Martial Arts Badges
武道徽章
Judo badge.
'Master Aoyama Judo Tournament, Imperial Year 2585 [1925].'

Small badge with the kanji for 'martial arts.'
Sword guard design reverse

'Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Judo Club, Cold
Weather Training, [Imperial Year] 2585 [1925].'
Jukendo badge
'Championship.'
Kyudo (traditional Japanese archery) badge. The design has an arrowhead with cherry blossom. The
textured ring is a bowstring holder, called
tsurumaki (弦巻) in Japanese.

The reverse is inscribed 'First Tournament Commemorative, Kamakura Kyudo Study Group.'
Kyudo (traditional Japanese archery) badge. The design has a
cherry tree with three falling petals, the symbol of a fallen
warrior. The kanji here means 'bow' and it is the 1st kanji in the
word 'kyudo.'

The reverse is inscribed '24th Kyudo Tournament , Great Japan
Kyudo Association.'
Kyudo (traditional Japanese archery) badge. The design has a quiver of
arrows. The kanji here means 'bow' and it is the 1st kanji in the word
'kyudo.'

The textured ring is a bowstring holder, called
tsurumaki (弦巻) in
Japanese.

The reverse is inscribed '23rd Kyudo Tournament , Great Japan Kyudo
Association.'
Obverse: 'Judo.'
Reverse: '2591 [1931] Waseda High Judo Club.'
High school judo tournament badge. An individual's name has been
ebgraved under the dove, so this may have been an award of some sort,
or perhaps just a participation commemorative.
The name is Kawagoe Hayato.
Dated 2578, which is 1918 in the imperial dating system.
High school judo tournament badge. Cool design that has a silver dragon within swirls on the obverse
and on the reverse we can see the dragon's tail among similar swirls.

An individual's name has been engraved above the dragon tail, so this may have been an award of
some sort, or perhaps just a participation commemorative.

The name is Kawagoe Hayato.
Dated Taisho 4, which is 1915.
Inscribed 'Deceased Fujita Sensei, In Honor of the 7th Anniversary of His Death, Judo
Tournament, Showa 6 [1931] Autumn. Seibukan HQ.'
Nicely detailed watch fob. It's in the shape of a samurai helmet. The
large kanji between the spikes stands for 'martial arts.'
Inscribed '[??] District, Patriotic Youth Brigade, 3rd Annual Martial
Arts Tournament, [Imperial Year] 2595 [1935].'

The center emblem in the concave portion is that of the Patriotic
Youth Brigade.
Excellent martial arts watch fob. Nice quality & cool design.
The larger gold kanji on the obverse means 'Martial Arts.'
The reverse: 'Junior High Martial Arts Club, [Imperial Year] 2592,'
which is 1932.
The design shows imperial chrysanthemums, and the kanji for 'judo' is in the center. Inscribed
'All-Prefecture Middle School Judo Tournament, Japan University 1st High School Judo Club,
[Imperial Year] 2598,' which is 1938.
The kanji for 'judo' is at the bottom left.
Inscribed 'Award Prize, [Imperial Year] 2582,'
which is 1922.
Judo tournament medal.
Dated 1963.
Judo tournament medal.
Dated 1961.
National police department judo tournament medal.
Dated Showa 44 [1969].
Sumo, judo, and kendo tournament medal.
Dated Showa 38 [1963].
Judo tournament belt buckle.
In between the lion heads is the kanji meaning 'judo.'
Dated 1962.
The design has laurel leaves (symbol of victory) and a kanji for 'judo.'
The reverse says '5th Annual Tournament, Sato Dojo, Showa 6 [1931].'
The design has a roaring lion and a kanji for 'martial arts.'
The reverse says 'Judo, Kendo, Kyoubashi Budokan.'
The design has a traditional Japanese shield and a kanji for 'judo.' The
reverse says 'Tokyo Railways Judo Club, [Imperial Year] 2591 [1931].'
Kyudo badge dated 1936
'?? Police Department Martial Arts Club, 10th Tournament Commemorative Badge,
Imperial Year 2594 [1934].'
Hallmarked as sterling silver.
'Martial Arts, Cold Weather Practice, Showa 4 [1929].' This
practice refers to a martial arts endurance test.

Probably a school badge, and the blossom appears to be the
school emblem.
Inscribed 'Cold Weather Practice
Commemorative, Yokosuka Arsenal
Athletic Group, Showa 13 [1938].'

The single kanji on the obverse stands
for 'martial arts.'
1931 Judo Tournament
Judo badge in original wrap.

Inscribed 'Hitotsubashi Association, Judo Club, Cold
weather practice.'

Dated 1915. It also has a Latin phrase meaning 'A
sound mind in a sound body.'
Kendo (Swordfighting) Club badge dated 2598, which is 1938.
Cold weather practice award.
Gifu Commerical High School cold weather
practice championship badge dated 2598, which
is 1938.
1952 Judo tournament badge
'Japan University-Middle School Martial Arts Tournament.
Imperial Year 2599 [1939].'
'3rd National Railroad Kyudo [Japanese archery] Tournament.
Showa 7 [1932] October.'
'Martial Arts. Gifu Middle School 2nd Martial Arts Cold
Weather Practice 1936.'
'Tenri University Kyudo [archery] Club.'
'Chiba Prefectural Okita Middle School Judo
Club. Gift to Watanabe, 2596 [1936].'
Japanese archery (kyudo) badge.
Inscribed '
Master Instructor Ishikawa, Archery Club.'
High school judo tournament badge. An individual's name has been
engraved under the dove, so this may have been an award of some sort,
or perhaps just a participation commemorative.
The name is Kawagoe Hayato.
Dated 2578, which is 1918 in the imperial dating system.
High school judo tournament badge. Cool design that has a silver dragon within swirls on the obverse
and on the reverse we can see the dragon's tail among similar swirls.

An individual's name has been engraved above the dragon tail, so this may have been an award of
some sort, or perhaps just a participation commemorative.

The name is Kawagoe Hayato.
Dated Taisho 4, which is 1915.
The obverse has kanji reading 'martial arts'
and an imperial ho-o (phoenix), along with
some decoration. The reverse reads
'Imperial Family in Attendance. Aomori
Prefecture Branch Martial Arts Association
Tournament. Held at Aomori City. Showa 11
[1936] December 7.'
Bizen High School Kyudo Club 1930.
Sterling silver hallmark
Sometimes you can tell the type of martial arts by the design elements, but other times you need to ID the kanji.
Many times only the first kanji in the compounds below is used as an abbreviation.

武道 Martial Arts (general term)
柔道 Judo   (wrestling)                       弓道 Kyudo    (archery)            
剣道 Kendo (sword fighting)                    銃剣道 Jukendo (bayonet fighting)
相撲 (sumo)
Martial arts tournament watch fob, dated 2597 [1937]
Inscribed 'Martial Arts Dojo Opening Commemorative, Nagoya
City, Showa 12 [1937].'
Tainan (Taiwan) Commercial High School Martial Arts Club
Shiga Prefecture Yahata Commercial High School Martial Arts Club
Taisho 6 [1917]
'2574 [1914], Kanazawa Medical College, Juzen Association Martial Arts Club [??] Award.'
Aichi Prefecture Judo Association
Nicely detailed skull and bow & arrow.
'Okayama Medical School Kyudo Club,
Imperial Year 2594 [1934].'
Judo badge, 1938
Judo badge, 1937
Rissho University 1935 Martial Arts badge
The obverse has an unknown kanji and a fierce hawk. Also a rope
used in sumo. The reverse reads 'Gift to -- [uninscribed]. Showa 3
[1928] Osaka Commercial High School Sumo Club.' The inscription is
encircled by sake casks.

Measures about 2.5 cm diameter.
The obverse has four kanji that read ichimi ryoufuu [一味涼風], which is
a saying meaning something like 'There is a certain feeling here.' (OK,
that translation needs work...) The reverse reads '7th Tokyo Medical
College Sumo Tournament 2589 [1929].'
The obverse has kanji reading 'judo.' The skull design is
superb and there are some design elements to the right
that I cannot identify. Maybe they are just part of the skull.
The reverse reads 'Uenomiya Middle School Judo Club.
1926.' Hallmarked sterling silver.

Measures about 2.8 cm by 3 cm.

Uenomiya Middle School was established in 1890. It is
located in Osaka.
Scarce 1942 badge. Inscribed 'Bayonet Skills. Jukendo [Bayonet
Skills, Student Group. Official Instructor's Badge. Showa 17
[1942]. Number 361.'


Note that part of the date and the badge number have been
punched in.
Kyudo (弓道, Japanese archery) award badge from a school.
Dated 2593, which is 1933.
The obverse design has the kanji for 'bow' in the center, and there is an arrow behind it. The reverse has
what is most likely the school emblem.
The obverse design is a stylized kanji for the word 'judo.' (柔道)The
crossed gilt pen tips are a symbol of Keio University. The reverse as well
as the case are inscribed 'Keio Commerce Department. Judo Club.
Graduation Farewell Commemorative. [Imperial Year] 2536 [1936].'