The life of Jigoro Kano

Jigoro Kano and the Olympics

Judo spreads overseas

Judo spreads overseas

Judo never failed to fascinate the foreign ambassadors, ministers, military personnel, and teachers who witnessed it with their own eyes in Japan. In 1893, the Kodokan dojo admitted a student from England, and students from a host of other countries (USA, India, China, France, Canada, etc.) soon followed. These students then took the skills acquired at the Kodokan dojo back to their homelands, and Judo practitioners were soon to be found around the globe.

As Judo spread, the overseas demand for Japanese instructors began to grow accordingly. Although Jigoro attempted to answer this demand by dispatching instructors overseas, this entailed more than a few problems.

To begin with, Kodokan Judo is not focused solely on winning through the mastery of the Waza. The heart of Judo lies in its creed of "mutual benefit", which teaches character, and this concept was not easily conveyed to those who had been raised in different environments and cultures. Jigoro didn't give up, however, turning his attention to even deeper research of Judo, and to producing superior Judo practitioners within Japan. After arranging the necessary funds, he then dispatched overseas only those who excelled in both the scholastic and combat aspects of Judo.