Japanese Traditional Sports

Japanese Traditional Sports

Nowadays the same as Westerners, we enjoy watching or playing many sports in Japan. Baseball, soccer, volleyball, professional wrestling or K-1 Grand Prix fighting who practice karate, kick boxing, and so on.
But some Japanese prefer to practice martial arts. Many types and styles have been practiced in Japan. You know, we can hardly talk about martial arts without mententions professional Su-mo. But, many people try to practice them as a hobby and more. We often see 'Bushi-do' traditional solders sprits in them. And many schools take in them as a physical education. So I think they might influence our bahavior. Now, let's see them!




Aikido
They practice grabbing and twisting opponent joints or breaking opponent balance. Generally speaking, they don't have an actual contest.

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Ju-do
You know, Ju-do is one of the most famous sports all over the world. It is also famous for one of The Olympic Games. In the Meiji period, Kanoh jigoro originated this after learning many traditional wrestling called Ju-jutu. General spreaking, they practice breaking balance and carrying opponet on their shoulder and throwing. The other hand, because they learn ground techniques, they can hold opponent. Same as other martial arts, they mention their mental strength. They feel worth in keeping good relationships better than fighting for solving preblems.


Karate
Karate originated in Okinawa Pref. in Japan. In the Edo period, the Okinawan people weren't allowed to have any weapons. So they made techniques for attacking or defending with trained hands, elbows, foot, knees -even the head. In Japanese, "kara" means empty, "te" does hand.

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Ken-do
This is the most typical of Japanese traditional martial arts. It's easy for everyone to imagine Samurai -Japanese traditional soldiers- those who wore metal and tough cloth masks and gloves. They practice in pairs. "Ken" means swords, but they usually use model swords made from bamboo called "Shinai".


Kyu-do
This is Japanese archery. This has come from techneques in Japanese traditional war. But recently they are interested in completing its process to shoot. they pay attention to keep their posture and breath even their balance of body and soul.


Su-mo
Japanese often refer Su-mo to our national sport. Two men wearing a loin cloth looks like a swim suit fight in circle about 3 meters across. Because of its simplicity, it has a long history like as Western wrestling. Middle Ages soldiers used to train without any weapons. We can see the proof in professional Su-mo. The great referee has a dagger. It means he would prepare to suicide, if he misjudges a match. Of course, that's only a symbolic meaning.