Toshirō Daigo

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Toshirō Daigo
Toshirō Daigo
Born(1926-01-02)2 January 1926
Awa District, Chiba, Japan
Died10 October 2021(2021-10-10) (aged 95)
Tokyo, Japan
Native name醍醐敏郎 Daigo Toshirō
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
RankKDK 10th dan

Toshirō Daigo (醍醐敏郎, Daigo Toshirō, 2 January 1926 – 10 October 2021) was a Japanese judoka who was the Chief Instructor at the Kodokan and a manager of the Japanese national team.[1]

Before his death, he was one of only three living Kodokan 10th dan (and one of only 15 to have attained this rank), having been promoted at the New Year Kagami biraki Ceremony, 8 January 2006, along with Ichiro Abe and Yoshimi Osawa.[1][2]


Toshirō Daigo in the final of the 1951 All-Japan Judo Championships

Daigo was born in January 1926 and educated at Tokyo University of Education.

He was All-Japan Judo Champion in 1951 and 1954, and the author of Kodokan Judo: Throwing Techniques, a definitive text on judo throws.

Daigo died on 10 October 2021, at the age of 95.[3]


  • (2005) Kodokan Judo: Throwing Techniques, Kodansha, Tokyo, Japan.


  1. ^ a b Jones, Llyr, "Kodokan 10th Dan Promotions", Judo Info, retrieved 5 December 2011
  2. ^ Ohlenkamp, Neil, "Profiles of Kodokan 10th Dan Holders", Judo Info, retrieved 5 December 2011
  3. ^ 「ミスター講道館」醍醐敏郎さん死去 柔道10段、95歳