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Old 01-23-2014, 10:19 AM   #14
Peter Boylan
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Re: Budo And Sports, A Rant

Demetrio Cereijo wrote: View Post
And much is edited and selected to give a specific image of Kano.

Mostly because Judo was being used not as a sport ( sport as was understood in the late 19th c. - early 20th c.) but as a "budo" in the sense given to the word in Imperial Japan. Of course Kano was not unhappy with changing the shiai ruleset because the Kosen guys, or sending challengers to Ad Santel.

Kano was a politician, he was way more complex than people think based on the Kodokan approved 'official history'.
Demetrio, you keep trying to make the writings of Kano Shihan irrelevant by saying that they have been edited to give a specific image. The thing is, there are quite a lot of us who can read the original Japanese. I have to say that Murata Sensei's translation is good, and that John Stevens' biography was definitely not what the Kodokan would have liked to see. Your objections to referencing Kano's writings as a means of understanding him seem more like obstructionism than anything else.

As for how Judo was being used as budo in Imperial Japan, Kano fought that as well, but he also faced a lot of opposition within the Kodokan over his distaste for the emphasis on competitive judo. He faced enough opposition that there was at least one attempt to remove him from power in the Kodokan by a group within it.

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