Jigoro Kano was a Japanese educator and martial artist who would go on to become the founder of Judo, a system of martial arts rooted in Jujutsu. He helped Judo become the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread recognition through having it inducted as an official Olympic sport. In conjunction to his contributions through serving on the International Olympic Committee, Jigoro Kano also served as the director of education for the Ministry of Education in Japan. As director of education, he contributed to the successful effort to have Judo as well as Kendo become public education programs in the 1910s.


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Mind Over Muscle: Writings from the Founder of Judo by Jigoro Kano

In 1882 Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) founded Kodokan Judo at Eishoji Temple in Tokyo. It was the culmination of a lifelong devotion to the jujutsu of the past, which he reorganized while taking great care to retain its classical traditions. Historically, martial arts were practiced only by the elite in Japan. Kano, a renowned educator as well as a sportsman, is credited with popularizing the martial arts, and in particular, judo, among people in all levels of society.



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Kodokan Judo by Jigoro Kano

Judo, or the Way of Gentleness, an ideal form of physical exercise and a reliable system. of self-defense, was specially created from traditional Japanese martial arts. This book by the creator of Kodokan judo is uniquely comprehensive and the most authoritative guide to this martial art ever published.



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Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano by Brian Watson

In his attempt to create for the modern age a non-violent, spiritually inspiring antagonistic art, he carried out research on several styles of jujutsu. Primarily in the interests of both safety and practicality, he altered and added his own devices to the techniques that he was later to incorporate into his newly conceived system of skills, which he named 'Kodokan judo' In lectures, Kano often stated the following: 'The ultimate object of studying judo is to train and cultivate body and mind through practice in attack and defense, and by thus mastering the essentials of the art, to attain perfection of oneself and bring benefits to the world'