The Way of Judo: A Portrait of Jigoro Kano and His Students

The Way of Judo: A Portrait of Jigoro Kano and His Students

by John Stevens
     
 

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Kodokan judo, one of the most well-known martial arts in the world today, was originated by Jigoro Kano (1860–1938), a martial artist and career educator who developed the art after studying several types of jujutsu, sumo, and Western wrestling. Openness and refinement were hallmarks of his personal and professional style, and he relentlessly searched for the

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Kodokan judo, one of the most well-known martial arts in the world today, was originated by Jigoro Kano (1860–1938), a martial artist and career educator who developed the art after studying several types of jujutsu, sumo, and Western wrestling. Openness and refinement were hallmarks of his personal and professional style, and he relentlessly searched for the best way to practice, teach, and perform techniques.

This biography shows how Kano saw judo as a vehicle not just for self-defense, but for physical, spiritual, and moral development as well. His teachings clearly emphasize his ideal of judo as a way of self-cultivation that leads to physical health, ethical behavior, and ultimately a better society. Kano was a tireless activist who promoted the practical application of judo’s principles in all realms of life—in one’s personal behavior, for education, in work, for economic benefit, and in both the local and international political arenas.

Kano’s students were a colorful, sometimes notorious bunch, and this book reveals how several went on to become famous—or infamous—in their own right. They include a prime minister of Japan, the leader of the Communist party in China, a famous novelist, a spy, high-level military leaders, and a media mogul, among many others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834829015
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,115,740
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

John Stevens was born in Chicago in 1947. He is a professor and Aikido instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan. He is the world's leading author on the practice and philosophy of Aikido.

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