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Éditions Grasset, Paris, France, 1954ISBN : 978-2916275116
The Foundations of Judo are a rare book, in more ways than one: firstly because it was originally published in 1954 by Grasset, it was long exhausted and inaccessible to the public to this day; second, because it reveals, through the dazzling personality of Yves Klein (1928-1962), an unprecedented association: creation and Judo - the "path of flexibility" - whose qualification of martial art suddenly takes another meaning. Returning from a stay in Japan in 1954, with a 4th dan black belt, Yves Klein, best known as the father of the blue of the same name (International Klein Blue) and the visionary herald of the immaterial, undertakes to publish , with the help of Master Igor Correa, a treatise on the 6 Katas of Judo, the "foundations". One of the major artists of the 20th century was, therefore, also a great judoka.