Dr. Kano Jigoro  (October 28, 1860 – May 4, 1938) was the founder of Judo. Judo was the first martial art to be recognized internationally and was the first martial art to become an Olympic sport.

Kano introduced the ‘Dan System’, incorporating belts and ‘dan ranking’ to track the progress and ranking of members of martial art styles.

Dr. Kano Jigoro was primarily an educator, working as a Director of Education for primary education. Dr. Kano Jigoro’s other accomplishments include establishing Judo and Kendo as part of the Japanese Public School Curriculum. He was also the first Japanese representative to be part of the International Olympic Committee.

Dr. Kano Jigoro’s most well-known motto is “Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort”. His ideals are what our very own student creed tries to instill in our members. There are three components to Dr. Kano Jigoro’s way of learning: “rentai-ho, shobu-ho, and shushin-ho. Rentai-ho refers to Judo as a physical exercise, while shobu-ho is Judo as a martial art. Shushin-ho is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue as well as the study and application of the principles of Judo in our daily lives.”