Portland Kangeiko 2014

What is Kangeiko?


Kangeiko is a tradition in Kodokan Judo dating back to 1895.  Two intensive training sessions are held during the year: Kangeiko (during the coldest time of the year) and Shochugeiko (during the hottest time of the year) to develop and test one’s perseverance.  The goal of Kangeiko is to attend all 10 days of practice.   Life is complicated, arranging things with one’s spouse, job, and other stuff to train 10 days straight is almost as challenging as the physical demands of the training.  It is supposed to be that way,  that is part of the challenge.  To recognize their perseverance, those who attend at least 7 of 10 practices will receive a certificate of participation, those who complete all 10 practices will receive a certificate of completion (and perhaps something else).  Official sign up will be on the first night of practice, but you can also start later if you wish.  The roll of participants will be called at the end of each training session.


If you cannot fully participate you are still very welcome to attend as many training sessions as you can.  We have also made Kangeiko into a chance to train with people from other Portland area Dojo to perhaps learn a few new things as well as sharing a bit of Judo fellowship and sweat.


For those who are interested in attending the entire session, we are asking a voluntary $10 fee to cover the costs of the certificates, organizing, etc.  There will also be a potluck dinner on the Saturday following Kangeiko to give out the certificates and share stories and fellowship.  All are invited regardless of their participation in Kangeiko.


The Schedule:
Day 1:  Monday Feb. 10 at Seiwakan Dojo, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Day 2: Tuesday Feb 11 at Obukan Dojo, 7-8:30 p.m.
Day 3: Wednesday Feb 12 at Seiwakan Dojo, 6:30-8:00 p.m
Day 4: Thursday Feb 13 at Obukan Dojo, 7-8:30 p.m.
Day 5: Friday Feb 14 at Portland Judo, 6-7:30 p.m.
Day 6: Saturday Feb 15 at Seiwakan Dojo, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Day 7: Sunday Feb 16 Portland Judo, 9:30-11 a.m.
Day 8:  Monday Feb. 17 at Seiwakan Dojo, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Day 9: Tuesday Feb 18 at Obukan Dojo, 7-8:30 p.m.
Day 10: Wednesday Feb 19 at Seiwakan Dojo, 6:30-8:00 p.m
Potluck and Awards: Saturday Feb 22, location to be announced.


Dojo Locations:
Portland Judo: 2335 NW 23rd Place, Portland, OR
Seiwakan Judojo: Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane St, Portland, OR

Seiwakan’s Annual Judo Tournament, January 18!

Seiwakan Judojo will be hosting our annual Judo Tournament on January 18th, 2014 at our regular location in Portland, Oregon. This tournament is designed to be a “learners” or “development” tournament with an emphasis on encouraging newer judoka to participate. It is for non-Dan grades and participants 13 years of age and older. This is a great opportunity for newer judoka to test their skills and enhance their learning through competition in a friendly and small tournament environment.

In the spirit of making this a learners tournament the entry fees are kept intentionally modest (at $15), and we feed the competitors after the event as well. An opportunity to workout and review with competitors their successes and challenges immediately follows the tournament.

Details and necessary paperwork can be found here.  Don’t forget to register online!

The journey of a thousand falls begins with one unceremonious thud.

Welcome to Seiwakan Judojo’s website, teaching Kodokan Judo in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, since 2000.  The website is new.  It is not pretty yet.  But it will be.  Just like a new white belt trying Judo, development will take time, mistakes, and the willingness to fall down and get back up again.

Please bear with us during that time.  In the meantime, please enjoy this demonstration of the potential effectiveness of Judo against a striking art.