Thread: Modern weapond
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Old 10-30-2004, 09:25 PM   #16
Zato Ichi
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Re: Modern weapond

Although not necessarily modern, this technique has only been rediscovered within the past 100 years or so... the deadly nuugiwaza.

There have been mention of this technique far back as 300BC in certain esoteric Chinese works, but the first detailed description appeared in a lesser known work of Miyamoto Musashi: A Book of Five Knuckles and Your Friend's Head. A little known fact: during Musashi's famous duel with Sasaki Kojiro, the blow from Musashi's bokken did not kill Kojiro: it stunned Kojiro and caused him to drop his weapon, which gave Musashi the opportunity to run forward and apply the deadly nuugi technique. According to recently unearthed documents, Kojiro's last words were "DUDE! Stop it! That really hurts!" He died moments later.

The technique fell into obscurity for unknown reasons (the current theories are too complex to recount here, but suffice it to say they involve the emperor, too much sake, and an overzealous demonstration). The technique was rediscovered in the early twentieth century by Takayuki "the Moose" Osawa, a judoka who trained under Jigoro Kano. During randori, Osawa was involved in newaza with an opponent who was easily escaping his best efforts. Osawa was applying kesagatame, but he could feel his opponent breaking the hold, in a desperate act, he released his hold on his opponents dogi sleeve, took his knuckles and rubbed them really hard into his opponent's skull. He tapped out immediately. Although Kano was impressed, he deemed the move to be too dangerous for competition and banned the move. But it was too late. The genie had been let out of the bottle.

Word of the fantastic technique spread quickly, and reached the ears of one Sokaku Takeda. Takeda, impressed, incorporated it into Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, but only teaching the technique to his most talented pupils. Morihei Ueshiba happened to be one of the few who received direct instruction in the technique from Takeda, and when Ueshiba went onto formulate aikido, he incorporated nuugiwaza - most often it is applied from a failed ushiroate. As uke steps forward to regain his/her balance, tori quickly steps forward in in front of uke, grabbing uke's head in the process and applying kazushi, bringing uke down to the mat. Once uke is on the mat, tori applies nuugiwaza. It is considered traditional to say "I'm only doing this because I love ya, ya big lug!", just to let uke know there are no hard feelings.

Last edited by Zato Ichi : 10-30-2004 at 09:38 PM.
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