Kanō Jigorō

1860 - 1938

Kanō Jigorō

Kanō Jigorō (嘉納 治五郎, 10 December 1860 – 4 May 1938) was a Japanese educator and athlete, the founder of Judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art 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 549,278 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 4th most popular martial arts.

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Among martial arts, Kanō Jigorō ranks 4 out of 74Before him are Ip Man, Gichin Funakoshi, and Morihei Ueshiba. After him are Mas Oyama, Wong Fei-hung, Huo Yuanjia, Trưng Sisters, Kenwa Mabuni, Choi Hong Hi, Chōjun Miyagi, and Ankō Itosu.

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Among people born in 1860, Kanō Jigorō ranks 15Before him are Eduard Buchner, Niels Ryberg Finsen, William Jennings Bryan, James Ensor, Herman Hollerith, and J. M. Barrie. After him are Anders Zorn, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Hugo Wolf, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, and Princess Charlotte of Prussia. Among people deceased in 1938, Kanō Jigorō ranks 15Before him are Nikolai Bukharin, Karl Kautsky, Faustina Kowalska, Robert Johnson, Carl von Ossietzky, and Alexei Rykov. After him are Genrikh Yagoda, Muhammad Iqbal, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Suzanne Lenglen, Thomas Wolfe, and Osip Mandelstam.

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Among people born in Japan, Kanō Jigorō ranks 54 out of 3,113Before him are Itō Hirobumi (1841), Hiroo Onoda (1922), Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147), Uesugi Kenshin (1530), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), and Natsume Sōseki (1867). After him are Emperor Suizei (-669), Liv Ullmann (1938), Yasujirō Ozu (1903), Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Koxinga (1624), and Hideki Yukawa (1907).


Among martial arts born in Japan, Kanō Jigorō ranks 3Before him are Gichin Funakoshi (1868) and Morihei Ueshiba (1883). After him are Kenwa Mabuni (1889), Chōjun Miyagi (1888), Ankō Itosu (1831), Masatoshi Nakayama (1913), Higaonna Kanryō (1853), and Koichi Tohei (1920).

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