Obukan Judo traces its beginnings to a demonstration of Kito-ryu Jiujutsu given by Bunzaemon Nii and an unknown opponent at the Lewis & Clark Exhibition of 1905. This demonstration and the efforts of Nii sensei and the Japanese American community resulted in the formation of Portland Judo Club in 1926 (later Obukan Judo Dojo, Inc.). Nii sensei was chosen as Obukan’s first instructor.

Dr. Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, visited Oregon while touring the United States after the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Portland Judo Club hosted a shiai (tournament) in his honor. At a meeting afterward Kano shihan officially changed the name of Portland Judo Club to Obukan Judo Dojo. The “O” refers to Oregon; Oregon was called “O-shu” or O-state by Japanese immigrants. “Bu” means martial training. “Kan” means building or training hall.

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Last few chances to practice Nage no Kata before we move on. See you after Saturday Morning practice ...

NEW 2019 Practice Times!


Beginner/Intermediate Seniors:
6pm -7:00pm
Advanced Seniors:
7:30pm – 9pm

Beginner/Intermediate Juniors:
6pm – 7pm
Advanced Juniors:
7pm- 8pm

Women’s Practice:
8pm – 9pm

Juniors (All levels):
6pm – 7:15pm
Seniors (All levels):
7:15pm- 8:45pm

Saturday Morning:
Competition: 8:30am-10am
Kata: 10:30am – noon

Where: 7333 NE Fremont Map

Ph: (503) 208-3035

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