Jonathan Kruger of KODOKWAN ZAMBIA

Kaiden Menkyo third generation instructor to the Kodokwan Judo Jujitsu club of Zambia

Kodokwan Zambia
The Kodokwan Judo Jujitsu club of Zambia is one of the oldest founded dojos in Southern Central Africa, teaching traditional Kodokan Judo and Koryu Goshin Jujitsu. At the time of its formation in 1928 in South Africa, it was the only dojo that practiced JUJITSU and then around the early 1940s Kodokwan began to include formal judo practice in its dojo.

The Kodokwan was originally founded by a Japanese merchant sailor by the name of Seishi Teppei or some times called Yusei Teppei who lived in Hong Kong, Shanghai in the 1920s. He taught a military style of Jujitsu and another family system of Jujitsu taught to him by his father who was from a Samurai clan. He was also taught Kodokan Judo by Kano Shihan at the Kodokan in Tokyo.
While he lived in Hong Kong he met a man from Ireland who lived in Southern Rhodesia in Africa by the name of Dr Henry Johnston who was studying medicine. Seishi Teppei decided to teach Dr Henry Johnston in Hong Kong in back street machi dojo. In 1928 Seishi Teppei gave Dr Henry Johnston the Menkyo Kaiden to the Kodokwan Jujitsu, Judo Association. Soon after that Dr Henry Johnston returned to Africa and opened his first Kodokwan Dojo in Adderley Street, Cape Town, South Africa.
Two of his top students were Joe Grant Grierson and Dennis McCrea who joined the Kodokwan dojo in 1943. In 1947, after graduating from University with a medical doctorate, Johnston transferred his dojo to Dennys McCrea and George Joe Grant-Grierson. These two men later were awarded Kaiden Menkyo by Dr Henry Johnston in 1954 and both were presented to the rank of 4th dan. Joe Grant Grierson came up to Northern Rhodesia now called Zambia in 1954 to work on the Copper Mines. He opened the first Kodokwan dojo in 1954 in the city of Kitwe. His first two students were John Kruger and Steve Arneil who later went to Tokyo, Japan in 1960 and started training with Mas Oyama and the Kyokushinkai Karate dojo in Tokyo.

Today Shihan Jonathan Kruger 6th Dan is the Kaiden Menkyo third generation instructor to the Kodokwan Judo Jujitsu club of Zambia and Senior Advisor of Budo-Ryu International.