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Kodokan Shochu-Geiko has begun

2016 Kodokan Shochu-Geiko, mid-summer training, began on Wednesday, July 13th.

 

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Shochu-Geiko is a traditional event that was invented by Kodokan in 1896 and was spread throughout Japan. It had been held for 30 days in the hottest season to build physical strength and cultivate a never-give-up attitude. (Nowadays, it is held for 10 days)

 

On the first training day, 13th July, a large drum was beaten at 17:55 in the main dojo to signal the beginning of Shochu-Geiko. Trainees lined up in front of Kano Shihan's seat and answered the first roll call during the opening ceremony.

 

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In hot and humid weather condition, many trainees are practicing hard at the main dojo again this year. Shochu-Geiko will be held every day until 22nd July.

 

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