Initiation to the Art of War

In the continuing effort to introduce readers to the deeper history of jujutsu (jiu-jitsu), this is an interesting piece, that should give an insight into the “first” jujutsu school: the Takenouchi-ryu.

Available via PDF download:

Initiation to the Art of War: A Preliminary Text of the Takenouchi School.

See also from the same author:

Art of Gentleness: Concepts and Origins of Japanese Jujutsu

The author notes that with judo and aikido, jujutsu-related arts are of the “greatest overseas impact” of traditional Japanese arts to the world; while in some sense BJJ might be seen as “basically just judo” in this equation, I think it has become a different expression of jujutsu in itself, even returned to Japanese shores, and should be counted in this company as well.

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Use of Force Case Law

 

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This link from Policeone regards Use of Force case law that police officers should know…

Probably good for anyone who carries a gun, or teaches self protection to be aware of even if not representing the government; much of this impacts the way use of force in self defense will be viewed by the legal mind, and how that legal mind thinks related to UoF.

We have discussed striving to be multi-dimensional as well as inter-disciplinary tacticians and this is probably the most critical dimension of all, though among the least rehearsed in skills-based training.

1. Graham v. Connor — This is the essential use of force rubric in the country.
2. Tennessee v. Garner — Addresses deadly force to prevent escape.
3. Terry v. Ohio — Established the legality of so-called “Stop & Frisk” searches.
4. Plakas v. Drinski — No constitutional duty to use lesser force when deadly force is authorized.
5. Pena v. Leombruni — Addresses suspect’s known mental state regarding force.
6. Thompson v. Hubbard — Case where suspect appeared to be drawing a gun and no gun found.
7. Smith v. Freland — Examined policy violation but no violation of Constitutional law.
8. Bush v. City of Tallahassee — Addresses excessive force applied through Graham.
9. Green v. N.J. State Police — Addresses excessive force applied through Graham.
10. Forrett v. Richardson — Unarmed fleeing felon applied through Tennessee v. Garner.
11. Elliot v. Leavitt — Addresses 20/20 hindsight on officer shooting.
12. Brown v. United States — The original (1921) Graham v. Connor style decision.
13. Wardlaw v. Pickett — Punching an approaching verbally argumentative person.
14. City of Canton v. Harris — Addresses liability and “failure to train.”
15. Popow* v. Margate — Addresses shooting an innocent person (training).

(*name corrected from original article)

 

Summing Up

 

“You are the sum of the five people closest to you.”

 

I’ve seen this quote attributed to different people, and others put it as “you are the average of the five people you most associate with;” I think the summing up version is better – heard that way from Rich Mason.

Thinking about it, it really is telling. Looking around you and assessing, it could be inspiring… or frightening.

It has probably changed for you over the years – or you have.

And it’s something we have total control over in our lives, though most of us probably have trouble exerting such control.

Gets you to thinking…