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Canon of Judo by Kyuzo Mifune

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From the Publisher

Judo’s origins date back to ancient times, and through the course of its long history it has evolved into one of Japan’s most renowned heritages, assimilating many aspects of Japanese culture. In recent years, Judo has acquired heightened popularity, both in Japan and around the world, as a martial art and a path to spiritual enlightenment.

Kyuzo Mifune (1883-1965) began Judo as a junior middle-school student, and in 1920 was awarded the rank of 10th dan. Known as the “God of Judo,” he was so famous that, in referring to him, the words “10th dan” alone sufficed. Legend has it that in his sixty years of practice he never lost a match and was never thrown.

This book is the completely revised edition of CANON OF JUDO, originally published in 1960. It is said the book played a big role in founding the International Judo Association, and in helping Judo to become an Olympic sport in 1964.

Shortly before his death Mifune revised his work, and this new edition includes these revisions, as well as correcting flaws in the translation of the original. It also contains a completely new layout.

With around 1,000 photos of the author and his students, and detailed, through explanations of the techniques, THE CANON OF JUDO is the only book of its kind to provide such a comprehensive guide to the various techniques and the spirit of Judo. It will be an indispensable resource for all Judo practitioners.

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