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Kodokan Judo’s Self-Defense System: Kodokan Goshin-jutsu

By L.C. Jones, M.P. Savage, and W.L. Gatling




Kodokan Judo’s Self-Defense System: Kodokan Goshin-jutsu

Published to coincide with the sixty-year anniversary of its formation, this article presents an in-depth study into Kodokan Goshin-jutsu—a Kodokan judo exercise formally established in 1956 to teach the principles and techniques of self-defense against unarmed and armed attacks, and to meet modern lifestyle needs.
        First, the article reviews the place of Kodokan Goshin-jutsu among the Kodokan kata, and then summarizes the history of the exercise’s creation—including the environmental context in which it was developed, and the background some of the key personalities involved. A description of the exercise’s structure and technical contents follows, along with an in-depth explanation of its principles and associated teaching and learning challenges. This also includes a review of the most reliable learning texts in Japanese, English and selected other Western languages.
        Kodokan Goshin-jutsu’s performance aspects are considered next—including those associated with the modern concept of competitive kata. An objective assessment of Kodokan Goshin-jutsu’s practical self-defense effectiveness follows, before finally conclusions are drawn.

SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 25 No. 1 (2016): 47 pages.


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