More than 130 years have gone since Kodokan Judo started in 1882. Many great Judo-ka have grown up with its history.
Here we will introduce outstanding Judo-ka in Kodokan history, including the “Four Demigods of the Kodokan” who supported the first stage of the Kodokan, and the fifteen Judo-ka who got promoted to 10th Dan.
The Hall of Fame: Respective judo-ka are commended for their outstanding achievement in the diffusion and the development of Judo. Their photos are displayed in a dedicated hall that is located in the new building of Kodokan.
Takeo HIROSE, 6th Dan（1808-1904）
Takejiro YUASA, 6th Dan（1871-1904）
Sakujiro YOKOYAMA, 8th Dan（1804-1912）＊Four Demigods
Shiro SAIGO, 6th Dan（1866-1922）＊Four Demigods
Yoshitsugu YAMASHITA, 10th Dan（1865-1935）＊Four Demigods
Tsunejiro TOMITA, 7th Dan（1865-1937）＊Four Demigods
Itsuro MUNAKATA, 7th Dan（1866-1941）
Sampo TOKU, 9th Dan（1887-1945）
Hajime ISOGAI, 10th Dan（1871-1947）
Shotaro TABATA, 10th Dan（1884-1950）
Hideichi NAGAOKA, 10th Dan（1876-1952）
Kunisaburo IIZUKA, 10th Dan（1875-1958）
Kaichiro SAMURA, 10th Dan（1880-1964）
Kyuzo MIFUNE, 10th Dan（1883-1965）
Yoshitaro OKANO, 10th Dan（1885-1967）
Matsutaro SHORIKI, 10th Dan（1885-1969）
Shozo NAKANO, 10th Dan（1888-1977）
Tamio KURIHARA, 10th Dan（1896-1979）