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The above original photograph of Jigoro Kano
(October 28, 1860 - May 4, 1938) was given to
my father by his Judo instructor Inspector
Obata of the Japanese Police as a gift.
In 1950 my father studied Judo in Kokura Kyushu Japan with the Japanese Police. On January 11, 1953 he was awarded a Shodan (first degree) by the Kodokan Institute.
Above is an original letter of
recommendation from Jigoro Kano the founder of Judo and the Kodokan
Dojo. He wrote this to approve the ranking of a student named Sumita
Bunpei. It signed and dated January 8, 1933 by Jigoro Kano. It has
his original signature and chop stamps as you can see from the
To Sumita Bunpei,
Your devotion to the practice over Japan Sen Kodokan Judo (one of
the Judo association) accomplished to obtain 1st dan (the ranking
system in Judo) due to Fukuoka Prefecture judo ranking association’s
recommendation. We hope you will continuously devote yourself to the
practice and hope to see further progress of your Judo skill.
January 8, 1933
Jigoro Kano, Kodokan Master
English Translation of the below certificate: Shodan certificate number 3262 dated Showa 28 (January 11, 1953) issued to Charles V. Gruzanski signed by Kano Risei Kodokan Chairman.
Requested a copy of his Shodan from the Kodokan Institute in Japan.
In 1967 the Chicago Academy of Martial Arts receives a membership certificate from the United States Judo Federation.