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Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2015 at 11:07 am

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By Antonio Graceffo

“The teaching of one virtuous person can influence many; that which has been learned well in one generation can be passed on to a hundred.” Jigoro Kano. The founder of Kodokan Judo

I have a new hero, Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo. While I don’t always love judo, I find this man to be one of the truest poet-warriors in the classic sense, in the same category as Mas Oyama, the founder of kyokushin. Jigoro was a school teacher, with a master’s degree, who spoke English perfectly and studied the Chinese and Japanese classics extensively. In Japan, he is not only known for his tremendous contribution to the world of martial arts, namely, the invention of kodokan judo, but he is also known for modernizing the Japanese education system, as well as being the father of physical education in Japan. He dedicated his entire life to a small handful of noble pursuits, study, teaching, training, and passing on both the secrets of kodokan and a moral code by which he wished his students would live. It is interesting that I don’t like the art of judo that much, because it doesn’t suit my personality. But I enjoy reading about judo, and particularly about its founder, Jigoro Kano, so much, that I am considering going to Japan for training.

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of sport, writing his dissertation on comparative forms of Chinese wrestling. He is martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.


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