• 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

The Historical Backbround of Kosen Judo – Part 2

Kano’s method on the other hand was open to all, without causing any accidents or injuries and could be considered more a physical activity rather than a martial art.

Kano added to Kodokan judo the ground techniques defining them Kosen. The main ones of this style were pins and chocking techniques, without prohibiting throws.

Most of Kano Shihan’s students had a deep passion for judo and trained very hard. The Kosen style was highly considered throughout the nation and had reached a very high technical level in which the ne waza spirit was included.

Most of them specialized and went for Tanabe’s style, as his students would win all competitions. But Kano Shihan could not accept such situation, because their supremacy undermined the delicate balance he tried to establish within the Kodokan.

In 1925 the Kosen style was so strong, that Kano Shihan had to establish new fighting rules in order to restrict it. He established a proportion between ground techniques 30% and standing techniques 70%, principle which up to today is in force within the International Judo Federation.   

The idea of the founder was, that the Kodokan was supposed to represent a synthesis of the old Ju Jitsu  and was therefore not supposed to make any preference between one style or the other.

Futhermore he also wanted to promote his method abroad and therefore needed to send people who were able to defend Kodokan’s ideals whenever facing any kind of challenge. He decided to send his students specialized in ground work of the new Kosen style abroad.

Among these there were Hirata, Tomita and Maeda. Maeda went to the US along with Tomita and after several draw backs ended up in Brazil were he taught his technique to the Gracie brothers. Brasilian Ju Jitsu concentrates quite a lot on ground work as it comes from the Kosen style.

Ground techniques are quite refined and various, but unfortunately Kosen Judo was stopped by the Second World War as all other sports were prohibited and taken up again only when it was ended.  

The Kosen style is a kind of judo, which has been picked up by the main high schools and technical institutes during the Meiji Period going from 1816 until1914, year in which the First National Japanese High School Championship took place at the Kyoto Imperial University.

Following several developments in time the school system changed. The old schools have become universities and nowadays Kosen Judo is practiced only in seven universities, which have a dedicated championship. The former Imperial Universities are those of Hokkaido, Kyoto, Kyushu, Nagoya, Osaka, Tohoku and Tokyo.

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