Mind over Muscle by Jigoro Kano

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Mind over muscle

Mind over muscle: What the Blurb says

Mind over muscle is a book about Judo. In 1882 Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) founded Kodokan Judo at Eishoji Temple in Tokyo. It was the culmination of a lifelong devotion to the jujutsu of the past, which he reorganized while taking great care to retain its classical traditions. Historically, martial arts were practiced only by the elite in Japan. Kano, a renowned educator as well as a sportsman, is credited with popularizing the martial arts, and in particular, judo, among people in all levels of society.

Mind over muscle: What Enso Martial Arts Shop says

On the shelf it looks like a small unimposing book that could easily get lost in the pile. Then you notice it’s been written by Jigoro Kano, the founding father of Judo and the interest builds a bit. Flicking through the pages you quickly see it isn’t another book filled with techniques but more of a book the history of Judo and the philosophy behind it.

What this means is, that rather than just being a book for the die-hard Judoka, it is of interest to anyone studying martial arts.

First you get an insight into the founding of Judo and reasons behind the forming of the style, something I’m sure all founders try to emulate. Secondly, it covers philosophy and the mindset of a martial artist and competitor and thirdly the application of martial arts into you daily life.

It’s well written and the information contained is accessible for all, a must have for all martial artists and certainly for all Judoka.