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Mind Over Muscle: Writings from the Founder of Judo [Hardcover]

Jigoro Kano
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7 Feb 2006
In 1882 Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) founded Kodokan Judo at Eishoji Temple in Tokyo. It was the culmination of a lifelong devotion to the jujutsu of the past, which he reorganized while taking great care to retain its classical traditions. Historically, martial arts were practiced only by the elite in Japan. Kano, a renowned educator as well as a sportsman, is credited with popularizing the martial arts, and in particular, judo, among people in all levels of society. When he was young, Kano studied jujutsu, a martial art practiced in Japan since feudal times, which

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (7 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770030150
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030153
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 13.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JIGORO KANO became a professor at the age of twenty-five and, as an influential educator, played an important role in transforming Japan into a modern nation. He served as Chairman of the Japan Amateur Sports Association and was the first Asian to be elected to the International Olympic Committee. YUKIMITSU KANO wrote the Foreword to this volume. He is the fourth president of the Kodokan, the president of the All Japan Judo Association and the grandson of the author.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for a better way of life...... 16 Jan 2009
It may seem strange to many that someone like myself, who devotes himself entirely to the study & practice of Karate, should read this book, let alone write a review on it.

Well, it's a great book, yes it really is!! I can't understand why anyone hasn't written a review about it yet, especially as it is written by the founding father of what we commonly call Judo today. The very man who brought Judo to the Olympics & the world.

This book isn't entirely about Judo 'though. Yes, it gives us a clear history of how it came into being in the early part of the 20th century & the problems that Kano Sensei encountered. How he single handed & studiously developed a proper system of teaching the art from an ancient Japanese fighting system that had previously been passed down by word of mouth & by mindlessly copying the teacher without any real explanation.

More than that he gives us inspiration & courage to go out & try something difficult & different that we've set our hearts upon doing like Judo or Karate & shows us that by persisting with our chosen task we can improve & strengthen our spirit, determination & character.

This isn't just a book for Judo-ka & Judo enthusiasts; it would be very suitable for all martial artists everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Over Muscle, Review 13 Feb 2009
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This is a fantastic book for the Judoka who is interested in the beginings of Judo. This book shows the fundamental teachings of Judo and why Jigoro Kano started the art. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you do to
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5.0 out of 5 stars kano is the main man 7 Oct 2009
if you're a judoka of any level this book is a must. this man is a god.
even if you're not judoka this book is a great read.
either way. buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jigoro Kano Genius 16 May 2011
I really loved reading this book. Its pages will not teach you directly how to strangle, throw or strike, but if what Kano writes is absorbed it will provide insight into all three and more. In the book Kano explains his concept of seiryoku zenyo (maximum efficiency)and his philosophy behind Kodokan Judo. This is not a book that will benefit only those practising or interested in judo; its lessons can be applied to many general areas of life. Thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mind over muscle 4 April 2011
good book as in it explains where judo came from and how kano set about putting things in judo in to place.. some good tips on judo but not many..

would say it is more for the knowlege of judo as an art and where its roots come from rather than a book on how to do judo.. but stil a very good read as i read it from front to back in one go..
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