• My thoughts on the DO

    Starting practice is one of the most precious moments. It can be very exciting and eventually leads to fabulous growth. Now is the very moment to decide if to go all the way through.

    When I started judo practice I decided, that I would have done it for the rest of my life and that my Master would have been a constant presence in my thoughts.

    Fundamental to the DO is one ingredient: COMMITMENT, indicating, that self-discipline and persistence must be kept regardless of how hard it is.

    Practice puts us under constant stress, but without it we would never be able to develop our personality.

    Commitment and self-discipline are precious as gold for those seeking the DO.

  • In the Sixties

    1960: Bruno Carmeni throwing his opponent with seoi nage

  • More than 40 years later!

    2007: Bruno Carmeni throwing his opponent with seoi nage

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Judo Techniques & MMA – Part 8 Noritomo Ken Otani

Noritomo Ken Otani was born in 1920 in Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu, called the region of the Judo Champions. He started his judo practice in 1932 at the age of twelve and very soon became an outstanding student when performing his judo techniques.

He got his 1st dan at the age of fifteen, his 2nd dan at sixteen, his 3rd at eighteen, his 4th at twenty one, his 5th at twenty three, his 6th at thirty five, his 7th at forty eight, his 8th at sixty two and some years ago his 9th.

His teachers were Hara Torahiko (8th dan) of the Busen Kyoto and Sumiuki Kotani(10th dan) of Kobe. He became famous because at the 2600 Anniversary of Japan a tournament with no weight classes took place and he faced the biggest and heaviest participant in the tournament: Yatsuichi Matsumoto weighing 100kg (220 pounds) being 196cm (6.4 feet) tall. Ken Otani weighed only 58kg (128 pounds) and  was165cm (5.4 feet) tall.

He got involved in a mixed martial art fight after his arrival in Italy in 1953, but not as one of the competitors: he was the referee. The fight “vale tudo” took place in Milan at the Ice Ring between Nishi Yoshinori and a very tall athlete from Marseille.

The Frenchman who was very skilled in “flying techniques”, while standing threw his leg around the neck of Yoshinori taking him to the ground in order to strangle him with a technique called  kensui jime. Nishi lost his senses twice and the referee, Noritomo Ken Otani, waited the due time as foreseen by the rules, in order to assign the victory to the “flying Frenchman”.  To get Yoshinori back to life he applied a kuwatsu technique, which is used in order to wake up somebody who has fainted.  

Ken Otani is still alive. He was known for his powerful judo techniques both standing and on the ground, even though he weighed only a few pounds and was quite small.


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