The life of Jigoro Kano

Jigoro Kano and the Olympics

The power of Judo

The power of Judo

Although the efforts of Jigoro resulted in Tokyo being selected as host to the 12th Olympiad in 1939, this Olympiad was unfortunately canceled due to the onset of World War II. Japan had been at war for 15 years, and even after World War II ended, the occupying forces in Japan banned the practice of martial arts such as Judo and Kendo, etc. All roads to the Olympics appeared to be blocked. However, the Japanese spirit of martial arts still breathed, and was preserved by the faithful who had trained under Jigoro at the Kodokan dojo.

Then, in 1948, the All Japan Judo Championships and the All Japan Police Judo Championships were held, and in 1949, the All Japan Judo Federation was formed. In 1950, the practice of Judo was again allowed in schools, and judo clubs sprang up within the All Japan High School Athletic Federation. The All Japan University Judo Federation was also formed, further promoting the growth of Judo. Today, annual Judo rallies and competitions are held across Japan.