Of all types of Japanese martial arts, sumo has never been the art of warriors and from the very beginning was a combination of competition and Shinto rite. The first reliable information about sumo competitions dates back to 642 AD, when, at the direction of the emperor, a feast was held at the court in honor of the Korean ambassador. Most of the ancient rites associated with sumo have survived to the present. Continue reading
JUDO (the “soft way”), one of the most famous Japanese martial arts, based mainly on grabs, creases and throws. Unlike most Western types of wrestling that rely on the wrestler’s own strength, the principle of maximum use of the enemy’s strength is the basis of judo. Judo is a soft, sporty version of jujitsu (jujutsu).
The roots of jujitsu go back to ancient times. It is known that it was part of the system of combat and physical training of samurai in feudal Japan. Continue reading