Kodokan hall of fame

Hajime Isogai

Date of birth: 
October 26, 1871
Place of origin: 
Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture
10th Dan
October, 1891
Enters Kodokan
May, 1892
1st Dan
January, 1893
2nd Dan
August, 1895
3rd Dan
January, 1899
4th Dan
August, 1900
5th Dan
August, 1904
6th Dan
January, 1912
7th Dan
March, 1920
8th Dan
April, 1930
9th Dan
December, 1937
10th Dan
Hajime Isogai

Hajime Isogai was the oldest son of Tsunehisa Isogai, Nobeoka-han vassal (Sekiguchi ryu Jujutsu), and came to Tokyo in 1891, entering Kodokan in October of that year.
In April of 1893 he was dispatched to the Kansai region by Jigoro Kano for the purpose of promoting the spread of Judo there, and he took a position as part-time Judo instructor at the Third Higher School. He also served as the head of the newly established Kyoto Kodokan, and became a Judo instructor for the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai in July of 1899. He became an instructor at the Bujutsu Senmon Gakko in January of 1912, and at the Budo Senmon Gakko in 1919. His was a history of Judo instruction and promotion.
On December 22, 1923, he was promoted together with Shuichi Nagaoka to become the first living holders of the 10th Dan.

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