Google chose to honor Jigōro Kanō this Thursday.

The inventor of judo is celebrated in the doodle of the day on the occasion of the 161st anniversary of his birth, reports

Ouest France


A series of visuals were created and appear on the Google home page to pay tribute to the creator of this sport practiced today by more than 15 million people around the world, including 500,000 in France.

Illustrator Cynthia Cheng's drawings retrace part of the life of Jigōro Kanō, born October 28, 1860.

Today's slideshow #GoogleDoodle celebrates Japanese athlete & professor Kanō Jigorō, the founder of the Judo martial art 🇯🇵

Judo translates to “the gentle way,” reflecting its core principles of justice, courtesy, & safety 🥋

🎨 by @cynthiaycheng → https: / /

- Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) October 28, 2021

"Minimum effort, maximum efficiency"

Passionate about sports, the Japanese first tried athletics, tennis and baseball before developing a passion for jiu-jitsu.

Faced with the potential danger of certain techniques in this discipline, he decided to create another in 1882: judo.

Jigōro Kanō was keen to develop a sport that would educate both the body and the mind.

His philosophy of judo could be summed up by this maxim: “minimum effort, maximum efficiency”.

Judo subsequently became the first Japanese martial art to integrate the Olympic Games, in 1964 in Tokyo.

Died in 1938, Jigōro Kanō did not attend this beautiful entrance for which he had campaigned.

Even today, the man is admired by judokas, and a portrait of him can be found in all dojos around the world.


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