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Kimura: The Triumphs and Tragedy of One of Judo's Greatest and Most Controversial Judo Champions Paperback – January 27, 2015
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I had the supreme good fortune of beginning my judo under Ishikawa, Sensei, the only man who fought Kimura to a draw in the 1949 All-Japan Judo Championships. While Kimura had spoken dismissively about this match, Ishikawa was fighting with a severe injury from an earlier fight and now he was on the tatami with the greatest Judo fighter in modern Judo.. Nothing gives you an understanding of the talent and perseverance of this high level of fighter than to randori (however lightly) with one!
The telling evoked understanding about Kimura's "straying" from the Kodokan to support his family and more power to him.
it is stated that Kimura's recognition in higher Kodokan ranking was due to enemies or jealousy. Who knows? Did it bother Kimura not to be promoted to 9th Degree? Any serious Judoka today knows of Kimura. Any Brazilian Jujitsu player knows of him, in fact, the "Kimura" is a Kodokan taught technique renamed in his honor by the Brazilians and deservedly so.
A short book that is a great addition for any Brazilian Jujitsu student or a Judoka's library.
E. C. Dearing
Author: Shime Waza & Te Waza Novels