A Starting History of Previous University Jujitsu – Component 1

Around the up coming pair of day’s I will creating an report of the historical past of Pre-WWII Japanese Jujitsu/Judo. I wasn’t certain where to commence, but below I am so let’s get begun.

I’m heading to start with H. Irving Hancock, who in the early 1900’s wrote a number of guides on the record of Japanese bodily coaching & Jujitsu. I will start with his guide Japanese Bodily Instruction created in 1903.

“Subsequently he examined in Nagasaki, below Inouye San, instructor of Jiu-jitsu in the police department of that town”.

This was the 1st time I listened to of Inouye. Now if we look at Hancock’s other book Jiu-jitsu Combat Tips prepared a yr later on in 1904:

“Exponents of the Tenjin College of jiu-jitsu have formulated in all its doable perfection a design of stopping the boxer’s blow that cannot be surpassed for neatness of execution, success and swiftness. It is a feat that applies only to halting a left-hand blow by the boxer.”

Prior to leaving this guide, the motive for the higher than two quotes are:

1.) The mentioning of Inouye, the jujitsu instructor of the Nagasaki law enforcement dept.

2.) The point out of the method “Tenjin/Tenshin”

Later you will see the place I’m going with this.

Yet another quotation that is quite attention-grabbing.

“In Japan the total course in jiu-jitsu involves four years time”.

That seems extremely reasonable, as I have read that it can take about 15 several years to obtain a Menkyo Kaiden in Tenjin Shinyo Ryu nowadays. The question is, why so lengthy? I really don’t have 15 many years to dedicate to one particular art.

At this place I would like to carry up a further outdated e-book on jiu-jitsu, “THE YABE School OF JIU JITSU” created in 1904 by Yae Kichi Yabe. In Yabe’s e-book he mentions that the program is based on that of “Tenshin”. Also in this e-book is the section “Critical Touches” made use of to explain Atemi or “Ate”!

Professor John J. O’Brien states that he been given his diploma in Jiu Jitsu in 1905 from the Governor of Nagasaki. O’Brien spent 10 a long time as Inspector of Police in Nagasaki. He was accountable for introducing Presiedent Teddy Roosevelt to Jiu Jitsu as nicely as instructing Colonel A.J. Drexel Biddle.

Next we go on to Col. Risher W. Thornberry. Thornberry wrote several books on jujitsu from 1905 to 1933. In his very first jujitsu book written in 1905, the 1st page is very appealing. It displays a image of Prof. Kishoku Inouye, “Instructor to the Nagasaki Police”. At the leading of the web site it reads, “Jiu-jitsu – As taught by Prof. Inouye to around 2,000 Officers and Troopers now at the front line.” Reference to the Russo/Japanese war.

This reserve was written only a 12 months or two following Hancock’s e book. They both equally mention Inouye & Tenshin. A definite relationship is commencing to develop.

An intriguing quotation from Thornberry’s reserve,

“Jiu-jitsu has a weapon in the kind of “atemi, or vital touches”, which may possibly be administered with the thumb, the clenched hand, the elbows, the tows, the edge of the hand, or even with the head.” Once more, the purpose for mentioning this estimate is the use of the word “Critical touches”.

Investigation demonstrates that Thornberry actively taught jiu-jitsu. One of Thornberry’s pupils was Samuel R. Linck. Linck went on to publish a guide in 1943 known as “Combat JIU JITSU”. An superb e book. Linck researched below Thornberry in Los Angeles for a range of several years. Linck been given a “Learn Diploma” from Thornberry in “Tenshin Ryu” dated May 6th, 1935.

In Linck’s e book he features a brief history of jiu-jitsu.

“These types of the artwork ended up closely guarded and only taught to the samurai or warrior course, the team now identified as the Black Dragon Society”.

Linck taught a person by the name George Tate. Linck and Tate taught a jiu-jitsu course in Los Angeles. Afterwards on, Tate succeeded Linck as instructor and ongoing to instruct and educate in Jiu-jitsu. Tate went on to turn out to be the jiu-jitsu teacher for the Los Angeles law enforcement department and afterwards executed course at the L.A. Judo Club.

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