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Gary Menezes
· December 21, 2017
I’ve trained at a bunch of judo gyms on the East and West coasts and Bushido Kai is my favorite � TONS of black belts, great practices, and an AMAZING sense of community!
Lawrence Peshkin
· December 16, 2016
Great club! Club members treat each other like family and everyone's' ego is checked in at the door. This club is for serious Judo student who cares more about technique, tradition, and form than gett...ing easy belts. See More
Steve Litteer
· February 6, 2015
You can't find Judo training for a better price anywhere and there is zero drop off in the level of instruction. The instructors are first rate, they have a passion for judo and it shows. I'm honore...d to be a part of this judo club. See More
Henrik Dall
· November 8, 2016
Excellent Judo club with very high standards. I attended for almost a year while I was working on a project in Rochester. Was welcomed right away and miss going there. Highly recommended - don't wait ...- go play and roll. See More
David Daniyelyan
· June 23, 2017
Amazing club, no club will ever come close to this one!!!!
Kevin Osz
· January 11, 2014
I've been a member of Bushido Kai Judo Club since 1988. In that time, I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people, learn some great judo, and compete around the world, representing my ...club, and my country. See More
Brian Watson
· December 22, 2016
Kano considered judo training to be an aid to the student’s educational aspirations. His ultimate ambition was to produce students of fine character, so that they would in future become useful, educa...ted citizens and thus benefit society. 

THE ETHOS OF JUDO
‘The purpose of judo is to perfect oneself physically, intellectually and morally for the benefit of society.’
Professor Jigoro Kano (1860-1938)

(The Father of Judo, Kodansha International, 2000, 2012)
(IL Padre Del Judo, Edizioni Mediterranee, 2005)

(Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Trafford Publishing, 2008, 2014)
(Memorias de Jigoro Kano, Editora Cultrix, 2011)



JIGORO KANO’S
1936 VISIT TO
SEATTLE DOJO
by
Brian N. Watson
Before the great expansion in air travel that started in the 1950s, most passengers journeyed overseas on ocean liners. One of the ships that often sailed the Japan - U.S.A. routes was NYK Line’s workhorse the Hikawamaru. This cargo-passenger liner reportedly made the two-week trip between Yokohama and the then gateway to the US, Seattle, 254 times between 1930 and 1960 when she was finally decommissioned and became a floating restaurant and later refurbished (2006-2008) and reopened as an Important Cultural Property permanently moored at the port of Yokohama. Professor Jigoro Kano, who made some 13 extended overseas trips in his lifetime, on occasions voyaged on the Hikawamaru, as did many other celebrities of the day.

The Seattle Judo Club, established in 1902, was reportedly the very first judo dojo to open on US soil. Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) seated in the centre of this photograph, called at this dojo twice, once in 1936 and again in 1938.
After attending the International Olympic Committee meeting held in Cairo, Egypt, in 1938, he later visited several European cities, then New York, Seattle and finally Canada. On April 23, 1938 Kano headed home and left Vancouver Harbor on the Hikawamaru, which was scheduled to arrive at Yokohama on May 6. However, he did not live to see his homeland again. En route, at the age of 77; he succumbed to pneumonia and died on this vessel on May 4, 1938.

Brian N. Watson
Tokyo
30 October 2016

References: (The Father of Judo, Kodansha International, 2000,2012)
(Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Trafford Publishing, 2008,2014)
Seattle Judo Club photograph courtesy of Ken Morinaka
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Ajamu Kitwana
· July 13, 2015
Great club! Competitive at all age levels. Great fun and camaraderie. It's perfect for families. It's been a fun way to introduce my daughters to martial arts.
Lorelei Eschbach
· March 15, 2015
Spent 14 years with these guys. Amazing people, and I learned a lot, that I still use to this day.
Margarete Rommelmann
· January 2, 2017
I love Bushido Kai judo it is the best place on Earth
Yaroslav Ivaniuk
· January 13, 2014
I believe it is the greatest Judo club in the world!
Anthony La Tona
· February 26, 2014
Wouldn't train anywhere else. Best Judo club in America.
Joanne Johaniuk-Milliman
· January 13, 2014
Both my kids have been doing judo at Bushido Kai since they were 2 years old and they LOVE it!
Heidi Geores
· January 29, 2014
Love these guys!!!
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Penfield Rec is closed this week. Our only workout until Saturday will be on Monday at Matsunami Karate 1183 Bay road in Webster 7:30-9:00. Park to the left of the building. $5 mat fee. Focus will be to prepare for shiai.