Glossary of Judo terminology
The Jigoro Kano Cup
Jigoro Kano was a Judo practitioner and educator who lived and worked in the Meiji-to-Showa era, and is recognized as the "father of Judo". In addition to playing an instrumental role in the development of Judo, sports, and education, Jigoro also founded Kodokan Judo, thereby opening the road to Judo in Japan.
In honor of his distinguished service, and for the purpose of promoting Judo around the world, "The Jigoro Kano Cup" International Judo Tournament (men's division only) was inaugurated in January of 1978.
However, this tournament was not held on a regular basis, and the 12th "Jigoro Kano Cup" was therefore held in 2006. Beginning from 2007, the Fukuoka International Women's Judo Championships was incorporated into "The Jigoro Kano Cup" tournament, with both men and women then competing. From 2009, "The Jigoro Kano Cup" became one of the "Grand Slam" events, with points being added in accordance with the newly adopted ranking system.