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Tsukuba Summer Report
Kent State University and University of Tsukuba reached official academic exchange agreement in March 2013. In this summer, Drs. Steve Mitchell, Takahiro Sato, and two students Katheryn Damicone and Collin Epstein in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program at Tsukuba Summer Institute (TSI) from July 12th – 19th in 2013. The TSI is composed of two parts. First part is that lead lectures, presentations, and discussions were conducted on “Sustainable Renewal and Professional Development in the Fields of Physical Education, Exercise Science, the Olympics, and Sport Coaching” and second part is that collaborative projects on sustainable renewal in physical education were planned by exploring barriers, facilitators, and country-specific contexts and conditions. Programs for undergraduate students include opportunities to experience traditional Japanese sports, laboratory tours, and mental training workshops.
There were students and professors from 14 different countries (e.g., USA, Japan, UK, Canada, Taiwan, China, Singapore, India, Turkey, Hungary, South Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, and Australia) attended the institute. From the USA, six professors (Drs. Steve Mitchell and Takahiro Sato – Kent State University, Jacqueline Goodway and Susan Sutherland – The Ohio State University, Yuhei Inoue – University of Memphis, and Stephan Keslacy – Syracuse University) were either keynote speakers of lecture series or facilitators of undergraduate and graduate student projects.
Dr. Steve Mitchell presented lecture series of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) (Mitchell, Oslin, & Griffin, 2013). He also conducted a workshop for graduate students and faculty in PETE program at University of Tsukuba. Dr. Takahiro Sato conducted a workshop of strategies of including students with disabilities in physical education for graduate students and faculty in adapted physical education. He also facilitated group projects of graduate sessions. He was a language translator (English – Japanese) of Dr. Steve Mitchell’s workshop of TGFU.
Katheryn and Collin had valuable cross cultural emergent experiences at TSI. They had positive friendships with students from various countries. They also explored to learn Japanese traditional sports, rituals, and spirits through this program. They highly recommended to future KSU students to take this opportunity for exploring new culture of physical education, exercise science, and sports. They received scholarship of 80,000 yen ($800) from University of Tsukuba for this trip.
Dr. Kano developed traditional jujitsu into judo and founded judo in 1882 for students to acquire a scientific approach, a sense of justice, fairness, and humility, and the ability to make full use of the knowledge acquired during the judo training. He advocated the philosophy "Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort, Mutual Welfare and Benefit." He toured all over the world to disseminate judo and its philosophy. Now judo has spread to over 200 countries as a sport to train one's body and mind. Dr. Kano is well known as a founder of judo throughout the world.
Dr. Jigoro Kano was born in December, 1860. After graduating from Tokyo Imperial University, Dr. Kano founded Judo. He served for 23 years as principal of the Higher Normal School and the Tokyo Higher Normal School, which were forerunners of the University of Tsukuba. During those years, he devoted himself to educational reform, the promotion of physical education and sports, and the development of the Olympic Movement. The year 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of Dr. Jigoro Kano's birth. Dr. Kano's philosophy and achievements as an educator will give us guidelines for university education and the role of Japanese in the world.