Random Notes on Judo - Takahiko Ishikawa



1960 World Championships - Report by Donn Draeger


Report by Don Draeger
Tokyo, 1 May 1960.
1960 All - Japan Judo Championships Report

Early Report on BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)


Here's an interesting bit of information on early BJJ, long before it was known in the U.S. - it seems apparent that the Gracie family has - for quite some time - not been fans of Judo... which seems strange considering their martial art roots.

Odds & Ends - Musings of a Long Time Judoka

These are just random tidbits of information or thought that don't really merit an entire article, but may be of interest. This is not aimed at beginning students, rather for instructors… but anyone may pick up whatever they can.

"Where the head goes, the body will follow" - A constant refrain of mine. This is one of the major reasons that I like a high collar grip… if I can move uke's head, his body is going to follow.

Suntzu - Art of War - Chapter XIII - The Use Of Spies

Sun Tzu said: Raising a host of a hundred thousand men and engaging them in war entails heavy loss on the people and a drain on the resources. The daily expenditure will amount to a thousand ounces of silver. There will be commotion at home and abroad, and men will drop out exhausted.

Opposing forces may face each other for years, striving for the victory which may be decided in a single day. This being so, to remain in ignorance of the enemy's condition simply because one grudges the outlay of a hundred ounces of silver is the height of stupidity.

Suntzu - Art of War - Chapter XII - The Attack By Fire

Sun Tzu said: There are five ways of attacking with fire. The first is to burn soldiers in their camp; the second is to burn stores; the third is to burn baggage trains; the fourth is to burn arsenals and magazines; the fifth is to hurl dropping fire amongst the opponent.

Suntzu - Art of War - Chapter XI - The Nine Situations

Sun Tzu said: The art of war recognizes nine varieties of ground:

Suntzu - Art of War - Chapter X - Terrain

[Only about a third of the chapter, comprising ss. ss. 1-13, deals with "terrain," the subject being more fully treated in ch. XI. The "six calamities" are discussed in SS. 14-20, and the rest of the chapter is again a mere string of desultory remarks, though not less interesting, perhaps, on that account.]


Suntzu - Art of War - Chapter IX - The Army On The March

[The contents of this interesting chapter are better indicated in ss. 1 than by this heading.]


Suntzu - Art of War - Chapter VIII - Variation In Tactics

[The heading means literally "The Nine Variations," but as Sun Tzu does not appear to enumerate these, and as, indeed, he has already told us (V SS. 6-11) that such deflections from the ordinary course are practically innumerable, we have little option but to follow Wang Hsi, who says that "Nine" stands for an indefinitely large number. "All it means is that in warfare we ought to very our tactics to the utmost degree....

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