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Kodokan Shochu-Geiko has begun

Kodokan Shochu-Geiko, mid-summer training, began on Wednesday, July 12.

 

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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 strength and cultivate a never-give-up attitude. (Nowadays, it is held for 10 days)

 

The opening ceremony began with the sound of large drum at 17:55 on July 12. At the main dojo, trainees lined up in front of the chair of Kano Jigoro Shihan and answered the first roll call.

 

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Speech by Kodokan President Haruki Uemura

 

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Roll call

 

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Mr. Ichiro ABE, 10th Dan

 

This year again, many judoka are practicing at the main dojo in hot and humid weather.

Shochu-Geiko is held daily until July 21.

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