MERION DOJO CLASSES - TAKAHIKO ISHIKAWA SENSEI
Report by Don Draeger
Tokyo, 1 May 1960.
1960 All - Japan Judo Championships Report
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sun Tzu said: The art of war recognizes nine varieties of ground:
[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.]
[The contents of this interesting chapter are better indicated in ss. 1 than by this heading.]
[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....