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The Unique Resolve Of Judo Excerpts From Judo Memoirs Of Jigoro Kano Early History Of Judo

The following are excerpts from Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano EARLY HISTORY OF JUDO by Brian N. Watson Unfortunately I found this book is quite hard to get hold of and unwisely when I took the note I forgot to not the page. Still, I think that anyone interested in Judo history would be interested in these excerpts and maybe go find the book and read it for themselves.

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"Some would no doubt argue that other sports can produce a similar spirit of resolve. This assertion may be true, but whereas Kano's judo is meant to be focused on the pursuit of physical, mental and moral self-perfection, few if any western sports are similarly directed to such high ideals.

In the West, many sporting activities are almost totally focused on only the physical development of the athlete."


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"Kano sought to combine judo with education in an attempt to nurture a judo man mentally balanced and with a well-rounded character. His attempt was to harmoniously link the two together so that the one complemented the other. One of the reasons for his creating judo seems to have been the belief that some things of importance in life are difficult or perhaps impossible to teach merely by the written word in book learning. As a teacher, or sports instructor, how do you inspire a student to be courageous, respectful, disciplined, self-confident or bolster his willpower, for example

Kano: `The three levels of judo are -training for defense against attack, cultivation of both mind and body, and putting one's energy to good use."


"We have also affirmed judo's highest goal as that of self-perfection for the betterment of society. For the sake of convenience, let us place the foundation -training for defense against attack -at the bottom tom and call it lower-level judo. Let us call training and cultivation, which are by-products of training for defense against attack, middle-level judo. The study of how to put one's energy to use in society comes last, so let us call it upper-level judo.

When we divide judo into these three levels, we can see that it must not be limited to training for fighting in the dojo, and even if you train your body and cultivate your mind, if you do not go to the highest level, you cannot truly benefit society. No matter how great a person you are, how superior your intelligence, or how strong your body, if you die without achieving anything, thing, as the proverb says: "Unused treasure is wasted treasure." It can be said that you perfected yourself, but it cannot be said that you contributed to the improvement of society. I urge all practitioners of judo to recognize that it consists of these three levels and to undergo their training without undue emphasis of one aspect over another."


Professor Kano quote: Here Trevor Pryce Leggett, quotes Professor Kano. The quote was heard by Leggett in a lecture given in English by Kano when he was in London.

"In an argument, you may silence your opponent by pressing an advantage of strength, or of wealth, or of education. cation. But you do not really convince him. Though he is no longer saying anything, in his heart he still keeps to his opinion, the only way to make him change that opinion is to speak quietly and reasonably. When he understands that you are not trying to defeat him, but only to find the truth, he will listen to you and perhaps accept what you tell him."

Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano
Brian N. Watson

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