Face your fear, empty yourself, trust your own voice, let go of control, have faith in outcomes, connect with a larger purpose, derive meaning from the struggle.

— Kano Jigoro

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The purpose of the study of judo is to perfect yourself and to contribute to society.


Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens.


Before and after practicing Judo or engaging in a match, opponents bow to each other. Bowing is an expression of gratitude and respect. In effect, you are thanking your opponent for giving you the opportunity to improve your technique.


The pine fought the storm and broke. The willow yielded to the wind and snow and did not break. Practice Jiu-Jitsu in just this way.


Judo should be free as art and science from any external influences, political, national, racial, and financial or any other organized interest. And all things connected with it should be directed to its ultimate object, the benefit of Humanity.


If there is effort, there is always accomplishment.


Carefully observe oneself and one's situation, carefully observe others, and carefully observe one's environment. Consider fully, act decisively.


Walk a single path, become neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat.


Judo is a study of techniques with which you may kill if you wish to kill, injure if you wish to injure, subdue if you wish to subdue, and, when attacked, defend yourself


Judo helps us to understand that worry is a waste of energy.


Judo teaches us to look for the best possible course of action, whatever the individual circumstances.


The teaching of one virtuous person can influence many;

that which has been learned well by one generation can be passed on to a hundred.


About Kano Jigoro

Quotes 26 sayings
Profession Martial Artist
Birthday October 28, 1860

There are people who are excitable by nature and allow themselves to become angry for the most trivial of reasons. Judo can help such people learn to control themselves. Through training, they quickly realize that anger is a waste of energy, that it has only negative effects on the self and others.


For one thing, Judo in reality is not a mere sport or game.

I regard it as a principle of life, art and science. In fact, it is a means for personal cultural attainment.


Judo is the way to the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength.


In Randori we teach the pupil to act on the fundamental principles of Judo, no matter how physically inferior his opponent may seem to him, and even if by sheer strength he can easily overcome him; because if he acts contrary to principle his opponent will never be convinced of defeat, no matter what brute strength he may have used.


In randori we learn employ the principle of maximum efficiency even when we could easily overpower an opponent.


In randori, one must search out the opponent's weaknesses and be ready to attack with all the resources at his disposal the moment the opportunity presents itself, without violating the rules of judo.


It is not important to be better than someone else, but to be better than yesterday.


Nothing under the sun is greater than education.

By educating one person and sending him into the society of his generation, we make a contribution extending a hundred generations to come.


Judo is the way to the most effective use of both physical and spiritual strength. By training you in attacks and defenses it refines your body and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of Judo a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute something of value to the world. This is the final goal of Judo discipline.


Apply just the right amount of force — never too much, never too little.


Paradoxically, the man who has failed and one who is at the peak of success are in exactly the same position. Each must decide what he will do next, choose the course that will lead him to the future.


Consider fully, act decisively.


To ask may be but a moment's shame, not to ask and remain ignorant is a lifelong shame.