Rules of Judo

1943 - 1945

Before the war, judo dojo (studios) thrived in many Japanese American communities. Under the guidance of Seigoro Murakami and Shigeo Tashima, 400 judo students at Manzanar practiced in the firebreak north of Block 10 on a 40’ by 60’ canvas-covered sawdust platform. Judo’s demanding physical conditioning and code of behavior lifted spirits and introduced many young Japanese Americans to the disciplines and traditions of their cultural heritage.
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 0129/-002