By E. J. Harrison
This is often Gold to Martial Artists. an grand piece of insightful writing and a vintage contribution to the center knowledge of Japan’s Martial Arts. Harrison used to be a Western journalist who spoke fluent eastern and lived in Japan from approximately 1900. This makes his statement, reviews and writing unique.
Harrison grew to become enthusiastic about the religious dynamics of Japan’s Martial Arts and its impact on human power and services. He used to be very skilful himself and used to be graded through the main difficult of Japan’s Masters. He received their recognize simply because he understood the esoteric pondering that used to be universal to the entire supremely skilful best Grades, of their software of refined successful techniques.
Harrison asserts, for example, that till Westerners examine the teachings of harnessing the good stomach powers open to us, the japanese will regularly defeat a Westerner in a struggle to the end. He writes, “This isn't really a technical exposition of jap Martial Arts. My self sufficient learn, entry to such nice eastern minds and the very top of the range of my unique resource fabrics is most original. i've got attempted to take advantage of it to give an explanation for the key of unquestionable jap battling superiority.
this is often a less than excellent try to clarify the esoteric considering, which in flip produces their complete scuffling with rationale.” It used to be on the outbreak of the Russo–Japanese battle in 1904 that Harrison moved to Tokyo and joined the Kodo kan. in the course of his lifestyles there, he met and befriended Suichi Nagaoka, Kyuzo Mifune, Sakujiro Yokoyama, Nobuyuki Kunishige and Dr Jigoro Karo – founding father of the Kodo Kan. them all have been towering figures within the respected global of eastern Martial Arts and its philosophies.
Harrison’s own relationships with the ancient giants of Judoka make his realizing and information totally useful. He offers a different glimpse of a interval of eastern background and tradition that used to be a whole secret to the West.
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3. The entire body is relaxed. 4. All breathing is natural. Do not raise up the shoulders. Do not over-expand the chest. 5. Breathe with the diaphragm. 30 WU CHI Stand straight with the knees slightly bent and the arms hanging naturally at the sides. The feet are shoulder width apart. The body is completely relaxed. TAI CHI BEGINS 31 32 THREE POINT CONCENTRATION Slide the right foot to the left front, letting it rest on its heel The left hand sinks down while the right hand raises up. The finger tips of the left hand are touching the wrist of the right hand.
The hands, still holding the small ball, circle to the right front. Lower the right heel to the ground while stepping out with the left foot. The left foot rests on its heel. The body weight remains on the right foot. Lower the left foot to the ground so that 60 percent of the weight is on the left foot and 40 percent of the weight is on the right foot. At the same time, the left hand circles down in front of the body and comes to rest above the knee. As the left hand circles down, the right palm pushes forward.
CROSS THE HANDS Bring the arms together so that the hands are crossed. The palms face outwards, the elbows face down and the shoulders are relaxed. 44 DIAGONAL BRUSH KNEE AND TWIST STEP LEFT Rotate the palms so that they face each other and then circle the palms to the right rear by the side of the head. The right palm faces inward while the left palm faces outward. The hands appear to be holding a small ball. While the hands are circling to the rear, step out with the left foot letting it rest on its heel.