Well it’s been 7 weeks since I broke a couple ribs in Judo and I think the bone has pretty much remodeled.  Although, I still experience minor pain when I’ve been sleeping on that side but I don’t think it’s something that a little yoga won’t fix. I’ve been relatively inactive with physical activity and I’ve got the itch to go extreme again.  Now you can say definitively that the legacy of the samurai has been written in my bones.

Judo literally translates as “The Gentle Way” however it is anything but gentle on the poor bastard on the other end of the spectrum. Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, was a great Jujitsu “Gentle Skill” master. Jits was the unarmed combat style of the samurai. Kano simplified Jujitsu by taking out all the strikes and techniques that required great strength; instead focused on the core of Jujitsu the throw, the lock and the choke. Entry, off-balance and throw are at the core. Once you yourself preform the techniques, you can see the true power behind them. Especially when you’re on the receiving end and break a few bones. When you perform the techniques and execute them perfectly there is literally nothing. You moved a little and suddenly there’s a body on the floor in front of you accompanied by a loud smack. There’s just something about it I find utterly satisfying. I’ve missed playing uki and tori. I’ll be able to return soon.

I urge you to take part in the legacy of the samurai yourself. You may have your own motivations for picking up the art, I know I did but in time that will fade and a new love affair will be born in your heart. Really take the time to consider it. I look forward to meeting you on the mat!

“Teach the way of the martial arts so that they may be useful at anytime and teach them in a way that they may be useful in all things.” – Miyamoto Musashi

February 11th 2011

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