Initiation to the Art of War

 

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In the continuing effort to introduce readers to the deeper history of jujutsu (jiu-jitsu), this is an interesting piece that gives 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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