As many of you know, Kano Sensei, created this art and worked his adult life to have it understood as not only a martial art but as a way or path to better oneself and society as a whole.
The book, which will be reviewed in more depth later, also discusses Kano’s direct students. Steven’s writes, “Kano’s students were a colorful, sometimes notorious bunch…”
The book contains examples of Kano Sensei’s calligraphy as well, including his most famous one, “Nai kuso” that can be translated as, “Shit happens. Deal with it!”
Besides this gem, the book contains a detailed section on the author’s primary and secondary resources. This section probably has listed all the information available about Kano Sensei’s life, his teaching, sayings and insights and writings by his students that are available in print and on the web.
The book should be available now from your local Independent Bookseller. If not, please ask for it.
I picked up the book last night and had difficulty putting it down. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happens to you.
“The Way of Judo - A Portrait of Jigoro Kano & His Students” by John Stevens – Published by Shambhala, Boston & London, 2013 – ISBN 978-1-59030-916-2 - $15.95 US - $17.95 CAN