KODOKWAN JUDO & JU-JITSU CLUB OF ZAMBIA
KODOKWAN JUDO & JU-JITSU CLUB OF ZAMBIA
KODOKWAN JUDO & JU-JITSU CLUB OF ZAMBIA
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SEISHI TEPPEI

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THE NAME KODOKWAN

When Teppei went to Hong Kong working as a sailor,he opened up his own club called:The Kodokwan Jujitsu Club(KJJC) The club logo was a badge of three arms linked together in a around circle.It is not clear were he got the idea for this badge, perhaps it was from an old jujitsu scroll.

The club motto was: THRICE ARMED IS HE WHO KODOKWAN JUJITSU KNOWS.

Shihan Joe Grant-Grierson the Great Grand Master and president of the South African Kodokwan Jujitsu Association who holds a 10th Dan in Kodokwan jujitsu later drew and re designed the club badge to what it is today from the early 1960s.

Teppei's Kodokwan has a(W)in the spelling,the reason for this was because he wanted it to be spelt different from the original Jigoro Kano's Kodokan. But the meaning of the word still remains the same (KODOKWAN) The name (KODOKAN) means (the hall where the way is taught)          

Another reason for the change is the old Japanese pronunciation for the word (kan) was pronounced as (kwan). Perhaps this is the reason that Teppei used the pronunciation of kwan in his style of Kodokwan. As Teppei was living in Hong Kong the Chinese pronunciation of Kodokan is (Chan tao kwan) this could be another reason for given it the (kwan)on the end of the word to give it a unique Chinese feel.

Shihan Teppei was known as a Jujitsu master that said the only way to know if a Jujitsu technique really worked was to try it in a practical situation. And the best place for this was in back streets of down town Hong Kong, he especially liked to practice his skills on the big English Sailors hanging out in some of the local back street bars.

Teppei at times was known to like his Japanese sake(rice wine) which did not help the situation any better with his red hot temper. This was told to us by the Late grand master Joe Grant Grierson. Teppei was not known as not a very big Japanese man which made it quite easy for him to be picked by any drunk foreign sailor. And at the time Teppei was in Hong Kong Japanese sailors were looked down on by the western community living in Hong kong.

 

Seishi Teppei soon learnt how to take on the western boxing styles and how also to move around and avoid their punches and then bridge the gap between him and the opponent and strike the man with Atemi to break his balance before throwing him or locking him up to finish the fight. During his time in Hong Kong Teppei was never defeated by any one local or foreign.

It is said that Teppei later returned to Japan after the war in 1948, Japan after the war had no place for an old jujitsu master, Japans interest turned to things western and he lead a quiet life in his old age. All contact with him was lost after that.

 

 

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