Sumiyuki Kotani

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Sumiyuki Kotani
Kotani Sumiyuki Judo Judan
Born 1903
Died October 19, 1991(1991-10-19) (aged 87–88)
Native name 小谷 澄之
Nationality Japanese
Style Judo
Teacher(s) Jigoro Kano
Rank 10th dan Judo

Sumiyuki Kotani (小谷 澄之, Kotani Sumiyuki, 1903 – October 19, 1991) was a Japanese martial artist. He was a member of the 1932 Japanese Olympic wrestling team.[1] He was one of the highest ranked judoka, and was awarded a 10th dan in April 1984 by the Kodokan. He was for a long time the oldest 10th dan, until Ichiro Abe was awarded the rank age of 83 years. Kotani studied at the Tokyo College of Education and studied judo directly under Jigoro Kano. As a young man he was known to take on any challenges. Kotani was very active in promoting judo throughout the world and was the director of the international division at the Kodokan for many years. He was also a professor at Tokai University. He was the Kodokan's top representative and vice president of the All Japan Judo Federation. He died on October 19, 1991.