takes its name from the Japanese Kanji characters meaning "SEI"
(sincerity), "DO" (the
way), and "KWAN"
first SEIDOKWAN was located on
Rachel St. (1952), in a Centre de Loisirs run by the local Catholic
Subsequent locations during the period 1953-1966 were:
a building at the corner of Drolet and Duluth, a Catholic
community center at 175 Sherbrooke St. East,
and 34 Notre-Dame St. East.
many years, from 1966 to 1983, the club was located at 305 Décarie
North (close to the Decarie/Metropolitan Blvd. intersection), and
between 1983-1989 was located at Victoria and Jean Talon and at the
CEGEP du Vieux Montréal.
moved to Sunnybrooke Community Center
from 1989 to 1997, and currently at 10417A Gouin Blvd. in
was founded in 1952 by a group of issei and nissei Japanese Canadians
who wanted to form a Judo school in Montreal.
Many had practiced Judo in British Columbia before the relocation
of all Japanese Canadians during World War II and they wanted to have
their children receive the discipline and physical training that Judo
founding members of SEIDOKWAN could
be considered as the entire Japanese Canadian community at that time,
since everyone gave their time and effort to building, and participating
in the school during its rocky beginnings.
There was, however, a core of judoka around whom the club was
established: Mr. Kametaro Akiyama*,
Mr. Fred Y. Okimura, Mr. Harold Hideo Tokairin*.
above gentlemen, along with the following Judo enthusiasts formed the
initial SEIDOKWAN: Mr. Kyosuke
Asano (1st President of SEIDOKWAN)*,
Mr. Ryukichi Miyake*,
Rev. Yoshio Ono*,
Mr. Fujikazu Tanaka (2nd President of SEIDOKWAN)*.
Another group of members who deserve special mention were Mr.
Y. Niiya, Mr. B. Sakamoto, and Mr. S. Koyama who
contributed their time and effort in constructing most of the judo
facilities such as the platform for the tatami, dressing rooms and
gentleman who had a strong influence behind the scenes was Mr. Atsumu
often called the "GODFATHER" of Judo in Canada.
He devoted a great deal of his time encouraging many of the issei
and nissei judoka to continue to practice Judo and to form clubs in
their region of the country.
the club's initial conception, the membership quickly grew to include
members from all origins and walks of life and from all parts of
Montreal. The club has been very fortunate in having many of these
members become black belts and do well in competitions. Also, many have
served on the executive and helped to build the club over the years.
Many changes have left their mark on the world of judo and that of SEIDOKWAN. All the while, even now that judo has become such an international sport, the club still continues as a non-profit organization and the sensei are all volunteers. The club continues to emphasize the important fundamentals and principles of Judo which so many remember as the SEIDOKWAN trademark.
40th ANNIVERSARY MEMORIES - Memories of Seidokwan (Extracts from the Speech and Presentation by Brian Mitani on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary, 1992)
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