JUDO MEMOIRS OF JIGORO KANO PDF

His choice of the name Kodokan symbolizes precocity in one so young and is highly significant, for it means the institute where one is guided along the road to follow in life, that is to say, a road that one travels as a means of self-cultivation, which Kano regarded as the optimum way to live ones life. This cultivation, however, can only be attained following long years of training made with vigorous exertion in an effort to reach the ultimate goal: self-perfection. At the age of twenty-four, Kano abruptly gave up the teaching of this ancient and altogether brutal activity and never taught jujutsu again. In his attempt to create for the modern age a non-violent, spiritually inspiring antagonistic art, he carried out research on several styles of jujutsu. Primarily in the interests of both safety and practicality, he altered and added his own devices to the techniques that he was later to incorporate into his newly conceived system of skills, which he named Kodokan judo.

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This cultivation, however, can only be attained following long years of training made with vigorous exertion in an effort to reach the ultimate goal: self-perfection. At the age of twenty-four, Kano abruptly gave up the teaching of this ancient and altogether brutal activity and never taught jujutsu again. In his attempt to create for the modern age a non-violent, spiritually inspiring antagonistic art, he carried out research on several styles of jujutsu.

Watson a frequent contributor to JudoInfo. It is expected to be available late in September and I will post a link as soon as it is. This material has been available in Japanese for many years -- it was first published in a series of articles in and in the monthly Kodokan Culture Council magazine Sako, and was re-published in in Kano Jigoro Chosakushu Collected Works of Jigoro Kano volume III.

Only now you can read it in English and learn more about the founder of Judo, including his thoughts on a wide range of subjects. It has a lot of early history of both the man and the Kodokan.

For example, the section Hardship Can be Good Medicine starts with "One thing difficult to comprehend for most people is that the attainment of confidence and a sense of contentment, which can result from mastery of the skills of judo, are to be achieved only after long years of strenuous practice against tough opponents.

This leaves many of us starving for whatever original information is available. Thanks to Brian N. Watson for making this available in English. Watson also includes a nice essay of his own on the influence of judo on Japanese society. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to all judoka. Watson, himself a Kodokan judo fourth dan and former special research student, does this also for the philosophy, methods and aims of Jigoro Kano, the "Father of Judo" - a remarkable man.

Most people on learning judo or learning of judo regard it, rightly so, as an enjoyable sport, some may have heard it described as a physical, mental, and yes, spiritual study. Few actually realize these latter potentials. This book may redress this.

This book is a must, not only for judoka but also for all dedicated budo practitioners. In transforming the violent military techniques of jujitsu into the physical and mental system of judo, Kano truly "Wrought sword into Ploughshare".

John V. Another brilliant book by Brian Watson By C. Draycott on Oct 28, To anyone interested in the history of judo, this is a unique account of the beginnings and purposes of judo, and the inspiration that came from Jigoro Kano. He believed that judo was not purely about fighting competitively, but above all, is about physical fitness and ability, with a spiritual essence.

Colin C. As a non Japanese speaker, let alone reader; the writings of Jigoro Kano are a mystery to me. This book is a good starting point for any Judo student interested in understanding more about Judo. This book is a brilliant starting point for anyone wanting to expand their Judo knowledge.

The Glossary was a surprising gem, it has both word definitions and summaries about people and places in the book! Must read for martial arts historians By C.

Clarke on Sep 09, Brian Watson has done us all a major service in making available these memoirs of Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo and one of the giants of 20th century Japan. The title is unfortunately a bit misleading, however, in that Kano says little about the actual practice of Judo or his students. This book should be on the bookshelf of every serious martial arts history student and every judoka. Well presented By Dr J on Jan 25, Master Kano was able to describe the most intricate aspects of Judo and historical Martial Arts in a manner that serious students can understand and further enrich their lives.

He noted that with the change from the Feudal warring era to the more modern age the shift in emphasis went to developing the individual thru martial training. His presentation was superb and the examples used were terrific to help the reader understand the values available by training in Judo today.

Mcdevitt Jr. Good account of who Jigoro Kano was and how Judo came about By Thor on Dec 18, I think this book was put together well and was a great source of information for anyone seeking to know the true origin of Judo and who Jigoro Kano was.

There were some parts where I did skip over such as the failure of the magazine, but as a whole I would recommend this book as a good view into who Jigoro Kano was and how Judo came about. Wonderful little book on Kano shihan By Training Director on Sep 04, I bought this book after meeting and having dinner with the author at the Press Club in Tokyo.

Brian is a former judoka who has lived and trained in Japan for over 40 years. Highly recomended. I with there was more biographical information to put the words in historical context. In any case, its an interesting read - but you need to be a judo fanatic to really get into the details. Nanjo on Jan 25, To understand Judo as "do" vs.

It is the best available text on Judo history and philosophy. If you practice Judo only as sport, Judo Memoirs will open your eyes to the bigger picture of the "do" as philosophy and educational system. If you are already on the pathway of the Ju-Do, there is no better single English language source for valuable information and insight.

We can only hope that Mr. Watson continues his efforts, and provides the English speaking Judo community with more outstanding works. Also note that Mr. Kano that we highly recommend. A must for all Jujutsu and Judo enthusiasts! Reading the words and thoughts of Kano Sensei himself was refreshing and thought provoking. Kano tells us the way to randori! By Gary S. Really enjoying this book By Sondra Quenelle on Feb 09, Learned many new facts about his life that I was not aware of, lots of info to pass on to my students.

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This cultivation, however, can only be attained following long years of training made with vigorous exertion in an effort to reach the ultimate goal: self-perfection. At the age of twenty-four, Kano abruptly gave up the teaching of this ancient and altogether brutal activity and never taught jujutsu again. In his attempt to create for the modern age a non-violent, spiritually inspiring antagonistic art, he carried out research on several styles of jujutsu. Watson a frequent contributor to JudoInfo. It is expected to be available late in September and I will post a link as soon as it is. This material has been available in Japanese for many years -- it was first published in a series of articles in and in the monthly Kodokan Culture Council magazine Sako, and was re-published in in Kano Jigoro Chosakushu Collected Works of Jigoro Kano volume III.

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