Jigoro Kano
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Judo was founded in 1882, by Jigoro Kano, a 22 years old master of jiu-jitsu. He has seen, that it is not possible to live in modern Japan in the spirit of the old samurai era, however, modern sports are needed where the children can test and develop their strenghts and character, and they can be raised in discipline.

Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that has hundreds of years history in Japan. It contained the full martial art of old samurai from throws to sword techniques, and prepared the fighters for all possibilities. Jigoro Kano was lucky enough to be educated by the some of the best jiu-jitsu masters of his age, for example among others from Fukuda Hachinosuke, Iso Masatomo Totsuka Hikosuke, Iikubo Tsunetoshi.

After founding his own system, he named it "Ju-do" or the soft way. He left out those elements that were dangerous for the health of the body and reshaped it in a form of a sport. This way, he transmitted judo to children and adults alike.

Judo is now an Olympic game, which indicates the incredible popularity of judo. But to make judo popular all over the world, many Japanese masters had to proove abroad, that even a physically smaller human being can be victorious over the physically larger ones.

A typical story of the spreading of judo reads as follows. In one of the harbors of US, a judo master arrived and set up an area for fighting. He announced, that whoever can overcome him, wins hundreds of dollars. Of course the able bodied seemen felt the possibility of an easy victory over a man with only 130 pounds. They attacked with big swing, however, soon they found themselves thrown to the ground. It was unbelievable!!

So everybody wanted to learn this form of martial arts. However, only few could stand the extreme hardships of the judo training.

Since that time, Europeans also learned the life-style that is necessary for training in judo.

For more information, we recommend: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judo
 
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