By E. J. Harrison
This is often Gold to Martial Artists. an grand piece of insightful writing and a vintage contribution to the center knowledge of Japan’s Martial Arts. Harrison was once a Western journalist who spoke fluent jap and lived in Japan from approximately 1900. This makes his remark, reviews and writing unique.
Harrison turned passionate about the non secular dynamics of Japan’s Martial Arts and its impact on human power and services. He was once very skilful himself and was once graded through the main tough of Japan’s Masters. He received their recognize simply because he understood the esoteric pondering that was once universal to the entire supremely skilful best Grades, of their software of sophisticated profitable techniques.
Harrison asserts, for example, that till Westerners study the teachings of harnessing the nice stomach powers open to us, the japanese will continuously defeat a Westerner in a struggle to the end. He writes, “This isn't really a technical exposition of jap Martial Arts. My self sufficient learn, entry to such nice jap minds and the very top of the range of my unique resource fabrics is most unique. i've got attempted to exploit it to give an explanation for the key of unquestionable jap combating superiority.
this can be a less than excellent try to clarify the esoteric considering, which in flip produces their entire combating rationale.” It used to be on the outbreak of the Russo–Japanese conflict in 1904 that Harrison moved to Tokyo and joined the Kodo kan. in the course of his existence there, he met and befriended Suichi Nagaoka, Kyuzo Mifune, Sakujiro Yokoyama, Nobuyuki Kunishige and Dr Jigoro Karo – founding father of the Kodo Kan. them all have been towering figures within the respected global of jap Martial Arts and its philosophies.
Harrison’s own relationships with the old giants of Judoka make his knowing and information completely valuable. He offers a distinct glimpse of a interval of jap heritage and tradition that used to be an entire secret to the West.