Digital Desk, New Delhi. Google on Thursday celebrated the 161st birthday of the Japanese founder of judo, Kano Jigoro, with a doodle on the father of judo and the sport.
The doodle with several slides shows how Jigoro was born on October 28, 1860. He studied various martial arts techniques and founded Judo.
The animated doodle depicts Jigoro developing various throws and techniques of judo and setting up schools to teach it to other disciples.
Jigoro, a Japanese teacher and athlete, died in 1938 at the age of 77. He established the modern form of judo, modifying the traditional form to create a new sport. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain wide international recognition and also the first to become an official Olympic sport.
It was Jigoro who invented the use of the black and white belt and introduced the dan ranking to show the relative ranking among members of the martial arts style. The famous motto for Kano includes maximum efficiency with minimum effort and mutual welfare and benefit.
In addition to being a teacher, Jigoro was also a sports administrator and the first Asian to be part of the International Olympic Committee that organized the Olympic Games.