The life of Jigoro Kano

Jigoro Kano and the Olympics

Jigoro Kano: educator of the mind, and educator of the body

Jigoro Kano: educator of the mind, and educator of the body

Kodokan Judo is about using an opponents own power to destabilize him, with the weaker power then toppling the stronger power. Jigoro was truly infatuated with the wonders of Judo, and he used Judo to educate many youths. He presented Judo as a system that went beyond martial arts, extending even to mind, body, and character building. Due to the character-forming instruction he offered his students as a teacher at Gakushuin, as headmaster at Koto Chugakko, and as head of the family style Kano Juku tutoring school, he came to be known as the "father of education".

Having a small physical stature, Jigoro learned how to throw opponents much larger than himself. He also possessed a calm demeanor, a sense of fairness in his actions, and a spirit that never gave up in the face of adversity. He was a man who was well liked, and a man who performed important roles in the service of society. In the field of sports, he was the first Asian member of the IOC (International Olympic Committee), and participated in preparing Japanese athletes for the Olympics, in the selection of Tokyo as an Olympiad site, and in making Judo an official Olympic event. Due to his generous contribution to both Judo and Japanese sports in general, he came to be known as the "father of physical education".