valuable techniques in an actual fight. They consist of the techniques in a kneeling position and in a standing position.
Ju-no-kata (Forms of gentleness): The ways of attack and defense are arranged in very gentle and expressive movements.
The Kodokan Goshin-jutsu (Forms of self-defense): The modern technique of self-defense consists of empty-handed techniques and techniques with weapons.
Itsutsu-no-kata (Forms of "five"): These forms are incomplete though they should have been included in the parts of the great Judo system by Prof. Kano.
Koshiki-no-kata (Antique forms): Prof. Kano revised and adopted these forms so as to show the substance of Judo.
Seiryoku-zenyo-kokumin-taiku: This is the form of National Physical Education.
Kodokan Judo is a Japanese martial art which was established by Jigoro Kano in 1882. He mastered two styles of Jujutsu, an art of attack and defense without a use of arms in battlefields. Seeing it educationally valuable, Kano Shihan aspired to spread the knowledge among the young. While discarding dangerous techniques, which were eventually preserved in Kata, or prearranged sequences of techniques, he adopted the good part of it and got inventive.
He proposed theories to match with techniques, going with the new current of the times. He also put forward "physical education, moral education and martial arts" as objectives, and changed Ju-"Jutsu", meaning techniques, to Ju-"Do," meaning a way of life. Kodokan stands for an "institution to teach people the way of life." Ever since its foundation, Kodokan has encouraged people to learn Judo, which Kano Shihan described as "a way to use spiritual and physical power in the most effective way.
The Kodokan Judo Institute is located in Kasuga, Bunkyou-ku (ward) of Tokyo the capital city of Japan. Tokyo nowadays offers plenty of shopping, culture, entertainment and dinning choices. Some of the cultural and entertainment choices include parks and gardens, historic temples, and excellent museums.
You may dine in the cafeteria at your own expense or cook your own meal in the kitchen provided.
Visit Kodokan Judo Museum and Library
The museum shows materials on Judo history and on Kano Jigoro Shihan. The closed stack library has a collection of about 5000 Judo related books. The Historical Materials Display Room features a collection of documents, photos, and objects associated with the history of Kodokan Judo. These include the enrollment book signed by Yamada Tsunejiro, the first Kodokan student; training uniforms worn by Jigoro Kano's star student Shiro Saigo; scrolls and documents relating to Kano's study of classical jujutsu systems; paintings from the late 1880s depicting training at the early Fujimicho dojo; a framed calligraphy brushed by Meiji Restoration "bloodless revolution" engineer Katsu Kaishu expressing his appreciation of Kano's judo; and numerous photos depicting famous matches, significant happenings, and other events surrounding the development of judo in Japan and abroad.
Kasuga-Eki bus stop
One minute walk