Kodokan hall of fame

Kunisaburo Iizuka

Date of birth: 
February 13, 1875
Place of origin: 
Mikamo-mura, Tochigi Prefecture
10th Dan
November, 1891
Enters Kodokan
September, 1893
1st Dan
January, 1895
2nd Dan
April, 1896
3rd Dan
January, 1899
4th Dan
August, 1901
5th Dan
June, 1908
6th Dan
January, 1916
7th Dan
February, 1922
8th Dan
December, 1937
9th Dan
May, 1946
10th Dan
Kunisaburo Iizuka

After coming to Tokyo to attend Keio University and Nishogakusha, Kunisaburo Iizuka entered Kodokan in November of 1891. He then served as a Judo instructor assistant at the Tokyo Advanced Teachers Training School, and at the Seventh Senior High School Zoshikan (in Kagoshima). Beginning from 1899, he spent 7 years in Fukuoka as a priest at the Fukuoka Prefectural Shuyukan Senior High School, as a part-time employee of the Fukuoka Teachers Training School, and as the Tenshikan master.
Following the Russo-Japanese war, Mr. Iizuka served for 38 years (until 1945) as Judo master at Keio University.
He also served as master at the Imperial Fisheries Institute, and at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, while at the same time opening the Itogokan dojo in Shibuya where he taught Judo. Mr. Iizuka died on July 25, 1958 at the age of 84.

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