I am continuing to look at my relationship with judo,and defining what is. I am searching under the idea that judo is indeed a soft and gentle art form, like the name of the art implies it should be.
I realize the world is a big place and many people practice with different goals. That being said much of the examples the art of judo gives us comes from the sporting world. In sports judo people use power to crush power. They often throw with no control, causing themselves to topple over and causing uke to land in terrible positions. The art of ukemi, falling to protect oneself and negate energy, is lost on the competitor and they intentionally try to fall poorly so their opponent is not given points.
Today I offer this film. From what I read he is an Olympian in the art of judo. He likely could throw me through walls, dimensions and time itself. But, has he lost sight of the thesis - does he practice the gentle way? While he excels at sport and fighting does he really understand judo, the way of softness, as intended by the founder?
Kenichi Sawai: Taikiken. Meiji Jingu, Tokyo
6 hours ago