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Shihan Jonathan Kruger

6th Dan

4th Dan Judo

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

Contact :

+260 96 6782339
+260 96 4490267

Email Address:

PO BOX 22293


Short History of Shihan / Sensei  Jonathan Terance Kruger:

Born: 18th of November 1971

Living: Kitwe , Zambia

Have been involved in Judo and Jujitsu since 1985.

Represented Zambia Internationally in Judo around the world from 1991 to 1998.

Spent 7 years training in Osaka, Japan while I lived there working as a Christian missionary.

Fought at the 1995 World Judo Championships in Makuhari, Japan.

Chairman for the Copperbelt Judo Clubs with the Zambia Judo Association.

Representative of the European Jujitsu Union EJJU in Zambia.

Sensei to 2 clubs in Kitwe Zambia, working with the youth and the Underprivileged youth and orphans in our community.



Short History of the Kodokwan Judo & Jujitsu Club of Zambia

Jonathan Kruger, John Kruger and Fr Jude McKenna
Jonathan Kruger’s with his first two Judo and jujitsu Sensei, his late father John Kruger, 6th Dan Kodokwan Jujitsu
and Fr Jude McKenna 7th Dan Judo.

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 this Kodokwan began to include formal judo practice in its dojo.

John Kruger Sr.
John Kruger Sr.

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.

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.

Shihan Jonathan Kruger
Shihan Jonathan Kruger

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.

After Kancho Joe Grant Grierson returned to South Africa in 1964 Sensei John Kruger took over the running of the Kodokwan dojo in Zambia.

Sensei John Kruger carried on teaching at the Kodokwan dojo from 1964 until he passed away in 2011. His son Jonathan Kruger already had taken over the running and coaching of the Kodokwan Judo Jujitsu Club of Zambia in 1998.

Today Shihan Jonathan Kruger 6th Dan is the Kaiden Menkyo third generation instructor to the Kodokwan Judo Jujitsu club of Zambia.



23 years experience
Zambia Judo Association Copperbelt Chairman and Head Coach World Judo Championships 1995 (national team) Makuhari City, Chiba Japan Zone VI African Judo Championships Silver and Bronze medalist Lusaka 1994 Zambian national judo team captain 1995-1998 Takatski City and Ibaraki City Inter High School Judo, Japan

Zambia Judo Association 4th Dan
Zanshin Judo Club U.S.A 3rd Dan
International Judo Federation (IJF) 1st and 2nd Dan

Budo Ryu International (6th Dan) honoree Budo Ryu International (5th dan) honoree Noble House Imatsu International (5th Dan) honoree Kodokwan Jujitsu Assocaition of South Africa (4th Dan) Israeli Martial Arts Center 1st Dan

Takatski Physical Education Center Takatsi City, Osaka Japan
(Judo,Tomiki- Aikido)
Rotherham Judo club and Youth Sports Center, Sheffield England YMCA Judo club (Seoul, South Korea) Central Sports Judo Club Lusaka Kamfinsa Mobile Police Judo Club Kamfinsa Central Police Judo club Kitwe Kodokwan Jujitsu/judo club of Kitwe

American Jujitsu Assocication
Budo Ryu International South Africa
House of Imatsu South Africa
Zanshin Judo club United States of America Asahi Dojo International Association Israeli Martial Arts Center Kodo Butoku Renmei Zambia Judo Association Internation Judo Federation Empire Martial Arts Association Karate for Christ International (U.S.A)

South Korea