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The Budokwai (budōkai 武道会?) "The Way of Knighthood Society" was the first Judo club in Europe with membership open to the general public.

On January 26, 1918, Gunji Koizumi opened the Dojo at 15 Lower Grosvenor Place, Victoria, London SW1. The first chief instructor was Yukio Tani.

In July 1920, Dr. Jigoro Kano (the founder of Judo) visited the Budokwai. A member named Tanabe received his first dan, becoming the Budokwai's first home-grown black belt. Tani and Koizumi were promoted to nidan.

In August 1933, the Budokwai became a Provisional Branch of the Kodokan.

After thirty-five years, the Budokwai moved to 4 Gilston Road, South Kensington, London, SW10 9SL. The new premises were officially opened in September 1954 by the Japanese Ambassador H.E. Matsumoto throwing Kawamura. The club is the longest continuously running Judo Club in Europe and members of the current UK Olympic Judo team train there including Winston Gordon
Famous Members Include:
Neil Adams (judoka)
Brian Jacks
Angelo Parisi

Famous Instructors:
Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki
Yasuhiro Yamashita
Raymond Stevens

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