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.
Intermediate – 6pm -7:30pm
New Judo For Women – 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday:
Juniors and Beginners – 6pm – 7:15pm
Seniors – 7:15pm- 8:45pm
Advanced – 8:30am-10am.x
Where: 7333 NE Fremont Map
Ph: (503) 208-3035
Obukan Club Dues
Saturday Morning Practices:
Advanced Judo followed by Kata
Saturday Morning Judo!! Get up, get your blood flowing, your toes moving and your Uchikomi going!!! 8am winning Judo practice! Winning by Ippon.. we are old school. You ain’t winning unless your scoring Ippon…
Stick around after for Kata with Ichinoe Sensei from 10:30am – Noon.
Judo For Women
Every Monday from 7:30 – 8:30pm. This practice is for beginner through intermediate judoka of all ages. We’ll work on building strong technique, core muscle strength, endurance, balance, movement, composure, focus, and confidence. Practices will cover various throws, falling and ground work. We’ll also cover history, rules, and kata too. Wow! Get in shape and make your judo better – all while having a ton of fun – Don’t miss it!!