Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - Jigoro Kano’s pursuit of ideal judo and its succession: Judo’s techniques performed from a distance

Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, had great interest several other martial arts: boxing, karate, aiki-jujutsu, bo-jutsu, wrestling and others. He studied them enthusiastically to improve judo with the objective of making it the best that it could be. The new training method that Kano conceived in 1918 was to be a combination of judo and kendo and was the result of his studying those other martial arts. The purpose of this study is to examine Kano’s involvement with those five other martial arts. By following the details of that process, we will learn how Kano enthusiastically pursued his ideal judo and was dissatisfied with judo as it was. Jiro Nango, the second president of Kodokan, succeeded Kano’s will by establishing the group to study Judo's techniques performed from a distance. Kenji Tomiki, one of the group's instructors, completed the article entitled The Systematic Study of Techniques While Maintaining Distance in Judo: The Principles of Judo and the Techniues of Aiki-budo, on the basis of accumulation of study theretofore. The article is considered as an answer to the question posed by Master Kano.