Seattle Dojo 1510 S. Washington St. Seattle, WA 98144 (206) 324-7080
History: Seattle Dojo, the oldest dojo in the United States, was established in 1902. The club moved several times until the present dojo was built in the 1930's by issei's (first generation Japanese Americans). Professor Jigoro Kano visited the dojo in 1934. Seattle Dojo hosted its first judo tournament in 1903. The Dojo sponsored many more tournaments from 1907 to 1941, but was forced to close its doors during World War II. After the war, Seattle Judo Dojo reopened in 1948 and hosted its first annual post-war tournament in 1953. Seattle Dojo has continued to host this annual tournament every year to the present day.
Head Sensei: Kenji Yamada – 8th Dan
Instructors: Alan Yamada Art Oki Harold Yamada Dave Fukuhara Masayuki Yamada Karen Nagai Beau Calman Jason Coglon Curt Mochizuki John Shimabukuro Joe Weber Lisa Calman-Stevens Tri Huang Ryotaoru Oki
Practices:Monday & Thursday evenings
Juniors 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Seniors 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
We are located 1 block south of Yesler Way and 2 blocks north of South Jackson Street, between 14th Ave S and 16th Ave S.
Coming from the east: I-90 west go thru tunnel, Keep in your right lane takes the 1st exit Rainier Ave S (northbound). At the 4 signal light (So Jackson St.) take a soft right on to 14th Ave S. NOT A Sharp Right. Go 2 blocks take a right onto S Washington Street. Dojo is off white Building on the left.
Coming from the south: I-5 takes the Dearborn Exit # 164. Take a right at the light. Now you are on So Dearborn St. Go to the 2nd light, and take a left, Rainier Ave S. At the 2nd light (So Jackson St) take a soft right onto 14th Ave S. NOT A SHARP Right. Go 2 blocks take a right onto S Washington St. Dojo is off white Building on the left.
Coming from the north: I-5 takes the James Street Exit. Keep in your right lane. It looks like you are going back on to the Freeway. Keep in right Lane. Pass the Jailhouse on your right, Follow signs to Yesler Way. At the 4-way stop, go left. Follow it for about 1 mile. Pass the Elementary school on the right. Go 2 blocks to 16th Ave S and take a right, take a right onto S Washington St. Dojo is on the right side.