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It is with much regret that the Kano Society reports the death of one of our early members Bob (Robert) Thomas IJF 8th Dan, Kodokan 6th Dan. Bob, a recipient of The Kano Society Trophy for his services to judo, was a true ‘judoman’ who devoted a significant part of his life to the art. An extremely knowledgable and universally respected man, his passing will be felt with sorrow by the entire judo community.


Bob’s funeral will be on Tuesday 14th November in Glasgow.


At 10am there will be a private family cremation at the Linn Crematorium.


At 11am there will be a celebration of his life at Langside Parish Church (167 Ledard Rd, Glasgow G42 9QU). Please be aware that parking is difficult in this area. All are welcome.


After this, the family would like to invite people to eat with them at Loks Bar and Kitchen, 16 Newlandsfield Rd, Glasgow G43 2XU.


If you intending to attend the funeral, please let Wendy Thomas know via Facebook to help with the estimate of numbers attending -  Tribute Bulletin 32 now out


The Kano Society are very sorry to have to announce the death of one of our founder members, Syd Hoare who passed away on the morning of 12th of September 2017 after a long illness. He is sadly missed by many friends and family and his death marks the end of a Judo era. See Obituary  Funeral arrangements

Bulletin - Special Edition Tribute to Syd Hoare

The Kano Society has been in existence for 15 years and we believe that it is important to involve more members and bring in some younger Judoka who can continue the tradition of Kodokan Judo.


The Kano Society were initially organising events based on traditional Judo such as Kagamibiraki, Kangeiko, Kata classes and Newaza. We toured the UK with events at the Judokan; Dorking Judo club; Epsom; Bath University.

Some time ago we realised that it was impossible to serve the International membership with events since our members were so widely dispersed and at that point we decided to concentrate our efforts on an on-line presence.

The backbone of our activities is the Bulletin and we welcome contributions articles or photographs etc to this on-line publication.

Also see our 'Media' section.

We have been sent information about a website for Judo Teachers you may like to check it out.

Also links to a History of Judo Article