Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

A Beginning History of Old School Jujutsu - Part 1


Over the next couple of day's I will writing an article of the history of Pre-WWII Japanese Jujitsu/Judo. I wasn't sure where to start, but here I am so let's get started.

I'm going to start with H. Irving Hancock, who in the early 1900's wrote several books on the history of Japanese physical training & Jujitsu. I will start with his book Japanese Physical Training written in 1903.

"Subsequently he studied in Nagasaki, under Inouye San, instructor of Jiu-jitsu in the police department of that city".

This was the first time I heard of Inouye. Now if we look at Hancock's other book Jiu-jitsu Combat Tricks written a year later in 1904:

"Exponents of the Tenjin School of jiu-jitsu have developed in all its possible perfection a style of stopping the boxer's blow that cannot be surpassed for neatness of execution, effectiveness and swiftness. It is a feat that applies only to stopping a left-hand blow by the boxer."

Before leaving this book, the reason for the above two quotes are:

1.) The mentioning of Inouye, the jujitsu instructor of the Nagasaki police dept.

2.) The mention of the system "Tenjin/Tenshin"

Later you will see where I'm going with this.

Another quote that is very interesting.

"In Japan the full course in jiu-jitsu requires four years time".

That seems very reasonable, as I have read that it takes about 15 years to receive a Menkyo Kaiden in Tenjin Shinyo Ryu today. The question is, why so long? I don't have 15 years to devote to one art.

At this point I would like to bring up another old book on jiu-jitsu, "THE YABE SCHOOL OF JIU JITSU" written in 1904 by Yae Kichi Yabe. In Yabe's book he mentions that the system is based on that of "Tenshin". Also in this book is the phase "Vital Touches" used to describe Atemi or "Ate"!

Professor John J. O'Brien states that he received his diploma in Jiu Jitsu in 1905 from the Governor of Nagasaki. O'Brien spent ten years as Inspector of Police in Nagasaki. He was responsible for introducing Presiedent Teddy Roosevelt to Jiu Jitsu as well as instructing Colonel A.J. Drexel Biddle.

Next we move on to Col. Risher W. Thornberry. Thornberry wrote several books on jujitsu from 1905 to 1933. In his first jujitsu book written in 1905, the first page is very interesting. It shows a picture of Prof. Kishoku Inouye, "Instructor to the Nagasaki Police". At the top of the page it reads, "Jiu-jitsu - As taught by Prof. Inouye to over 2,000 Officers and Soldiers now at the front line." Reference to the Russo/Japanese war.

This book was written only a year or two after Hancock's book. They both mention Inouye & Tenshin. A definite connection is beginning to develop.

An interesting quote from Thornberry's book,

"Jiu-jitsu has a weapon in the form of "atemi, or vital touches", which may be administered with the thumb, the clenched hand, the elbows, the tows, the edge of the hand, or even with the head." Again, the reason for mentioning this quote is the use of the word "Vital touches".

Research shows that Thornberry actively taught jiu-jitsu. One of Thornberry's students was Samuel R. Linck. Linck went on to publish a book in 1943 called "COMBAT JIU JITSU". An excellent book. Linck studied under Thornberry in Los Angeles for a number of years. Linck received a "Master Diploma" from Thornberry in "Tenshin Ryu" dated May 6th, 1935.

In Linck's book he offers a brief history of jiu-jitsu.

"These forms of the art were closely guarded and only taught to the samurai or warrior class, the group now known as the Black Dragon Society".

Linck taught a man by the name George Tate. Linck and Tate taught a jiu-jitsu class in Los Angeles. Later on, Tate succeeded Linck as instructor and continued to teach and train in Jiu-jitsu. Tate went on to become the jiu-jitsu instructor for the Los Angeles police department and later conducted class at the L.A. Judo Club.

Copyright 2003 www.thetruthaboutselfdefense.com

Carl Cestari began his study of the martial arts with judo at the age of 7 under the direction of Yoshisada Yonezuka. During the past forty plus years Carl has dedicated his life to studying the martial arts, hand to hand combat systems, history and religion. He is continually improving himself through his studies. What makes Carl unique is his combination of martial arts, law enforcement, military and real world experience. Carl has been exposed to a multitude of people with a wide variety experience. The following is a list of some of Carl's ranks and honors.

Shinan (Founder) Tekkenryu jujutsu

Ryokudan (6th degree) Koshinkai Karate under John Burrelle

Godan (5th degree) Jujutsu under Clarke of the World Jujutsu Fedaration (now defunct)

Sandan (3rd degree) Nippon Kempo under Narabu Sada

Nidan (2nd degree) Judo under Masafumi Suzuki

Shodan (1st degree) Judo under Yoshisada Yonezuka

Shodan (1st degree) Shukokai Karate under Kimura, Kadachi and Yonezuka

Shodan (1st degree) Daitoryu Aikijujutsu

Instructors Certificate- Charles Nelson System of Self Defense under Charlie Nelson


MORE RESOURCES:

wtvr.com

Martial Arts World Championships & Fundraiser for ASCV
wtvr.com
RICHMOND: Grandmaster Y.K. Kim and the Martial Arts World Organization shows support for the Autism Society Central Virginia at its annual Exhibition Team Championships. Funds raised at the annual event will benefit ASCV's mission of improving the ...



Current in Carmel

Life skills through martial arts
Current in Carmel
Born from a love of ancient martial arts came the fun, affordable, kid-friendly program that is sweeping the north side of Indianapolis. Crouching Tigers' president and founder, Olivia Roney Spahn has expanded on her 11 years of karate background to ...



The Week Magazine

The addictive ecstasy of a good mixed martial arts fight
The Week Magazine
The fight book of our generation has landed. And that's no small thing. Sport-fighting has always attracted some of the best writers. Homer wrote beautifully on a fight between Epeios and and Euryalos in The Iliad. William Hazlitt's 1822 account of a ...



The Reflector

Martial arts school flourishes in Woodland
The Reflector
Her father, John, owner of Old School Martial Arts Academy in Woodland, holds a thick black pad for Abigail to practice her kicks. She accommodates him, jumping into the air and flicking a foot powerfully into the pad while letting out an ear-splitting ...



TheAlternativePress.com

PRO Martial Arts Grand Opening Family Fun Day, Saturday, Oct. 25
TheAlternativePress.com
MONTVILLE, NJ - There's something exciting coming to our community that will have kids and parents up on their feet and kicking their fitness into gear. PRO Martial Arts is opening its doors this Saturday, Oct. 25 and bringing with it much more than ...



Staten Island Advance - SILive.com

Martial arts, social work drive ambitions of Assembly candidate Marybeth ...
Staten Island Advance - SILive.com
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When Marybeth Melendez gets stressed-out and needs some "me" time, she takes out her old nunchucks and practices. It's a throwback to her time as a competitive martial arts athlete and teacher -- all the while being blind and a ...



Nia combines martial arts, dance and yoga
Baltimore Sun
Nia stands for “neuromuscular integrative action,” though that name sounds more scientific than the free-flowing class feels. A combination of martial arts, dance and “healing arts” like yoga keep the class interesting — and bring on the sweat ...



CorrectionsOne

CO credited with preventing mixed-martial arts fighter's suicide
CorrectionsOne
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A corrections officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is being credited with preventing the suicide of Jonathan Koppenhaver, legally known as “War Machine.” ...



Martial arts class at hospital
The Manchester Journal
Classes will be led by Nathan Sumner, 5th Degree Master Black Belt (Godan) Master Instructor, Villari's Martial Arts Center of Williamstown. A Women's Self Defense Class will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This basic class ...



Martial arts classes for children focus on coordination, balance
Greenfield Daily Reporter
NEW PALESTINE — Proving children are never too young to broach serious subjects, a series of martial arts classes for kids as young as 2 is developing a devoted following. The program is called Crouching Tigers, and it's proving popular among families ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.