My Diorama Project

by Daniel Bugarin, Brown Belt

A few years ago my reading class was assigned a project to create a diorama on any book that I had recently read. The book that I chose was Kodokan Judo by Dr. Jigoro Kano. My diorama shows two judokas in a dojo exchanging grips. In the background are the two principles of Judo; Seiryoku Zenyo, pictured on the left means maximum efficiency with minimum effort. To the right is Jita Kyoei, which means mutual welfare and benefit. On the left wall is a picture of Dr. Jigoro Kano who is the founder of Judo. The right wall is a picture of the original Kodokan, which is located in Japan.

By completing this project, it has help me understand the origins of Judo. Reading the book increased my knowledge of different techniques that will be useful as I continue my journey to becoming a black belt some day. But most importantly, it became clear to me that my conduct off the mat is the most important aspect of judo. My many thanks to my Sensei who continues to help me in my studies. In 2007, I got to visit Japan with my dad and see the Kodokan. Here is my picture by the statue of Jigoro Kano.

Daniel currently is a student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo

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