Kyuzo Mifune – The Essence of Judo

Filmed in 1948 when Sensei Kyuzo Mifune was 73 years old
Kyuzo Mifune-san was born on April 21, 1883, in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture, on Honshū Island in Japan, a year after the Kodokan was founded. On May 25, 1945, he was promoted to judan (10th dan), the fourth of 18 judoka to ever be so honored.

In 1956, he wrote his classic book, The Canon Of Judo, still a remarkable exposition of judo history, philosophy, and technical description. To E. J. Harrison, he wrote a book foreword that was simple but expressed Mifune’s philosophical nature: “Freedom in continuous change!”