Kanō Jigorō

1860 - 1938

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Kanō Jigorō (嘉納 治五郎, 10 December 1860 – 4 May 1938) was a Japanese educator, athlete, and the founder of judo. Along with ju-jutsu, judo was one of the first Japanese martial arts to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking among members of a martial art style. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kanō Jigorō has received more than 1,387,279 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Kanō Jigorō is the 2nd most popular martial arts (down from 1st in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Japan (down from 9th in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Martial Arts.

Kanō Jigorō is most famous for being the founder of judo, which he created in 1882.

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Over the past year Kanō Jigorō has had the most page views in the with 140,452 views, followed by Japanese (134,778), and French (45,041). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Luxembourgish (191.44%), Bosnian (77.81%), and Persian (67.55%)


Among martial arts, Kanō Jigorō ranks 2 out of 179Before him are Ip Man. After him are Gichin Funakoshi, Morihei Ueshiba, Mas Oyama, Huo Yuanjia, Wong Fei-hung, Randy Couture, Linda Lee Cadwell, Choi Hong Hi, Ankō Itosu, and Kenwa Mabuni.

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Among people born in 1860, Kanō Jigorō ranks 8Before him are Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Klara Hitler, Jane Addams, Alphonse Mucha, and Eduard Buchner. After him are Raymond Poincaré, Anders Zorn, Willem Einthoven, William Jennings Bryan, Isaac Albéniz, and Herman Hollerith. Among people deceased in 1938, Kanō Jigorō ranks 8Before him are Edmund Husserl, Karel Čapek, Georges Méliès, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Konstantin Stanislavski, and Nikolai Bukharin. After him are Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Béla Kun, Faustina Kowalska, Karl Kautsky, and Alexei Rykov.

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Among people born in Japan, Kanō Jigorō ranks 26 out of 6,245Before him are Murasaki Shikibu (973), Emperor Jimmu (-711), Shinzō Abe (1954), Koji Tanaka (1955), Osamu Tezuka (1928), and Hideki Tojo (1884). After him are Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Hattori Hanzō (1542), Sadako Sasaki (1943), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Saigō Takamori (1828), and Yayoi Kusama (1929).


Among martial arts born in Japan, Kanō Jigorō ranks 1After him are Gichin Funakoshi (1868), Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Ankō Itosu (1831), Kenwa Mabuni (1889), Chōjun Miyagi (1888), Masatoshi Nakayama (1913), Higaonna Kanryō (1853), Hironori Ōtsuka (1892), Motobu Chōki (1870), Koichi Tohei (1920), and Matsumura Sōkon (1809).