His grandfather ran his own record label sake. However, the father of Jigoro - Kano Jirosaku Kireshiba - due to the fact that he was the eldest son, did not take over the family business. Instead, he became a priest and also an official of Shinto, which had sufficient influence to put his son at the University of Tokyo in 1877. He was a very good student. In 1882 he became Professor of political science and economics, and then began working as a lecturer at the elite Gakushuin school in Tokyo.
Kano, as a youth, he was not strong or large (at age 20 he weighed no more than 45 kg), which are often teasing him. At the insistence of a family friend, Nakai Bansei'a (a member of the Guard Shogun), began training ju-jitsu. However, encountered difficulties in finding an appropriate teacher. Finding a suitable school for you - Tenjin Shin'yō-ryū - Jigoro started systematic training, and in the age of 21 he won the title of "Shihan" (master) and became an assistant instructor, who, however, soon fell ill and died. Kano was a different school - Kito-ryu, in which more emphasis on fighting than on formal systems of the executioner.
In the meantime, Kano began to develop my own techniques and improve those already known to him. Developed techniques such as Kata-guruma or uki-goshi. At age 22 he began leading his own school of fighting in the Buddhist temple in Kamakurze. Two years later, the school will be moved, called the Kodokan and become the first and the largest school of judo in the world. At first, this style was known as Kano Jiu-Jitsu or Kano Jiu-Do. Among the first students master the most well known are: Yoshitsugu (Yoshiaki) Yamashita - the future coach of President Theodore Roosevelt, Tsunejirō Tomita - author of judo "Sugata Sanshiro" and Sakujirō Yokoyama - known in his day as "The Devil Yokohama.
Until 1952, judo trenowało more than 6 million people in over 30 countries worldwide.
In 1964, judo became an Olympic sport for men and women under pressure from the U.S., since 1988, also for them. The sport has become one of the most popular combat sports in the world.