• 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

Will Power and Creativity Within Judo Part 3

The Japanese still have a tie to the tradition of the samurai spirit and to all its refined nuances, which is a fundamental base for them, while the Westerners have other spiritual values, which differ from nation to nation. For example the Germans are known for their rationality, the Italians for their geniality, the Americans for their free spirit and so on. Sensei Minoru Kawaishi, one of the fathers of European judo, understood these differences and wrote:

 
 
 

My Method of Judo by M. Kawaishi

Each nation has specific habits and life systems, that distinguishes it from the others and Japan is not an exception, there you will find strong social ethic differences compared to other nations.

Judo was born based on the typical Japanese way to think and to behave. Therefore to take this Eastern practice as it is to Europe and to think to make it grow and prosper following Japanese teaching methods without an adaptation to the Westerners way is a big mistake.

 I have visited several countries and have found out, that judo teachings are not convenient for this mentality. To be clear about  it: judo is not wrong nor is it the fault of those teaching it, but  the way it is taught is not appropriate. It is the reason why I have worked out a method for the Europeans.

 Such system has first been successfully adopted by the French and then by other nations. Its aim is to get people acquainted with original Japanese judo leaving out at the beginning those techniques, that are considered dangerous for the Westerners, as they are performed according to judo’s original spirit, which was based on jujutsu.

 
 
 

Judo Sensei M. Kawaishi with Sensei S. Awazu

In Europe judo developed quite late when compared t other fighting sports such as wrestling and boxing, which reached a high level of maturity. All these differences in the origins, mentality and environment have given me some hints to study a method, that is different from the Japanese way to practice.   

Jigoro Kano (1860 – 1938) wrote, that  judo’s true spirit  is to forge the mind and body through attack and defense techniques in order to improve the world. Of course everyone will have a different approach when facing the technical research, but I am convinced that such a big amount of options is by itself proof of the great possibilities, that judo offers.

There are many things to be learned in this discipline, such as motivations and processes, that are involved while practicing. I have met judokas, that considered competitions as extreme moments of their lives and that were ready to bet anything on their victory.

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