The life of Jigoro Kano

Jigoro Kano and the Olympics

The world and Judo

The world and Judo

50 years have elapsed since Kodokan emissaries first began planting the seeds of Judo overseas, and the fruits of their labor are a wonder to behold. Though overseas Judo appeared on the verge of extinction at one point, it made a vigorous comeback, collecting students who were no less zealous than those in Japan, and in 1948, the European Judo Union (EJU) was formed. Then, in 1951, the European Judo Union became the International Judo Federation (IJF), quickly evolving into the managing organization for international Judo. Japan also joined the IJF, and the memorable 1st World Judo Championship was held in Tokyo under the auspices of the IJF, with 21 countries participating.

Overseas Judo continued to develop at a rapid pace, and, 26 years after Jigoro's death, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) voted to adopt Judo as a formal Olympic event. Judo made its Olympic debut in the next Olympiad which was held, at long last, in Tokyo.

60 years have flown since the formation of the International Judo Federation. Though it now boasts a membership of some 200 countries, world Judo continues to grow.