1912 demonstration of Jujutsu

January 23, 20160 Comments

This film was part of a newsreel shot in 1912 (presumably in Paris). The first portion of this video is of Tobari and Miyake demonstrating jujutsu techniques in a classical fashion. Takisabura Tobari was a Tenjin Shin’yo Ryu Jujutsu practitioner and Taro Miyake was a Kodokan Judo practitioner and a professional “challenge wrestler”. The latter was […]

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Kyuzo Mifune – the “god of judo”

May 24, 20130 Comments

Kyuzo Mifune is very possibly the best Judo exponent ever… often referred to as “God of Judo”. Mifune sensei began training Judo in 1903 at the Kodokan under the direction of the founder, Jigoro Kano, and received his Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 15 months.  4 short months later he was already a “Nidan” […]

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Viking Cronholm – A Jiu-Jitsu Pioneer

February 24, 20130 Comments

This is rare video footage of Mr. Viking Cronholm. He was a Swede who learned presumably early Judo while in South Africa around the turn of the 20th century. He introduced Jiu Jitsu to Sweden around 1908 and continued to teach until the 1950s. He published a book titled “Jiu Jitsu” in 1908.

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Keiko Fukuda Sensei Passes Away

February 10, 20130 Comments

We just heard Judo Pioneer Keiko Fukuda Sensei passed away earlier this afternoon at 99 years of age. She was a student under both the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano Sensei, and Kyuzo Mifune and started her training in judo in 1935. In 2011, she was the first woman to achieve 10th Dan in Judo. Rest […]

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Keiko Fukuda – A Judo Pioneer

December 22, 20120 Comments

On July 28th, 2011, Keiko Fukuda sensei attained something that most people only dream of… 10th Dan in Judo (by USA Judo). She is the first woman, and only the 4th person in the world to have been bestowed this honor in the art of Judo. Fukuda sensei’s grandfather, Fukuda Hachinosuke who was a teacher […]

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