Inside the Kodokan in 1913

A rare, early 1900s glimpse inside Dr. Jigoro Kano’s Kodokan judo dojo in Tokyo, from the Illustrated London News of March 8, 1913.

The caption reads:

JAPANESE WRESTLING IN WHICH THE “UNDER DOG” MAY BE THE WINNER: JUDO PRACTICE IN THE KODO-KWAN AT TOKYO. “[ln] judo, more familiarly Jujutsu, incorrectly jiujitsu . . . you are at liberty to try to defeat your opponent by falling voluntarily upon your back. . . . Often . . . the man on top is in such pain as to forced to surrender.”

The costume presupposes men in a real quarrel being in ordinary dress.

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