Mind Over Muscle Writings from the Founder of Judo PDF

Mind Over Muscle Writings from the Founder of Judo 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 societyWhen he was young Kano studied jujutsu a martial art practiced in Japan since feudal times which involved throwing hitting kicking stabbing slashing choking bending and twisting limbs and defenses against these attacks After years of studying he realized that although many different jujutsu techniues were taught there was no one core value holding them together Kano identified an all pervasive principle to make the most efficient use of mental and physical energy and combined only those techniues in which this principle was correctly applied into modern judo Ju means gentleness or giving way Do means principle or the way Judo therefore is the Way of Gentleness which implies that first giving way leads to ultimate victory The Kodokan is literally the school for studying the Way This book is a collection of Kano's essential teachings selected and compiled from his wealth of writings and lectures spanning a period of fifty one years Today the International Judo Federation has 187 member countries and regions As an official sport of the Olympic Games judo has inspired young people of all nationalities and Kodokan is universally recognized as the Mecca of Judo

About the Author: Jigoro Kano

Kanō Jigorō 嘉納 治五郎 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938 was the founder of judo Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition and the first to become an official Olympic sport Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking between members of a martial art sty

10 thoughts on “Mind Over Muscle Writings from the Founder of Judo

  1. Li Xi Li Xi says:

    Written with well meant intentions but as Kano himself points out though one aims to go about development with well meant intentions if one does so overzealously one will become riddled with illnesses despite ones effort Meanwhile those that may never exercise at all come home from office work healthy despite not exerting any physical effort at all And so Kano has written numerous passages with well meant intentions that go against his own efforts of recommending JudoKano synthesized the the throwing and grappling techniues of that available in Japan at the time into what is now recognized as ju do gentle way He trained under three masters of jujutsu and then worked with 19 other masters of various schools to found Judokan However despite being a master of martial arts and espousing his way he never reached a full understanding of the way Kano speaks of practicing judo for the sake of judo an end in itself but continues to peddle judo as a means to an end of effectively jumpstarting the economy rectifying social morals and strengthening the national character of Japan It’s here that he grows heavy handed Though he was council on numerous boards of Japanese society his main expertise remains in the martial arts not statecraft nor theology which is what he tries to shoehorn judo as a cure all forMaybe it’s his lack of skill as a writer or maybe it was a bad translation but the way he tries to explain what can’t be explained and to then repeatedly sell it judo as process to solve the problems of education nationalism or morality demonstrates a lack of understanding that sullies the very leadership or what he perceives to be leadership that he himself is trying to recommend It’s not as if he’s unaware or itThere is a point in the book where he talks about on of his students A general Who on getting dock leave instead of going out for a drink or relaxing would instead spend his time practicing judo He appends this description with the apt conclusion that one must not practice for the sake of outward observance but instead like the general be the person who would want to practice for the sake of practicing That the only reason to pursue any art is for the art itself not economy moralizations or society For the artKano knows this That’s why he said it But he seemed unable to reconcile his physical mastery based on the art of hardness yielding to the soft with the very breadth of intellectual openness that he himself tries to recommend This mismatch between the physical practice of a gentle give and take and then the constant preaching of hardset rules expectations and moralizing displays something akin to an intellectual dishonesty And so when he speaks one can hear how disordered and contradictory his thoughts areThis book also tends to repeat itself A lot Could be cut down to less than 50 pages without material loss

  2. Randolf Stephens Randolf Stephens says:

    A must read for every martial artist As a Gracie Jiu Jitsu student and a history buff of sorts I really enjoyed the historical perspective and philosophical insights into the man who is essentially the ancestral founder of what is referred to today as the 'gentle art' The similarities between the foundation stories of Judo and Gracie Jiu Jitsu and the founders themselves was a real surprise for me but on reflection perhaps it shouldn't be? To paraphrase Bruce Lee human beings all have the same general physiology martial arts is an expression of that physiology so it's therefore natural that similiraties exist across cultures in how we express our physical selves Trying to claim 'ownership' over origin is therefore futile and misses the higher purpose of martial arts Jigoro Kano seems to share this view which probably indicates that Bruce Lee read and was influenced by his work but it also provides the context for Gracie Jiu Jitsu's evolution from its Judo roots The philosophical insights on Jigoro Kano suggests that Helio Gracie's evolution of the Judo he learnt from his brother andor one of Kano's students into Gracie Jiu Jitsu may be the highest form of compliment to Kano's foundational principles of 'seiryoku zenyo' and 'jita kyoei'

  3. だれ だれ says:

    我一直以為柔道的基本理念是以柔克剛,其實是精力善用和自他共榮。創始人 Kano 還說,練柔道的終極目標是為社會做貢獻,通過練柔道培養出的強健體魄。沒有很多道的感覺,Kano 建立的講道館柔道非常實用主義。 Kano 是個很有 ambition 的人,他說大學剛畢業的時候想當首相或者百萬富翁,後來覺得唯有教育事業最崇高,最能夠流芳百世,於是他選擇教育事業,這個因果關係說明他不是一個超脫的人。看這本書反而減弱了我對柔道的興趣,因為我不是實用主義,也不知道為什麼要為社會做貢獻,如何做貢獻,教育是否真的可以讓社會變得更好,這裡的好又由誰來定義。我對人類命運的整體走向一直無法樂觀,對世界改良論也無法認同,我想要樂觀也想要認同,但不是靠欺騙自己的判斷。從明治維新時代開始,日本擯棄一些亞洲價值來學習西方。Kano 覺得當日本向其他國家學習了很多東西,卻沒有什麼能教給其他國家時,日本會感覺慚愧而且被看不起,所以他向世界推廣柔道。因為自己是日本人,日本被看不起就是他被看不起,他這麼要強的一個人。由於日本國土資源特別少,追求效用最大化和國際合作是很自然且唯一的生存之道。說柔道是日本道也不為過,跟 Shunryu Suzuki 萬物一全的禪道有地天之別,我更喜歡後者,兩者互補一下。我不提倡奢華浪費,但一味追求效用最大化活得也不爽快,可能也是個會改變的認知。周日要比賽了啊。。。樂觀點想柔道還是要發展的,可以加點新的理念進去,就像當年柔術變成柔道一樣。希望找得到一個心嚮往之的 cause。

  4. Evghenii Filipenco Evghenii Filipenco says:

    Раскрывает простые но глубокие принципы которые закладывал основатель дзюдо в свою систему 

  5. Kunal Popalghat Kunal Popalghat says:


  6. Joseph Joseph says:

    Containing many segments from writings lectures and letters by renowned Judo founder teacher and Martial Arts Master Jigoro Kano 'Mind over Muscle' speaks of both the practical and ideal elements to the philosophic lessons of Judo as well as Sensei Kano's intended hopes for Judo and for all Martial Arts' futures His focus is clear as his love for humanity and for learning abound in a free flowing hard hitting report of the need for increased and sophisticated Physical Education as a part of a wholesome education system that is as gentle and dominant as the martial art its founder helped to organize 'Mind over Muscle' is essential reading for all interested teachers and martial artists and it's call for a balanced and classical education is now important than ever

  7. Patrick Patrick says:

    This book contains writings from the founder of judo Jigoro Kano Contrary to popular belief judo is not just a sport it is also a life philosophy I highly recommend the book to all judo enthusiasts who wish to expand their knowledge concerning the origin and purpose of Jigoro Kano's creation

  8. Tim Tim says:

    This book is OK Part one was very informative but parts two and three seemed to be disjoint and the author tends to ramble i heard that the latter parts of the book were edited together from writings from different parts of Kano Sensei's life That might explain the lack of cohesiveness

  9. Michael Michael says:

    An interesting collection of essays and letters that outlines the development of Kano's philosophical foundations for a Japanese contribution to modernity

  10. Bill Bill says:

    Excellent background on the nature of Judo and why Judoka train the way they do There is a lot to absorb here for such a thin book

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