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Jigoro Kano


1860 - 1938

Founder of Judo

Dr. Jigoro Kano was born in 1860 in Kobe,

Japan into a wealthy family. In 1877, as a college student

he studied Tenshin-Shinyo Jujitsu under Hachinosuke

Fukuda and Masatomo Iso. Fukuda gave Jigoro Kano a

heavy iron rod which Kano used to practice bojitsu

techniques (stick fighting). After very hard workouts Kano

massaged his aching body with a strong foul smelling

liniment which he prepared himself. The other students in the dojo

referred to him as Kano the Odoriferous.

Fukuda died in 1880 at 52 years of age. Jigoro

Kano, his student, tried to keep his dojo open, but

realized he needed more training.

Kano then began his studies of Kito-Ryu under Tsunetoshi

Iikubo. The Kito-Ryu emphasized nagewaza (throwing techiniques).

These techniques complemented the grappling techniques of

Tenshin-Shinyo Ryu. In 1882 Kano founded Kodokan Judo. His system

of martial arts (Judo) all but replaced the parent arts of jujitsu in Japan. Dr. Kano,

was an educator and was successful in introducing Judo into the Japanese school

system. Dr. Kano traveled the world spreading judo to many nations. He

visited the dojo of George Yoshida in New York City in 1920, 1936 and

1938. In 1924, Dr. Kano awarded a sandan to Henry Seishiro Okazaki, the

founder of Danzan-Ryu. Dr. Kano died in 1938 on board the ship SS

Hikawa Maru on a return voyage from Cairo where he had met with

an Olympic committee. It was his dream to have judo in the

Olympic games





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