1947 - Creation of the club
Your club was founded under the name of Jiu-Jitsu Club of Geneva by a few enthusiasts who had been initiated to this art of the army in particular.
The gym of the UCJG, at the General-Dufour street, was made available to our club twice a week. The beginnings were difficult and the falls rather harsh. Indeed, an old mattress for all tatami tried in vain to soften the falls of the beginners.
1950s - Beginning of classes
Teaching was given in the early 1950s by Joseph Vallélian, then the green belt of jûdo.
1953 - New name and relocation
In 1953 two important changes gave new impetus to our club: the father of the Swiss jûdô, Doctor Hanhô Rhi, 7th dan, named the club Shung Dô Kwan.
The same year, we moved to the Roseraie school. We are finally in our walls and can train every night from 18:00 to 22:00. Dr. Hanhô Rhi frequently visited our dôjo, and a few other visits contributed to the enthusiasm of our pioneers, particularly the unforgettable visit of Tokyo Hirano, which we had already received at the General-Dufour Street in 1952, and the visit Of the extraordinary Korean team of six members in the summer of 1955.
1956 - New relocation
This time at 5, rue Liotard. This is where many of the members still present today made their debut.
1958 - First professional teacher
In 1958, the club hired its first professional teacher: Mitsuhiro Kondô, part-time first, then full-time.
1958 - Arrival of Karate-dô, Aïkidô Yoseikan and Kendô
The year 1958 marked a new turning point in the history of the SDK. It was at this time that the club decided to expand the range of martial disciplines. A series of public demonstration took place at the doco of Liotard Street. Organized by Mr. Kondo, Mr. Hiroo Mochizuki and Mr. Alcheik informed the Genevans of karate-dô, aikidô and kendô.
1970 - Leaving of Mr. Mitsuhiro Kondô and arrival of Mr. Haruyoshi Watanabe.
When Mr. Kondô decided to open his own dojo in 1970, the SDK hired Mr. Haruyoshi Watanabe.
1976 - New relocation
In 1976, a last move took place at 66 Liotard Street, where we are still training. This magnificent dôjô of 775 m2, obtained thanks to the comprehension of the Service of the Schools of the City of Geneva, could comfortably accommodate the seven disciplines of the day: Judo, Aikido, Karate-dô, Kendô, Yoseikan-Budo , Jodo and iaidô.
1977 - Arrival of Kyudô
Mr. Haruyoshi Watanabe retired, teaching was provided in each discipline by members of the SDK who had attained a sufficient degree of technical mastery. Some Japanese still helped the SDK to maintain a high technical level: Mr. Ôya, Mr. Ôhira and, now Mr. Nakamura for Judo, Mr. Ikeda for Aikido, Mr. Watanabe for Kendô, Mr. Nakajima for karate-dô . On the other hand, the sporadic visit of Japanese masters has contributed - and is still contributing - to the development of Japanese budo in our club.
1977 - Arrival of Shodô and Sumô
Two new disciplines hit the door of the SDK: shodo and sumo. If the latter was accepted at the 1977 General Assembly, shodo (Japanese calligraphy), which is not strictly speaking a martial discipline, has been taught for almost 15 years, informally, once a month. Shodo represents the cultural and literary aspect of our martial activities, so it is important that members of the SDK are not ignorant of the possibility of getting rich in this way too.
1980 - Demonstrations
In 1980, organized by the jodo section, the arrival of Me Otake in the tradition of Kantori Shintô Ryû, Me Draeger and Me Kaminoda (Shintô Musô Ryû) was an opportunity for the Geneva public to admire unique demonstrations of Classical martial arts.
1982 - Relocation of Kyudo
Our eighth discipline, the kyudo, had to expatriate because of the insufficient height of the ceiling of Liotard's room. The kyudô section has been training since 1982 in the gymnasium of the Ecole du Chemin de Roches and now at the Ecole du Corbusier.
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Some additional information...
Who are the key people in the SDK?
Even if each member of our association is considered an important person, we can cite a few that have marked the history of our dojo:
If you want to know more about our association, we invite you to consult articles written by some of our members, or those about us.