Sensei Nicklaus Suino Shares the History of the Extraordinary Professor Kano

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Kano Jigoro Sensei was the founder of Kodokan judo. While he's mainly known for his contributions to the world of martial arts and physical education, his abilities and his influence extended far beyond sports and the dojo. He was not just a visionary in the martial arts world, he was also instrumental in the careers of many other famous martial artists, as well as a significant figure in the political landscape of Japan during a crucial period of its history.


In addition to his political involvement in education and diplomacy, Kano Sensei's establishment of the Kodokan Institute in 1882 is another demonstration of his political acumen. This institution not only served as the headquarters for the development and dissemination of judo but also as a place for fostering a sense of Japanese identity and unity. Kano Sensei emphasized moral and ethical values, which he believed were integral to the martial arts.

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Kano Sensei, was a visionary and martial arts pioneer who left behind a legacy that transcends generations, a legacy etched in the annals of time with the indomitable spirit of his art. With a heart ablaze with determination, he forged judo, a martial discipline that fused physical prowess with the unyielding principles of respect and harmony. Through the crucible of relentless discipline, he refined his creation, shaping it into a crucible of transformation, molding not just bodies, but souls.

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