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Budo Neuroscience for “Gentle Way” as An Intangible Legacy of Tokyo 2020

A Dream by The Father of Judo, Jigoro Kano


  • Takashi Matsui University of Tsukuba



Olympics, Martial arts, Judo, Brain


As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games came to a close, we must reflect on the event's legacy for future generations. The neuroscience of exercise and sport is rapidly expanding, and it is crucial to recognize the value of traditional oriental physical exercises, such as Judo and Karate, as Olympic sports derived from Budo. These sports have the potential to promote human development and well-being, and it is essential to acknowledge their contributions. By further exploring the relationship between the body and mind of self and others, we can form an integral part of sporting culture, adding vitality and fostering bonds. The integration of Budo culture and exercise neuroscience, i.e., Budo neuroscience, can lead to continued progress in physical education, sports, and human development, resulting in a more connected and harmonious society.


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