Jujutsu And Judo

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Author: Percy Longhurst
Pub: 1946 by Frederick Warne & Co. LTD.
Pages: 64
Ranking:One Star
Out of Print


This book used drawings that came directly from photos used in Uyenishi's book, doing so with no attribution. (Compare this book's drawings with Uyenishi's photos here.) I'm optimistically sure that Mr. Longhurst had permission, especially since he wrote the last chapter of Uyenishi's book. But it seems ungracious, at least, not to have attribution for his drawings. As well, there's nothing in this book that is of interest.

Not recommended.

CHAPTER                               PAGE
    II. HOW TO LEARN THE ART             8
   III. THE THROWS                      13
    IV. SOME OTHER THROWS               28
     V. SELF DEFENCE METHODS            36
        RELEASES AND COUNTERS           46


A Mr. Barton-Wright, an English engineer who had lived many years in Japan, was responsible for the introduction of this wonderful Japanese system of Self Defence into this country. He brought with him two native professors of the art who toured the country giving public demonstrations; and every-one, of either sex, who admits the advantages of a knowledge of physical self-protection, is under an obligation to Mr. Barton-Wright for the introduction of a novel and most interesting combination of sport and exercise.

It is no more than thirty years ago since Ju-Jutsu (less correctly Ju-Jitsu) found its way into England; in Japan it has been practised in some form or other for (it is said) two thousand years-but by a limited number of exponents. It was a secret art: its mysteries, until well into the twentieth century, unknown outside the military, or Samurai, caste. The modern word Judo, loosely used as though a synonym for Ju-Jutsu, is the name of the most advanced, the best and most scientific, of these varieties of Ju-Jutsu.

A satisfactory translation of Judo is "the soft art" or "the soft way." This expresses the principle of yielding, of giving up, of apparent submission to an opponent's attack instead of opposing strong resistance. This submission (as will be seen later in the description of many of the throws, etc.) is actual, but it is offered simply with the intention of gaining a very practical advantage. Judo, being the "soft way," forbids the opposition of resistance against force and demonstrates very clearly and convincingly the reason therefore. By apparent submission to the attacker's strength the trained Judo exponent is actually able to employ the strength of the attacker in bringing about his downfall.

Judo exploits and demonstrates the principles of balance and leverage to a degree unknown in western Antagonistics. Success largely depends upon these qualities, plus quickness of movement. But it is ridiculous and untrue-often as the statement has been made-to assert that physical strength is a negligible quantity. It is no such thing. In Judo, as in all other forms of physical activity, strength is an asset of value. Judo teaches one how to use it to the greatest advantage.

Here it is well to emphasize the fact that Judo is a sport just as much as a form of Self Defence. This fact is apt to be lost sight of. Too often Judo is referred to as a system "by which you break people's arms and legs and dislocate their joints. Not for me, thank you! It is too dangerous." Judo does include many tricks, holds and locks, etc. (though the knowledge of these ought not to be imparted to the novice), the purpose of which is to enable one to bring about the speedy disablement (or certainty of disablement) of an opponent, but the ordinary employment of such tricks is something quite different.

As a means of physical recreation it has no superior. Every single muscle from the neck to the toes is called into active use, and certain sets of muscles are not unduly exercised to the neglect of others, as happens with so many sports. Judo will not render one invulnerable against any and every Form of personal assault. Rut it will equip one with such knowledge, and the power to use it, as will give an overwhelming advantage in any chance encounter or rough-and-tumble with an attacker unacquainted with the art, even though the defender be the lesser in bulk and physical power. Men and women, girls and boys, may quite safely take on the learning of Judo even though they have little or no previous acquaintance with any vigorous or antagonistic sport.


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