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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.

When he was young, Kano studied jujutsu, a martial art practiced in Japan since feudal times, which involved throwing, hitting, kicking, stabbing, slashing, choking, bending and twisting limbs-and defenses against these attacks. After years of studying, he realized that although many different jujutsu techniques were taught, there was no one core value holding them together. Kano identified an all-pervasive principle- to make the most efficient use of mental and physical energy-and combined only those techniques in which this principle was correctly applied into modern judo. "Ju" means gentleness or giving way. "Do" means principle or the way. Judo, therefore is the Way of Gentleness, which implies that first giving way leads to ultimate victory. The Kodokan is literally, "the school for studying the Way." This book is a collection of Kano's essential teachings, selected and compiled from his wealth of writings and lectures spanning a period of fifty-one years. Today the International Judo Federation has 187 member countries and regions. As an official sport of the Olympic Games, judo has inspired young people of all nationalities, and Kodokan is universally recognized as the Mecca of Judo.


Comprehensive and enlightening overview of the life's work and essential teachings of the founder of judo, written between 1889-"1936 by the man who popularized the sport which went on to become an Olympic event in 1972.

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JIGORO KANO became a professor at the age of twenty-five and, as an influential educator, played an important role in transforming Japan into a modern nation. He served as Chairman of the Japan Amateur Sports Association and was the first Asian to be elected to the International Olympic Committee. YUKIMITSU KANO wrote the Foreword to this volume. He is the fourth president of the Kodokan, the president of the All Japan Judo Association and the grandson of the author.

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rjason, December 17, 2007 (view all comments by rjason)
The greatest book explaining the basic principles of judo and their application in the dojo and in life. This and Jigaro Kano's "Illustrated Kodokan Judo" are a must for every student of Kodokan Judo.

I recommend them both to all my students - past, present and future. However, this book will ensure that a student of judo will know what the Founder of Judo (and the Premier Educator of his time) really thought about how his principles and judo should be studied, taught and applied.

With a world of dojos popping up like coffee shops in Seattle and each teacher professing the true way it will be a great study for the novice to separate the rice from the chaff.

"jinsei no koro wa tada itsu aru nomi" Jigoro Kano

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Writings from the Founder of Judo
Ross, Nancy H.
Foreword by:
Kano, Yukimitsu
Kano, Yukimitsu
Kano, Jigoro
Kano, Yukimitsu
Naoki Murata
Kodansha USA
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Martial Arts - Judo
Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Travel, Sports, and Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Travel, Sports, & Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Martial Arts-Judo and Jujitsu
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Travel, Sports, & Recreation
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