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Kunisaburo Iizuka

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Kunisaburo Iizuka
Kunisaburo Iizuka
Kunisaburo Iizuka
Personal information
Born13 February 1875
Died25 July 1958 (1958-07-26) (aged 83)
Rank     10th dan black belt

Kunisaburo Iizuka (飯塚 国三郎, Iizuka Kunisaburō, July 13, 1875 – July 25, 1958) was a Japanese judoka and the fifth person to be promoted to 10th dan in Kodokan judo.

Iizuka started judo training at Keio Gijuku in 1889, but broke off his training the following year to attend naval academy in Tokyo. Although the academy had no judo club, Iizuka saw a man carrying a judogi one day, and followed him to the Kodokan; he enrolled as a student there in November, 1891.[1]

In 1906, Iizuka returned to Keio to take a job as judo coach to Keio University, where he taught Kaname Kuniyuki, Chuji Sakata and Yoshio Sugino, among others.[1]

He was one of the first of Jigoro Kano's students to be awarded a judan (10th-dan) ranking, in 1946.[2]

As well as teaching judo, Iizuka was also an ordained negi (Shinto priest) at Fukuoka Prefectural Shuyukan Senior High School, and was master of the Imperial Fisheries Institute.[3]


  1. ^ a b Svinth, Joseph R. (2002). "Judo: Kunisaburo Iizuka". Journal of Combative Sport. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. ^ Rieko Kage (15 December 2010). Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan: The Revival of a Defeated Society. Cambridge University Press. pp. 129–. ISBN 978-0-521-19257-6. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Kodokan Hall of Fame". Judo Channel. Retrieved 28 May 2012.