Ippon-Shop Judo

Ippon-Shop Judo IPPON GEAR IS THE NEW JUDO BRAND! Our vision is to supply all judoka with modern, innovative and high-quality judo products for an affordable price!

The IPPON SHOP is official Diamond Supplier of the EJU since 2016. 2018, is a special year for the passionate Judo supplier. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Ippon Shop released his own high-quality Judo brand, called IPPON GEAR. This brand is officially IJF approved and equipes stars like Lukas Krpalek or the national teams of Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, and Croatia!

The IPPON SHOP is official Diamond Supplier of the EJU since 2016. 2018, is a special year for the passionate Judo supplier. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Ippon Shop released his own high-quality Judo brand, called IPPON GEAR. This brand is officially IJF approved and equipes stars like Lukas Krpalek or the national teams of Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, and Croatia!

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TOGETHER TOWARDS PARIS.Since two years Andrea Stojadinov puts a smile on our face with her style of fighting, character ...
22/12/2021

TOGETHER TOWARDS PARIS.

Since two years Andrea Stojadinov puts a smile on our face with her style of fighting, character and personality.

The Serbian U23 was the upcoming 48kg fighter ahead of Tokyo 2020 but an injury postponed her Olympic dream. We are sure, only until 2024.

The 21-year old is already a 2-times World Championships and 10-times European Champions medalist at Junior, Cadet and U23 level.

Now, it’s time to shine at senior level and we are proud to make that step together with Andrea.

Short before Christmas, we prolonged our partnership. Together we will go till Paris 2024, our big dream and goal.

THANKS FOR YOUR TRUST, ANDREA!

#teamippongear #roadtoparis #ippongear #judoserbia #judo #judoka #unitedbymartialarts #dreambig

NEW CHAPTER FOR SWEDEN.After the Olympics in Tokyo, long-time head coach Robert Eriksson stepped back from his position....
21/12/2021

NEW CHAPTER FOR SWEDEN.

After the Olympics in Tokyo, long-time head coach Robert Eriksson stepped back from his position.

After 17 years, he will focus more on the organisation and management of Judo in Sweden.

Now, the Swedish Judo Federation announced a great replacement. A mix of national and international experience.

Olympic and World Bronze medalist Sally Conway will take over the lead together with assistant coach Viktor Carlsson.

An exciting and promising combination and a step in the right direction for the biggest Scandinavian Judo federation.

All the best for the new coaches and especially for Sally in her new role.

#teamippongear #judosweden #ippongear #judoka #sallyconway #sweden #roadtoparis #ippon

NEW CHAPTER FOR SWEDEN.

After the Olympics in Tokyo, long-time head coach Robert Eriksson stepped back from his position.

After 17 years, he will focus more on the organisation and management of Judo in Sweden.

Now, the Swedish Judo Federation announced a great replacement. A mix of national and international experience.

Olympic and World Bronze medalist Sally Conway will take over the lead together with assistant coach Viktor Carlsson.

An exciting and promising combination and a step in the right direction for the biggest Scandinavian Judo federation.

All the best for the new coaches and especially for Sally in her new role.

#teamippongear #judosweden #ippongear #judoka #sallyconway #sweden #roadtoparis #ippon

19/12/2021

IJF COMMUNITY AWARD 2021 🥇

Sabrina Filzmoser is Judo. She’s a 4-time Olympian and the oldest IJF World Tour medalist with her 2019 Budapest Grand Prix Bronze Medal at the age of 39.

On top of her remarkable career, she’s very likely the most committed ambassador for the sport of Judo.

Being the IJF Climate ambassador as well as part of the IJF athlete commission, Sabrina Filzmoser runs her own Judo project in Nepal.

Now, the IJF awarded her with another well deserved title, the IJF Community Award for her second to none commitment for the sport.

@sabshero, you are not just a hero, you are a legend. For your time after the active sports career, we wish you the best of luck, health and happiness. THANK YOU, SABSI.

#sabrinafilzmoser #judoaustria #ippongear #teamippongear #judoka #judo #communityward #legend #hero ##judofamily #judonepal

PROUD OF THIS TEAM.Our IPPONGEAR roots are in Abensberg, and therefore we are always proud when @tsvabensbergjudo perfor...
12/12/2021

PROUD OF THIS TEAM.

Our IPPONGEAR roots are in Abensberg, and therefore we are always proud when @tsvabensbergjudo performs like yesterday.

We saw beautiful judo, a second to none team spirit and unbeatable emotions from this team in Paris during the Champions League Event.

In the end, this package resulted in a well deserved Bronze medal and the ticket for next year’s EJU Champions League.

THE LEGACY CONTINUES.

#proud #championsleague #unitedbymartialarts #ippongear #teamippongear #europeanjudo #eju #judo #judoka #ippon

PROUD OF THIS TEAM.

Our IPPONGEAR roots are in Abensberg, and therefore we are always proud when @tsvabensbergjudo performs like yesterday.

We saw beautiful judo, a second to none team spirit and unbeatable emotions from this team in Paris during the Champions League Event.

In the end, this package resulted in a well deserved Bronze medal and the ticket for next year’s EJU Champions League.

THE LEGACY CONTINUES.

#proud #championsleague #unitedbymartialarts #ippongear #teamippongear #europeanjudo #eju #judo #judoka #ippon

ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM.After one year of COVID break, @tsvabensbergjudo came back to win the 22nd German national title in ...
11/12/2021

ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM.

After one year of COVID break, @tsvabensbergjudo came back to win the 22nd German national title in dominant style like in the good old days.

Today, the legendary team will compete in Paris at the EJU Champions League representing Germany.

Already 7-times did the Bavarians clinch the European title. It will need a good team spirit to make it eight but everything is possible, especially at team events.

Get ready for emotions, top judo and some great fights. Don’t miss a thing and watch the fights on EJU.net.

COME ON, ABENSBERG!

#judo #teamippongear #tsvabensberg #tsvabensbergjudo #judoka #team #europeanjudo #eju #championsleague #judo #ippongear

ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM.

After one year of COVID break, @tsvabensbergjudo came back to win the 22nd German national title in dominant style like in the good old days.

Today, the legendary team will compete in Paris at the EJU Champions League representing Germany.

Already 7-times did the Bavarians clinch the European title. It will need a good team spirit to make it eight but everything is possible, especially at team events.

Get ready for emotions, top judo and some great fights. Don’t miss a thing and watch the fights on EJU.net.

COME ON, ABENSBERG!

#judo #teamippongear #tsvabensberg #tsvabensbergjudo #judoka #team #europeanjudo #eju #championsleague #judo #ippongear

GOLDEN YEAR. Matthias Casse just finished his incredible year with another gold medal at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.The 20...
27/11/2021

GOLDEN YEAR.

Matthias Casse just finished his incredible year with another gold medal at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.

The 2021 World Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist had an incredible year and will recharge for 2022 now.

We can’t wait to see you back next year, Matthias. PROUD OF YOU!

#teamippongear #judo #judoka #ippongear #judofamily #judoabudhabi #abudhabi #grandslam #ijfworldtour #ijf

NEW RANGE. NEW ERA.Our first 5 years of brand history were dedicated to our beloved sport of judo. Our base.But we are a...
26/11/2021

NEW RANGE. NEW ERA.

Our first 5 years of brand history were dedicated to our beloved sport of judo. Our base.

But we are amazed by the lifestyle and beauty of Jiu Jitsu. A Martial Art with a unique community.

Over the last two years, we developed a Jiu Jitsu range which embodies new ideas, technologies and shines through a simple but beautiful design.

All ideas were developed in close exchange with athletes and coaches around the world as it is our goal to contribute to the Jiu Jitsu community as we did in Judo.

We want to take Jiu Jitsu products to the next level and with our next posts, we will step by step introduce our new range to you.

If you want to try our high quality Jiu Jitsu uniforms, use our Black Belt Week deals and get 25% off this week only.

#chapter2 #jiujitsu #bjj #martialarts #grappling #ibjjf #mma #jiujitsulifestyle #lifestyle

NEW RANGE. NEW ERA.

Our first 5 years of brand history were dedicated to our beloved sport of judo. Our base.

But we are amazed by the lifestyle and beauty of Jiu Jitsu. A Martial Art with a unique community.

Over the last two years, we developed a Jiu Jitsu range which embodies new ideas, technologies and shines through a simple but beautiful design.

All ideas were developed in close exchange with athletes and coaches around the world as it is our goal to contribute to the Jiu Jitsu community as we did in Judo.

We want to take Jiu Jitsu products to the next level and with our next posts, we will step by step introduce our new range to you.

If you want to try our high quality Jiu Jitsu uniforms, use our Black Belt Week deals and get 25% off this week only.

#chapter2 #jiujitsu #bjj #martialarts #grappling #ibjjf #mma #jiujitsulifestyle #lifestyle

NOTHING CAN BREAK US. There might be some new restrictions but no pandemic can take away what’s deep in our hearts.We al...
25/11/2021

NOTHING CAN BREAK US.

There might be some new restrictions but no pandemic can take away what’s deep in our hearts.

We all live Martial Arts. It‘s unique. It goes beyond the gym or the dojo.

The lifestyle and values it carries, keep us together.

That’s what we seek to embody with our new collections.

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Check our new Essentials Lifestyle Collection and save 25% during the Black Belt Week. Link in Bio.

#ippongear #lifestyle #bjj #judo #martialarts #grappling #jiujitsu #windbreaker #runner

BLACK BELT WEEK.The week of discounts. The week of special offers. The week when you should get all your Christmas gifts...
24/11/2021

BLACK BELT WEEK.

The week of discounts. The week of special offers. The week when you should get all your Christmas gifts early.

Save up to 65% off selected items in our range. IT‘S ON. DON‘T MISS IT.

Check the link in our bio.

#blackbeltweek #blackweek #martialarts #judo #bjj #jiujitsu #judoka #judogi #ippongear

BLACK BELT WEEK.

The week of discounts. The week of special offers. The week when you should get all your Christmas gifts early.

Save up to 65% off selected items in our range. IT‘S ON. DON‘T MISS IT.

Check the link in our bio.

#blackbeltweek #blackweek #martialarts #judo #bjj #jiujitsu #judoka #judogi #ippongear

NEW BASE.You know now, we started a new chapter. The first 5 years of IPPONGEAR been great and exciting, but the best is...
20/11/2021

NEW BASE.

You know now, we started a new chapter. The first 5 years of IPPONGEAR been great and exciting, but the best is yet to come.

To develop the brand further and to add new sports and products, we had to leave our nostalgic first location, where everything began.

The new IPPONGEAR headquarter will enable us to keep the service level high, increase our stock and customisation capabilities and also to offer our staff a modern work environment.

READ THE FULL STORY ABOUT CHAPTER 2 THROUGH THE LINK IN OUR BIO.

#chapter2 #ippongear #headquarter #bjj #jiujitsu #martialarts #grappling #karate #judo #unitedbymartialarts

18/11/2021

CHAPTER 2 STARTS NOW.

Today we are closing the first 5 years of IPPONGEAR history. We will never forget the past but now, it’s time for a new era.

New Products, New Sports, New Headquarter, New Look. The new logo is symbolic for what is ahead.

Check the link in our Bio to find out more about Chapter 2…

…UNITED BY MARTIAL ARTS.

#ippongear #chapter2 #newera #judo #bjj #karate #apparel #lifestyle #martialarts #jiujitsu #unitedbymartialarts

5 YEARS FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS. In 2016, the IPPONGEAR journey began. Quickly, the dream of becoming an IJF brand grew, t...
17/11/2021

5 YEARS FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS.

In 2016, the IPPONGEAR journey began. Quickly, the dream of becoming an IJF brand grew, to be able to participate on the big stage of world judo. The main goal, an Olympic medal.

In January 2018, IPPONGEAR became an official IJF approved judo brand. April the same year, Rio Olympic Champion Lukas Krpalek won the European Heavyweight title in Tel Aviv. IPPONGEAR’s first major title.

August 2019, Lukas Krpalek became the first male athlete to win 2 World and European Gold medals in different categories.

Soon, young athletes joined the team. One of them, Belgian wonder kid Matthias Casse. Two years later, Matthias is the 2019 European Champion, 2020 Paris Grand Slam Champion, and 2021 World Champion.

The same year, Barbara Matic and Anna Maria Wagner won World Championships Gold in Budapest.

July 2021, the IPPONGEAR team had to proof itself at the first ever Olympic Games in brand history.

And it was again Lukas Krpalek who lead the team to great success winning historic Olympic Gold in Tokyo.

Followed by a silver medal for Michaela Polleres, and bronze medals through Matthias Casse, Shamil Borchashvili, Krisztian Toth, Sanne van Dijke, Anna Maria Wagner, and Sebastian Seidl (Teams).

We are proud of the last 5 years, mostly about the connections we made. We are thankful for each athlete, team and federation in IPPONGEAR.

The trust you are giving us, drives us to reach new goals. We are ready.

READY FOR CHAPTER 2.

#ippongear #judoka #judo #ippon #europeanjudo #chapter2 #teamippongear #judofamily

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE ONE AND ONLY.Lukas, we hope you’re enjoying your time off the tatami.  We are very happy to know t...
15/11/2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE ONE AND ONLY.

Lukas, we hope you’re enjoying your time off the tatami. We are very happy to know that Paris 2024 is already in your mind. ON TO THE NEXT ONE.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

#legend #lukaskrpalek #doubleolympicchampion #judo #judoka #halloffame #czechjudo #ippongear

THE CUP IS BACK HOME.After one year of COVID break, @tsvabensbergjudo is back on top of Judo Germany.The legendary team ...
14/11/2021

THE CUP IS BACK HOME.

After one year of COVID break, @tsvabensbergjudo is back on top of Judo Germany.

The legendary team clinched the 22nd National Title with an unstoppable performance at the final 4 in Leipzig today.

Both matches ended 9:5 for the Bavarians against strong teams from Hamburg and Esslingen.

Congrats also to IPPONGEAR Team #2, @ujkcpotsdam who finished third, getting closer and closer towards their first appearance in a national final.

CONGRATS, ABENSBERG AND POTSDAM.
#teamippongear #germanchampion #final4 #judo #judogermany #europeanjudo #tsvabensberg #ujkcpotsdam #fuerpotsdam #judobundesliga

THE AUSTRIAN STORM.Let’s review together the incredible performance of Judo Austria during the Tokyo Olympics. Michaela ...
31/10/2021

THE AUSTRIAN STORM.

Let’s review together the incredible performance of Judo Austria during the Tokyo Olympics.

Michaela Polleres is fighting on top level for many year, she has won several big medals along her road on the IJF World Tour. The potential was always there and the stunning performance on her Olympic day granted her a Silver medal.

Shamil Borchashvili is probably one of the athletes on tour with the biggest development over the past 12 months. With a heart made to fight, he also developed technical as well as tactical skills that made him win a well deserved bronze medal in Tokyo that day.

AUSTRIA IS READY AND HUNGRY FOR MORE.

MAKE SURE TO USE THE LAST DAY OF OUR WORLD JUDO DAY WEEKEND. SAVE ADDITIONAL 25% OFF ALL SALE ITEMS.

LINK IN BIO.

#worldjudoday #sale #judoaustria #ippongear #ippon #teamippongear #judo #judogi #tokyo2020

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. During our „World Judo Day“ Weekend, we also want to reminisce in glorious and beautiful moments...
30/10/2021

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

During our „World Judo Day“ Weekend, we also want to reminisce in glorious and beautiful moments of this year.

Very high up, Croatian Barbara Matic‘s World Championship Gold medal in Budapest.

A special medal as we know how hard Barbara was working for it. A well deserved title to a lovely personality as well.

Further, the first ever World Championships Gold medal for Croatia, too. A country that put so much efforts into the development of Judo over many years. This was the success of a team of great people involved.

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Don’t forget, during this weekend we support you with extra 25% OFF all SALE items. Don’t miss that chance.

LINK IN BIO.

#judo #worldjudoday #ippongear #judoka #teamippongear #crojudo #croatia #barbaramatic #ippon

29/10/2021

GETTING READY FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER.

The end of something good is always the beginning of something new.

We are preparing for the next chapter of IPPONGEAR and that’s why we say goodbye to our beloved IPPONGEAR Basic Line.

Get the last pieces of our 100% organic cotton line and enjoy great discounts.

ESPECIALLY THIS WEEKEND, ADDITIONAL 25% OFF ALL SALE ITEMS.

JUDO VALUES. We continue our World Judo Day weekend with a reminder to the Judo Values.Courage, Respect, Modesty, Friend...
29/10/2021

JUDO VALUES.

We continue our World Judo Day weekend with a reminder to the Judo Values.

Courage, Respect, Modesty, Friendship, Honour, Honesty, Self-control and Courtesy.

All values Lukas Krpalek embodies 100%. These Judo values have a big part in Lukas Krpalek‘s success story that made him a double Olympic, double World and double European champion. Still unbelievable but so deserved.

He is one of the most modest, respectful, friendly, honest and polite athletes on tour. The respect he shows to his opponents is returned in the same way. It needs courage to achieve the results he achieved in two weight categories.

We said it many times but we are so proud of Lukas to be the leader of our IPPONGEAR TEAM. He’s a role model for all the athletes that follow after him.

TO SHOW YOU OUR RESPECT, WE ARE STILL RUNNING OUR DISCOUNT SPECIAL THIS WEEKEND WITH ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS ON ALL SALE ITEMS. YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THAT.

LINK IN BIO.

#judo #judovalues #ippongear #lukaskrpalek #halloween #judoka #teamippongear #ippon

HAPPY WORLD JUDO DAY. We wish a great day on the tatamis around the world to all Judoka.Judo is our base. Judo built fri...
28/10/2021

HAPPY WORLD JUDO DAY.

We wish a great day on the tatamis around the world to all Judoka.

Judo is our base. Judo built friendships. Judo is our moral code. Judo is simply more than sport.

We want to thank all judoka for their trust in IPPONGEAR. It’s time to give back.

THIS WEEKEND ONLY, save 25% OFF ALL JUDOGI AND EXTRA DISCOUNTS ON ALL SALE ITEMS.

CHECK THE LINK IN BIO.

#worldjudoday #ippongear #judo #judogi #ippon #judoka #teamippongear #values #judodamily

EVERY LIFE DESERVES A CHANCE.IJF ambassador Sabrina Filzmoser shared a new project with us and we are proud to contribut...
21/10/2021

EVERY LIFE DESERVES A CHANCE.

IJF ambassador Sabrina Filzmoser shared a new project with us and we are proud to contribute in a small way as well.

The orphanage PAM in Kathmandu offers housing to kids who’s parents are in prison.

Those kids are left behind without relatives taking care and we are happy orphanages like PAM exist to give them shelter.

Sabrina Filzmoser introduces to them the passion and values of Judo and helps them to forget about their problems at least for a short period of time.

During the COVID pandemic our IPPONGEAR masks gave them the necessary safety during training sessions and everyday life.

EVERY LIFE HAS THE SAME VALUE.

#kathmandu #judokids #ippongear #masks #judoka #ippon #ijf #eju #europeanjudo

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Evropski, svjetski i olimpijski prvak Lukas Krpalek, osvojio je sve što se može osvojiti u kategoriji ispod 100 kg i njegov cilj je sada super teška kategorija. Nakon što se oporavio od povrede stopala, pogodite koji kimono će "Češki predator" koristiti u 2018 godini?
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Hallo liebe Kameraden, Sie leisten sehr gute Arbeit, Sie machen Judo bekannt. Ich bin froh darauf und drücke Daumen. Einzige was ich schade finde, dass obwohl Sie in Ihrem Videos viele Georgier zeigen und unterstützen, (z.B. Zantaraia, Iliadis, liparteliani, chrikishvili usw.) haben SIe keine Distribution in Georgien. Es ist äußerst schwer hier adidas Judoanzug zu kriegen. ich hoffe, dass das geändert wird. Danke.
Sehr sehr, gutes Geschäft und mega Angebote von der Qualität her Adidas ist Adidas. Weiter so!!!! Kaufe immer wieder gerne hier ein meine Bjj Ausrüstung.
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Professor Jigoro Kano 1) JUDO & EDUCATION by Brian N. Watson Over a century ago, Japanese jujutsu men from various ryu or schools, often competed against one another and sometimes fought boxers and wrestlers in thuggish prize fights, similar to today’s MMA. Participants suffered injuries in these barbaric bouts and occasionally, according to early Kodokan instructor *Sakujiro Yokoyama, even death. Jigoro Kano, after becoming an expert in jujutsu himself, soon lost interest in furthering such brutality and seemed to believe that if a student gained expertise solely in martial arts, it was neither sufficient nor conducive to the development of appropriate character. He therefore wrote extensively and made great efforts to CIVILIZE martial arts by creating non-violent forms that if taught as he envisaged, could have positive influences, by having a balanced effect on one’s character. He achieved his objectives to some extent, and as a result jujutsu, with its unsavory reputation, largely lost its former appeal. In Japan’s schools, police dojos, and naval dojos, Kodokan judo, a safer martial art, along with kendo came to be widely accepted by the authorities from the early 1900s as a suitable means of physical training for both adults and especially schoolchildren. Mainly through Professor Kano’s persistence, Japan’s varied martial arts, chiefly jujutsu and kenjutsu, were transformed into non-violent activities and as a consequence, the name endings were changed from jutsu ‘technique’, or ‘perhaps violent technique’ to dō ‘way’. Kano, ever the academic, regularly lectured in the Kodokan and encouraged his senior students to lecture in his absence on the ‘way or path’ he believed students should follow in life. His altruistic aim seems to have been to persuade judo students to concentrate not only on the cultivation of a healthy physique but also on the attainment of a virtuous mindset, or in other words, focus themselves on becoming judoman-scholars. Although judo has in modern times become a regular Olympic sport, judging from the letter that Kano wrote to Gunji Koizumi in 1936, Kano had an ambivalent attitude with regard to this outcome. Moreover, he discouraged judo training merely for sporting prowess, medals and fame. He was much more obsessed on seeing his students pursue judo training as a means of personal cultural attainment, which he hoped would help further the expansion of a responsible citizenry. In keeping with Kano’s emphasis on such objectives, over the past decades many Japanese judomen have had distinguished careers both in business and in academia. As an example, two Kodokan black belt holders in particular who undoubtedly exemplified Kano’s teachings in full measure became Nobel laureates. Ryoji Noyori, a 1st dan, past president (2003-2015) of RIKEN Physical and Chemical Research Institute, achieved the 2001 Chemistry Nobel Prize, and Shinya Yamanaka, of 2nd dan grade, gained the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine. This specific honor was in recognition for his discovery of how to transform ordinary adult skin cells into stem cells that, like embryonic stem cells, are capable of developing into any cell in the human body. Yamanaka’s achievement therefore has fundamentally altered the fields of developmental biology and stem cell research. Furthermore, a quote from Kano made in *The Ideal Judo Instructor, reads as follows: They (judo instructors) should have detailed knowledge of physical education, teaching methods and have a thorough grasp of the significance of moral education. Finally, they must understand how the principles of judo can be, by extension, utilized to help one in daily life and how they themselves can be of benefit to society at large. * Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano Page 69, The Ideal Judo Instructor Brian N. Watson Tokyo, Japan January 24, 2017 References: The Father of Judo, Kodansha International, 2000, 2012 IL Padre Del Judo, (Italian) Edizioni Mediterranee, 2005 Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Trafford Publishing, 2008, 2014 Memorias de Jigoro Kano, (Portuguese) Editora Cultrix, 2011 Kodokan Dictionary of Judo, Foundation of Kodokan Judo Institute, 2000 The Fighting Spirit of Japan, E.J. Harrison, The Overlook Press, 2000 * (Chapter V1, page 65) (This report may be sent to others who may have an interest in judo. My only request is that no alteration be made to the text. Brian N. Watson)
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Kano considered judo training to be an aid to the student’s educational aspirations. His ultimate ambition was to produce students of fine character, so that they would in future become useful, educated citizens and thus be of benefit to society.  THE ETHOS OF JUDO ‘The purpose of judo is to perfect oneself physically, intellectually and morally for the benefit of society.’ Professor Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) (The Father of Judo, Kodansha International, 2000, 2012) (IL Padre Del Judo, Edizioni Mediterranee, 2005) (Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Trafford Publishing, 2008, 2014) (Memorias de Jigoro Kano, Editora Cultrix, 2011) JIGORO KANO’S 1936 VISIT TO SEATTLE DOJO by Brian N. Watson Before the great expansion in air travel that started in the 1950s, most passengers journeyed overseas on ocean liners. One of the ships that often sailed the Japan - U.S.A. routes was NYK Line’s workhorse the Hikawa Maru. This cargo-passenger liner reportedly made the two-week trip between Yokohama and the then gateway to the US, Seattle, 254 times between 1930 and 1961 when she was finally decommissioned and became a floating restaurant. Later she was refurbished (2006-2008) to include a small cinema in order to display footage in Japanese with English subtitles of her former maritime events. Officially designated as an Important Cultural Property in 2016, the Hikawa Maru is permanently moored at the port of Yokohama. Professor Jigoro Kano, who made some 13 extended overseas trips in his lifetime, on occasions voyaged on the Hikawa Maru, as did many other celebrities of the day, including Babe Ruth, Charles Chaplin and Albert Einstein. The Seattle Judo Club, established in 1902, was reportedly the very first judo dojo to open on US soil. Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) seated in the centre of this photograph, called at this dojo twice, once in 1936 and again in 1938. After attending the International Olympic Committee meeting held in Cairo, Egypt, in March 1938, where he finally secured the scheduled 1940 Summer Olympic Games for Tokyo, (later cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II) he visited several European cities, then New York, Seattle and finally Canada. On April 23, 1938 Kano headed home and left Vancouver Harbor on the Hikawa Maru, which was scheduled to arrive at Yokohama on May 6. However, he did not live to see his homeland again. En route, at the age of 77; he succumbed to pneumonia and died on this vessel on May 4, 1938. Brian N. Watson Tokyo 28 December 2016 References: (The Father of Judo, Kodansha International, 2000, 2012) (Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano, Trafford Publishing, 2008, 2014) Seattle Judo Club photograph courtesy of Ken Morinaka
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