Tsunami wrote:Hello everyone I'm new here and this will be my first post in this forum.
I have a question regarding Judo as I have heard that it is a derivative of Jujitsu (as is Brazilian Jujitsu, Aikido and Aikijitsu). Also I have heard that Judo has been "watered down" compared to what it was years ago. I'm a complete newbie regarding this art so please bear with me. My question is just how much of this is true (and please correct my errors)? Also if this does happen to be true are there any excellent schools that teach Jujitsu (which covers all of the aforementioned arts as well without watering anything down)?
My second question is how many days per week should I devote to training in Judo as I will be doing boxing as my primary art for five days a week (about 2 hours each day)?
OK Tsunami, I'll bite.
- Would it surprise you if I told you that some of things you refer to ... aikido and BJJ ... are derivative of the judo of Jigoro Kano and not the other way around?
- By using the term "watering down" you kind of show that you current perception of the martial arts may be more to do with modern myth than historical reality. It indicates maybe you have been told that there is some kind of pure and perfect jujutsu. I assure you, that is a myth.
- Judo taken as a whole is the modern martial art that has been historically the most aquisitive. Unfortunately, there are very few that can inform, much less teach the width and depth of judo. What is most commonly seen as judo is a hybrid form of jacket wrestling ... which is a children's game instructive in learning judo ... and a very enjoyable game at that ... but there is much more.
From your interest in boxing, I might guess that you are an MMA fan ... and that this is driving your interest in judo? If so, you are not alone by a long shot.
That said, if you work back in time in judo, back to its roots, the "un-watered" judo you refer to ... you don't come to anything that looks like MMA. You reach unarmed people fighting to save their lives against armed and unarmed enemies ... sometimes in armor, sometimes not. It also reflects the history of people who went from a medieval systems and technological capability to become a superpower of their age in the short span of 50 years. At its core, judo is not a way to fight, it is much deeper.
This forum can be very informative. It contains ... for free ... among the best informed people in judo about your first question. It also contains the posts of bloviating jerks whose every word you should take with a grain of salt. You have to inform yourself in order to judge who to trust. For example, look at the density of this thread ... how much education one would need to be fully involved in the conversation ... https://judo.forumotion.com/t2153p60-kanos-examples-of-seiryoku-zenyo-or-jita-kyoei-for-everyday-life
Start here ... start with the story of the founder of judo ... can't put anything so complicated as the story of a great human being into one page but it's a start you can build from ... that is my suggestion. Read this ... ... then hunt around the rest of the site. That should be a good start. http://judoinfo.com/jhist5.htm
As to question #2 ... why do you want to waste your health on an activity like boxing whose whole purpose is to damage your brain and make you a dribbling old man before your time. What's the purpose in that? Quit boxing ... judo as many days a week as you can go ... plus off line reading and study.