When Black Belt Magazine was born in 1961, the Beatles were a start-up band, Sergeant Elvis Presley just left the Army, 77 Sunset Strip and Bonanza were the hot TV shows, and phone numbers started with letters. The mainstream martial art of the era was judo and the Dead Sea was just sick.
Black Belt Magazine is the martial arts' most popular and influential publication and has been so since the early 1960s when the first issues were published. From the contents of those early issues, readers recognized that honor and integrity was behind this new martial arts resource and that its objective was not just profit-making or commercialization. The 1960s work here includes three phases in Black Belt's development. Phase one spans 1961 thru 1964 prior to Black Belt becoming a monthly magazine. Phase two spans 1965 and 1966. Phase three is 1967 thru 1969.
Black Belt's founder and original editor, Mitoshi Uyehara, was an avid martial arts enthusiast who practiced judo and aikido. A team of advisors was assembled consisting of dan (black belt) holders of judo, kendo, aikido and karate. These advisors provided the magazine with a resource for trustworthy accounts of the traditions and techniques of authentic martial arts while helping to weed out what was bogus and unreliable.
Judo – The Power Presence in Martial Arts.
A primary theme established at Black Belt back then was that the current state of the martial arts be reflected in its pages. The prominent martial art was judo while aikido, kendo and karate trailed behind. In those days, most people were involved in martial arts as a competitive endeavor, or, purely defensive purposes which included soldiers or law enforcement officers. Nevertheless, there were those who enjoyed doing martial arts for recreation or entertainment. Judo tournaments were the typical martial combat sports, which makes sense as judo was slated to become an official medal event in the 1964 Olympic Games. Naturally, judo instruction and competition were common subjects reported and written about in Black Belt early on.
Black Belt's very first issue came out in April 1961. It was 68 pages printed in 5" X 8" format and consisting of seven articles, a short story, and an editorial. On that first cover an artist had drawn an illustration of a judo player throwing another using a modified shoulder throw. The editorial introduced the magazine to the public and the lead story featured Kododan judo and its founder Jigoro Kano. Judo topics comprised four articles and the short story while aikido, kendo and karate had one each. There was a report about the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Judo Championship along with stories regarding judo programs in San Diego, California and at San Jose State College. There was a short story written by Air Force General Thomas Power. Readers found it interesting that judo had become a big presence in the United States Air Force and airmen the Strategic Air Command had been doing defensive tactics judo courses since 1952. The long standing relationship between Black Belt and all branches of the United States military began with that story. Aikido's topic featured expert Koechi Tohei. Kendo was about Torao Mori who excelled in both kendo and fencing. The karate story introduced Ed Parker who expounded on his kenpo karate style.
In these early years, photographs of top artists and competitions were scarce making it very challenging to illustrate the articles. Available photos often had to be used repeatedly. Because of this lack of illustrations to depict training stories, artists were often utilized to create drawings to fill this void. As for covers, a large number of them were paintings. Using a painting rather than a photograph was often more practical considering the problems associated with getting subjects who live overseas to Los Angeles for a photo shoot. Another bonus with paintings was that the dramatic aspect could be heightened helping to catch the eye of potential readers browsing the newsstands. Black Belt was doing creative long before Pixar.
Eight months passed before issue the next arrived in January 1962. Subscribers, anxious for their copy, were surprised to discover that Black Belt was now a conventional size magazine and the cover was in full color. On that cover was an artist's rendering of a two people; a karate man smashing tiles and a kendo practitioner wielding a bamboo sword. Inside were six judo stories which included a piece on "Judo" Gene LeBell, a new section called Boys Judo and a story about a wrestling coach. Aikido, kendo and karate had two articles each and there was a new women's section titled Practical Self-defense for Women.
Two more issues were published in 1962. By this time, readers had been enlightened about these legends who were no longer living; Jigoro Kano judo, Moreihei Uyeshiba aikido and Gichin Funokoshi shotokan karate. Featured regularly back then was Koechi Tohei, a high ranking student of Uyeshiba and Hidetaka Nishiyama who was a prominent student of Funokoshi. Judo player, Philip S. Porter Major USAF and secretary of the Air Force Judo Association, penned the first of many judo articles on his way to becoming a prominent judo figure in American.
Hawaii based William C. C. Hu, Black Belt's unofficial martial arts historian, gave readers much to absorb in his article, "Historical Roots of Karate". Hu gave much readers much more to ponder with his three part series The Origin of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan. During these early years, Black Belt's east coast editor, Robert Wells, contributed articles and provided tournament coverage. Within a few years, Wells was promoted to Executive Editor of Black Belt. Taking over for Wells on the east coast was Mel Applebaum who would make significant contributions to Black Belt.
Here comes karate.
Two more issues of Black Belt were published in 1963 and six more came out in 1964. Problems associated with production and distribution were worked out pleasing the growing legion of subscribers. Highly vocal Japanese karate-man and founder of kyokushin karate, Masutatsu Oyama, made his presence felt in 1963 by telling readers of Black Belt that he had announced a challenge to schools in his homeland that they compete in no holds barred contests in which the winner would take over dojos of whoever were the losers. It was no surprise that no one took him up on it. Oyama then wrongly claimed that all styles of karate would be unified into one system within ten to fifteen years. Oyama and Ed Parker were both wrong in their predictions that karate would be in the Olympics with the next ten years.
A photo in the March 1964 issue shows, Airman First Class, Carlos "Chuck" Norris, breaking a board during a tang-soo-do Korean karate demonstration at March Air Force Base in Riverside California. Norris, a shodan (first degree black belt) and leader of the demonstration team, was reported to be a well organized and capable. Norris commented that tang-soo-do offered many benefits including confidence, speed, alertness and coordination of mind and body. Later Norris appeared in Black Belt's Instructor Profile section where it mentioned that he was running his own karate academy in Redondo Beach, California. No one knew that Norris would become the most well-known karateka (practitioner) in America. Norris appeared on the cover twice during the 1960s.
It became a busy time for judo in America as the United States Olympic judo team was announced. Ben Campbell, George Harris, Jim Bregman and Paul Maruyama earned the honor of representing the America in judo at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Karate tournaments were also on the rise. Ed Parker's Long Beach Internationals was slated to be held for the first time, the results of which will be found in phase two.
Phase one: wrap-up.
By the conclusion of phase one, a couple of departments in Black Belt had become established while some hit the chopping block. "Boys Judo" and "Practical Self Defense for Women" were dropped as was panel of Technical Advisors. New departments were the Promotions section where a dojo could submit its latest list of graduates and another called Dojo News. World Wide Tournament News became popular because of its coverage of tournaments from around the globe. The most popular section of Black Belt was the "Letters to the Editor". Readers love it, however it was not always a favorite to some of Black Belt's contributors who were on the receiving end of a letter writer's complaint.
1965. Jan/Feb. Black belt becomes a monthly magazine and kung fu fans are happy to see the legendary Wong Ark Yuey (above) grace the cover. New department Black Belt Times is launched. The editorial in this issue begins a long line of well deserved tongue lashing and chastising of promoters of karate tournament because of poorly run events and bad officiating: "Either get the refs together in this country or keep the contestants apart" it says. Directed to those deemed as poor sportsmen, Mel Applebaum pontificates the following in the editorial, "one can always be defeated in competition, but in terms of the art, and, in terms of oneself - it is never necessary to lose." Here Applebaum is speaking about personal development and the notion that one who learns from the experience of competition is not a loser.
Ed Parker's 1st Annual International Karate Championship (IKC) in Los Angeles features demos by Bruce Lee and rising taekwondo star, Jhoon Rhee. Hawaiian karate man, Mike Stone, won this first IKC and would go on to win again the next year. Top artists mentioned in Black Belt's profile section were Peter Urban, S. Henry Cho and Daniel Inosanto. Philip Porter's 18 pages of judo coverage from the 18th Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan showed the domination of the host countries judoka (judo player) while detailing the feats of the US Olympic Judo Team and middle-weight bronze medal winner Jim Bregman.
1965, March/April/May. Gordon Doversola of Hawaii makes the controversial claim saying his art Okinawa-te, the forerunner of modern karate, was designed more for attacking than for self-defense. He said, two thirds [of the art] was based on aggression and one third was based on defense. Instructor profiles of prominent figures include Jhoon Rhee, Wally Jay, Tim Tackett, Bill Ryusaki, Ed Parker, Chuck Norris and Robert Trias. The May cover was judo player and beauty queen, Linda Carpenter, who was married to David Chow. Chow is the man who would became the martial arts consultant to the 70s Kung Fu TV series starring David Carradine. Black Belt receives a nice compliment from a letter writer, "it takes guts to print the truth", he says.
1965. June/July/Aug. Takashi Ozawa discusses kendo's migration from Japan to America. Kendo would never catch on because Americans would rather wield a golf club or Louisville Slugger than a sword he said. Choi, Sea-oh shows off hapkido (aikido's sister style founded by Choi, Young-sul of Korea) and performs some of the art's spectacular kicking techniques. The August cover features AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) National Champion, Hayward Nishioka, flipping his opponent. Nishioka gives an informative interview on the state of judo competition in America. Big name artists appearing in Instructor Profiles include aikido's inheritor Kisshomaru Uyeshiba, Kim Byung-so, Choi, Hong-hi the founder of taekwondo and Jimmy Woo who launched a chain of kung fu san-soo studios. Woo could often be found at his box at California's legendary horse race track, Hollywood Park.
1965. Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec. Karate is featured in three of the next four issues. In one a karate-man is doing kata (form). A flying side kick is performed in another. The most dynamic is Tak Kubota's September cover where he smashes a block of ice with a hammer fist strike. A new book by Mas Oyama, This Is Karate, receives great reviews, "an opus of monumental proportions". Bruce Tegner's book on aikido does not fare as well as Oyamas book, it is said to be "too far fetched". An editorial criticizes Ed Parker for pulling out Tsutomu Oshima from judging the finals at the Long Beach Internationals and doing it himself. Not surprising as Parker never backed away from a little controversy. Mike Stone wins that tournament again. S. Henry Cho, the Korean karate expert and host of the big All American Karate Championships in New York City, makes the claim that the Korean karate students are more disciplined than the American karate students.
1966. Jan/Feb/Mar. The biggest happening is the March cover in which Gogen "The Cat" Yamaguchi poses in his famous low kata stance. The goju ryu karate great is highly respected for doing all aspects of his art. In part two, Yamaguchi, the head of the goju karate school talks about "Icy Waterfall Workouts and does spectacular breathing forms. Tsutomu Oshima answers a tournament question – Are they a threat or boon to Karate – "do them right or don't do them his says." In another story, Honolulu police say they prefer judo over firearms.
William C.C. Hu pens several articles about Shaolin kung fu. One is a four part series dissecting the I-Chin–Ching and is about the origin of martial arts said to have been started by a Buddhist priest from India named Bodhidharma around 500 AD. Several letters and an editorial rip some Bogey phony black belts who are deceiving the public and giving the legitimate belt holders a bad name. A group forms in Buffalo, New York to police the issue, some of whom make plans to strip the false ones of their belts.
1966. Apr/May/June. Judo, aikido and Korean wrestling art ssirum all make the covers of the next these issues of Black Belt. Renowned Judoka Isao Inokuma, the Japanese World Judo Champ says his favorite moves are the tai-otoshi (ankle block) and the ippon seionage (shoulder throw). His also states the following words of wisdom, "Whether a man is Japanese or not, it's folly to underrate any opponent." Next comes some bad and good news. The bad is when official word comes out that judo is to be scratched from the 1968 Olympic Games. The good news is that judo will make it back in the 1972 Games.
An editorial expounds on karate tournament leaders in America and their failure to unite together to create a true National Championship instead of the plethora of so-called Championships that are held all over the country. Easier said than done, just look at college football.
1966. July/Aug/Sept/Oct. The July cover story by William CC Hu The Fighting Code of The Samurai is a great read. Judo player Anton Geesnik of Holland graces the August cover. Septembers cover is a portrait of Mas Oyama fighting a bull. Oyama statement "karate is for the rugged" is also shown there. A karate man doing a sidekick to another man's neck is on the September cover. It is announced that Ed Parker, Jhoon Rhee, Tak Kubota, Fumio Demura and US Senator Milton Young, are making plans to start an organization with the intent to do away with much of the bickering and infighting between the leaders of the martial arts scene in America. Critics warn that efforts might fail because of the collision course with large groups already in place. Such groups include Robert Trias and his United States Karate Association and Hidetaka Nishiyama's All American Karate Association which is affiliated with the Japan Karate Federation.
1966. Nov/Dec. Ancient body guards of Hawaiian Kings are the topic of the November cover and feature article. These body guards are said to have employed the secret Lua (Bone Crushing) techniques in their defensive tactics. In December, the covert art of Nin-Jitsu is introduced on the cover and inside. Controversy surrounds karate tournaments and refereeing. One ranking instructor said, "It's a sad state of refereeing in America. Promoters must stop handing out top refereeing positions as ceremonial functions to those who either don't want do it or are not qualified. It is not a disgrace for a man not to be a top referee".
Phase two: wrap-up.
While sport karate and tournaments gained steam, judo remained the primary topic in departments such as BB Times, WW Tournament News and Black Belt Times. Letters seemed to be more karate related and all the various conflicts surrounding tournaments. While this seems like karate was being given a lot of black eyes, one can't help but wonder if it wasn't nearly the same for pioneers such as Funokoshi, Mabuni, Miyagi and Matsumura as they hammered out similar elements some forty years back. There were some editorial changes as Norman Fogel and David Lee each assumed the role of Editor during this phase.
1967. Jan/Feb/Mar. Ninjitsu movies provide plenty of action and Ninja Spy is no exception says a Black Belt movie reviewer. Fred Bleicher discusses the philosophies of Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism. Russian sambo, depicted on the cover of the February issue, spreads to Japan and then on to the rest of the world. Ed Parker defends his IKC tournament against recent complaints about judging and other criticism. Joe Lewis disagrees saying judging is poor at the IKC. Savate, the foot fighting system from Paris, combines kicking with traditional boxing. Tom LaPuppet claims victory in a Canadian tournament. More big news comes when Hidetaka Nishiyama bars Joe Lewis from his tournament.
1967. Apr/May/June. Japanese Zen Archery (kuydo) is the subject of the April cover story. The cover is a portrait of an archer on horseback. The top ten karate fighters in America are announced and Joe Lewis is number one on the list. Los Angeles television station KCOP presents a documentary about judo and karate. In it Ed Parker (above with Elvis Presley), Chuck Norris and Tak Kubota perform the karate techniques while Hayward Nishioka and his partner demo some crisp judo moves. Readers learn about shorin-ryu karate master, Hohan Soken, known as the White Swan, and his disciple Fuse Kise. Judo is the focus of the May cover and the upcoming World Judo Championship. The June cover is a painting of Chuck Norris and Joe Lewis squaring off for battle.
1967. July/Aug/Sept. Tai Chi Chuan (grand ultimate fist) is the topic of the July cover and features, Tung Fu Ling, who says that his style is among the most widely practiced. Sean Connery aka James Bond wielding a staff in the film You Only Live Twice makes the August cover. The actor becomes the first of high profile celebrity covers. White belt karateka, Danny Stewart, dies while competing at a tournament in California. "A shot to the sternum did him in" says the medical report. Joe Lewis lands his first solo cover in the September issue. The karate fighter is shown doing a front kick. Another article offers insights into infamous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. There's good news from a letter writer who says, "referring has become more fair at tournaments."
1967. Oct/Nov/Dec. The Bruce Lee invasion begins as two images of the Little Dragon appear on the October cover. One is a picture of Lee wielding a nunchaku and the other is a silhouette of Lee portraing Kato of the Green Hornet TV series. Lee is described as a real gung fu expert. During his interview Lee says, "As far as the TV show is concerned, it's flashy [the martial arts moves] and full of showmanship. Some of the techniques are not what I practice in gung fu. For instance, I never believe in jumping and kicking. My kicks in actual gung fu are not high but low to the shin or groin." Letters cascade in after that interview begging for more Bruce Lee and gung fu.
Judo, Chuck Norris and gung fu are topics of the November cover. Bruce Lee does another amazing demo at Ed Parker's IKC while Chuck Norris battles his way to victory bringing Mike Stone's grip on the title to an end. Fumio Demura wields the sai (three pronged truncheon) on the cover of the December issue and introduces the traditional Japanese weapon to readers. Karate-man Aaron Banks hosts his "Oriental World of Martial Arts" martial arts show in the Big Apple and is a huge success.
1968. Jan/Feb/Mar. Big stories included Joe Louis training 25 women from the Playboy Club at his Sherman Oaks dojo – and Pennsylvanian George Dillman wrestling a 350 pound bear in an exhibition and getting pinned by the bear in 20 minutes. Surely Joe had the better of those two deals. Other news is LAPDs (Los Angeles Police Dept.) use of pressure points in defensive tactics. Too bad for Dillman that he had not yet become the "pressure point king". Chuck Norris continued his winning ways in the tournament circuit with a win at the 2nd Annual Tang Soo Do tournament in Washington, DC.
After Black Belt's editor position was held by a couple more journalists, in March 1968 Mitoshi Uyehara took back the position. In the future Uyehara would employ those willing and capable of doing the job on a long term basis. Jim Coleman and then Robert Young would become Black Belt's Editor In Chief.
1968. Apr/May/June. Sumo gets more ink as Hawaii's Jesse Kauhaulua, with his cauliflower ear flapping, scowls in his cover photo. Gogen Yamaguchi's reputation has kept growing as thirty three hundred martial artists endure the rain while waiting to see the goju ryu legend perform a demo at the US Goju-kai Championship in San Francisco, California. Another cover features Chuck Norris and Joe Lewis as the two are shown battling it out in tournament competition.
Rumors were swirling about the upcoming announcement that Black Belt would be sponsoring the International Convention of Martial Arts. Part of the mission was to promote the martial arts in a positive light as it proceeded into the next decade and another was to improve communication between instructors and organizations. Additionally, there would be a martial arts film screening, and for the soon to be born Black Belt Hall of Fame, a banquet was planned to honor the recipients. Was it true?
1968. July/Aug/Sept. Jujutsu expert Toichiro Takeuchi, says hitting a man when he's down an important component to that art's effectiveness. Great news comes when Mas Oyama agrees to speak at the Black Belt International Convention of Martial Arts. The July cover and its related story are about the growing number of women in the martial arts. More celebrities than ever are handing Bruce Lee $500 bucks for ten lessons of training. Burt Ward who plays Robin in the Batman TV series tries his cape on at karate and earns his purple belt. Chuck Norris is crowned champ at S. Henry Cho's All American Karate Championship in New York City. Norris, a real gentleman of karate, had this to say in a piece titled The Practical Art of Losing (not that he lost very much), he says, "When you lose, no matter what, it's better to lose to a polite and gracious winner."
1968. Oct/Nov/Dec. The biggest news yet was Black Belt's five day International Convention of The Martial Arts held in Los Angeles, California which launched the Black Belt Hall Of Fame. Inductees were Frank Fullerton, Man Of The Year; Kiro Nagano, Judo Instructor Of The Year; Tsutomu Oshima, Karate Instructor Of The Year; Koechi Tohei, Aikido Instructor Of The Year and Chuck Norris, Karate Player Of The Year. The Dojo of The Year was The Detroit Judo Club. Chuck Norris, Jhoon Rhee, Richard Kim, Hayward Nishioka and Aaron Banks offered presentations at the event.
The December cover featured kickboxing demonstrations held in Japan. Top karate players Thomas LaPuppet and Tonny Tulleners begin making names for themselves. And Joe Louis continues his rise to fame. Louis and Ron Marchini are involved in separate melees with groups of foreigners when they thought they'd been disrespected at a tournament. What a way not to end the New Year.
1969. Jan/Feb/Mar. Japanese karate expert, Tatsuo Suzuki, who made the January cover says that it's easy to down an opponent in free sparring if you know what you are doing. Bruce Lee, whose consulting in a Dean Martin film, offers some love to his karate friends by giving some of them jobs in the movie. It's good to know Bruce Lee. Other news is the launching of the Black Belt Yearbook which will honor Hall Of Fame recipients and offer a number of articles and facts about events that occurred throughout the year. Fumio Demura has another weapons cover in March and is shown choking a man with the nunchaku. Park, Mohn-suh, introduces the Korean kicking art of tae-kyon to the US for the first time.
1969. Apr/May/June. A gangly guy begins making waves in karate tournaments after beating Joe Hayes and Steve Sanders at a karate tournament in New York hosted by Aaron Banks. The fighter's name, Bill Wallace, who will become the legendary "Superfoot". A lone karate fist lands the May cover and plans were laid for the Black Belt sponsored 2nd International Conference Of Martial Arts, however this time it was to be held in New York City. Capoeira is the subject of the June cover story.
1969. July/Aug/Sept. The July cover shows a martial artists wielding the traditional Japanese weapon called the tonfa. The theme for the 2nd International Conference of Martial Arts was Bridges to Progress and was set to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan. The event which had gained lots of interest by martial artists worldwide was a huge success. Other news was Chuck Norris, Bob Wall and Mike Stone presenting the Four Seasons Karate Tournament in Torrence, California. The team who won the whole enchilada at the Four Seasons included Arnold Urquidez, Armondo Urquidez and Bill Ryusaki. Praying Mantis kung fu is the topic of the August Cover while two karate-ka are shown battling it on the September cover. Inside is mention of the loss of aikido founder, Morihei Uyeshiba, who passed away at age 86. Joe Lewis continues his rampage of winning by taking Jhoon Rhee's National Karate Championship in Washington, DC, while Bill Wallace gains more recognition on the circuit as he and his team win in Kentucky.
1969. Oct/Nov/Dec. Pat Johnson punches his way onto the October cover. Johnson, who trained with Chuck Norris, would earn the reputation as one of sport karate's most capable referees. More actors including Kirk Douglass (who would portray a boxer) are getting their training from martial artists to help them prepare for movie rolls. Karateka Louis Delgado makes the November cover. The fighter talks about being awed by Bruce Lee. The December cover shows men with the chain and sickle which are said to be tool used by Japanese farmers for self-defense. Lewis takes another title at the 1969 Grand National Karate Championship. Big news is Chuck Norris retires from competition.
Phase three: wrap-up.Black Belt Hall of Fame Member Profiles (1968-1990)
Karate tournaments were on the rise. Several unique martial arts styles had been discovered and written about. Black Belt Hall of Fame had been launched. Early martial arts pioneers had become recognized internationally and future legends were born. Black Belt Magazine was influential, authentic and bona fide, a supreme institution. No other was as influential or played a more important role for the growth and popularity of all of martial arts. Black Belt Magazine would remain the leader of the martial arts worldwide for the remainder of the 20th Century and beyond.
Matcha has got it all for a martial artist.
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Matcha has a bright green color because is grown in the shade to maintain a high concentrated amount of chlorophyll and minerals. So, when matcha is vibrant or bright green, it means the minerals and antioxidants are very high. Matcha is loaded with catechins, contains caffeine, and amino acids as well. It is great to drink for health overall, but will also, boost your energy, help you lose weight because it curbs your appetite, prevent oxidative damage, reduce inflammation, and detoxify. On another level, it reduces stress, creates higher focus, and concentration.
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The first Kosen Judo Event held by the Shoshinkan Dojo (a 501c3 corporation) this past Saturday in Las Vegas on May 1st is now history, but it's already on the way to becoming a legend. The venue was their new larger dojo. Approximately 130 competitors from clubs throughout the area attended.
The Opening Ceremonies
Marcus Martin sang the National Anthem. Me with David O'Donnell & Jerome Jeannest of Shoshinkan.
How did David O'Donnell come up with the idea? Dave has lived in Japan for a short while as a teen where he worked on his Judo, Aikido and Karate journey. Embracing the culture and a Wonderful Country that is embracing various martial arts, understanding that one art completes another. Martial Arts doesn't divide, it unites. What happens here is that politics, special interests and a thirst for glory is overshadowing the beauty of martial arts.
Unity was the spirit of the Kosen Judo Tournament that took place last Saturday, friendship, love of the arts and rejoice from being kept away from full-contact sports for over a Year of hardship all around the World. I remember Dave speaking to me after returning from the Judo Winter Nationals®, about the fact that coaches and some referees were nostalgic of the original rules of Judo, resembling more of Kosen-Judo than what is Judo now. Inspired to bring back newaza focus into Judo.
Our takeaways from the event:
- Lots of happy faces
- Lots of amazing Kosen-Judo techniques
- Great sportsmanship from most contestants
- Some true leadership from certain coaches
- Some frustrations from coaches and referees
- Some bruises, some physically and to some egos, mostly the latter
No one is truly at fault, really. We could point out that the rules were clearly explained from the get-go, that categories, timing, genders matches were all clearly stated, emailed and posted on the website. We could place blame on some coaches for not understanding that it was not a judo tournament but a true Kosen-Judo tournament. We could have been condescending and re-explain not only the theme of the tournament but also the history of Judo and the true spirit of Kano Sensei but we chose not to. Instead we chose the path of understanding the frustration of some coaches that have accustomed to only bring gold home, to crush their opponents and not to enjoy being challenged.
Change is difficult and it is sometimes painful to realize that this tournament is meant to challenge one's ability to face a new facet of the sport. Truth be told, only one coach seemed to not understand where he was and that he was attending a Kosen-Judo tournament. Everyone else had grasped the concept and rolled with the "punches" (no pun intended) of trying something new to them. I was amazed by the courtesy of Steve, Leandro, Denise, Ilene and Anthony. Not just coaches but sensei in its true meaning.
The marriage between Judo and BJJ is not a tough one when you are open-minded, not insecure and willing to push yourself to new horizons. And also familiar with the history of these two fine martial arts originating from Kosen Judo. We learned that we need a Kosen Judo referees program, if it was hard to grasp for coaches, imagine how difficult it was for our referees. We need the coaches to actually attend the coaches meeting required prior to the event. Some of the frustration of some coaches came from not attending such meetings.
I think the most eyes opening moment for me was to observe a coach not caring for his students feelings, not appreciating that the kids were having fun, not seeing the contestants hugging each other after the fight, complimenting each other, coming to see me and Dave privately so that their angry coach would not see them thanking us for so much fun and congratulating Dave on his excellent teaching technique for having brought true opponents to them.
One of the participants, multiple time champion in BJJ, also won in our tournament, telling us that, while he won, he had never been challenged that much before. Another kid said to another, that he had been training all his life and yet had never been challenged that much and it felt so good to not win again.
At the end of the day, listen to your students, watch how much fun they have, watch how much more they progress when they learn something new. Worry less about building up a trophy cabinet full of easy-handed victories and more on teaching martial arts, opening up to new techniques, legendary techniques that were tucked away to sensationalize our sports and mitigate chances of worthy opponents.
Kosen Judo is not new, it's been there for centuries but it seems that, on May 1st, 2021, it was re-discovered by some and certainly re-introduced at Shoshinkan Las Vegas and we are very proud of that. We can't wait for our 2022 tournament. We are so excited about it; we won't even wait another 12 months for it, announcing our 2022 Kosen Judo Tournament to take place in March. The outpouring of compliments and inquiries (example below) are telling us we are heading in the right direction, already looking at larger locations to host, developing a Kosen Judo referees program and more to come.
You are both so gracious and welcoming. My team had a great time and enjoyed the tournament. This event made them even closer as a team and will make them more determined to train harder. We hope to develop more champions for next year and eventually go to the nationals in the near future. Thank you for including us in this event. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Mahalo and Aloha
Thank you for your warm words and compliments. I appreciate your making us a part of your event and making us feel at home in your amazing new gym. I love your vision for the tournament and I feel that you and Dave have done an amazing job with it.
The refereeing on the other hand was puzzling to me at best. I feel that the gentlemen who came in agreed to one ruleset but then went off the cuff and enforced an entirely different ruleset, one that we didn't understand. I really appreciate your response to the whole thing, both you and Dave, and your willingness to rectify it in future events. I love your idea and I see a future where your tournament helps not only bring together martial artists of all styles, but also helps make everyone better. I'm really looking forward to working with you and your team again. You guys are all gentlemen and true martial artists.
It was great to work with Jerome and Dave once again and be a part of their amazing concept. When I was initially approached by them, Dave brought me his vision of creating a tournament that would allow all the grappling arts to showcase their abilities and share their styles with one another. Immediately, I loved the idea and jumped at the chance to enter into this type of event. Any chance we get to gain some competition experience is always welcome, but competing in a different ruleset against martial artists of different styles brought with it a whole new element of intrigue and excitement for myself and my students.
Steve Ficca (in coach chair) of Odin's Halls Brazilian Jiu Jitsu And Fitness
The first event we did together went off without a hitch. While we were still getting used to the rules, the scoring, and the refs communicating with us in Japanese, we were welcomed with open arms and had a great time learning about what Kosen is, and what our strengths and weaknesses are when facing off against other martial arts styles. Since that day, we have begun studying the rules a bit more, learning the ins and outs of Kosen Judo, which as I understand it, is a ruleset much closer to the original Judo invented by Jigoro Kano than the Olympic style we see today.
This past Saturday's event, however, went quite differently, and some controversy arose regarding the rules. As complete rookies to the Kosen style of competition, we studied the rules given to us in the USJA rule sheet, as well as told to us in the rules meeting the night before. Rules such as leg grabbing take downs and guard pulling being permitted helped our players feel more comfortable when entering the event, while the rule that "competitors will only be stood up if both are entangled in some form of guard with neither one attempting to improve their position" assured us that as long as we work at an active pace, we would be allowed to work the techniques we specialize in on the ground.
Unfortunately, there were certain officials who either did not respect or did not understand these rules, frequently standing up and resetting our players not only during the application of techniques like juji gatame, sankaku-jime, and shime waza, but also after these techniques had been completed and our opponent had submit. In one such instance, the referee actually asked another official what a sankaku-jime (triangle choke) was, and the referee informed him of not only what it was but also its legality, forcing the same child to be strangled to submission for the third time in the same match.
These oversights led to a convoluted event, with many of the coaches, participants, and officials losing their temper on one another rather than celebrating the beauty of what could have been a great event. In my experience, great martial artists and great people will always come together to share the beauty of their art and culture with one another. In order for that to happen, all of us as martial artists have to be willing to adapt, change, and grow not only to further our respective sports, but the art of grappling as a whole. I feel that as time goes on, we should look to see more and more of these events, hopefully under a unified rule system where all of us can showcase our art and share our ideas with one another.
In my academy, we believe and practice under the idea that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu without throws, and Judo without Ne-Waza are just two incomplete pieces to a beautiful puzzle, and in a perfect world a practitioner should familiarize themselves with the strengths and weaknesses of both styles in order to make for a more rounded, more efficient grappler. In the future, we look forward to being able to enter more of these events, not as rivals but as friends with the practitioners of other martial arts in hopes to grow the future of what can and should be a mainstream sport.
Jerome Jeannest, Mario Garcia, Gary Goltz, & Leandro Lorenco of Milestone Martial Arts
I want to apologize to everyone in the team, students and parents for asking you to compete in a tournament like the one today.
Girls fighting boys, uneven weight division and rules favoring BJJ .
This was not a Judo tournament and was not fair, taking away the beauty of Ippon and rewarding defensive posture and no attack is not what Judo is. This is not even close to old rules Judo, this is an UGLY BJJ tournament. I had students competing in better BJJ tournaments and we are not a BJJ school.
I did not expect it this and I am sorry.
This was ugly I but you were beautiful, you fought like samurai warriors and made me proud.
Our final results were:
- Kaliya Klise
- Kezra Mc Kenzie
- Vaughn Geisendorf
- Rizgod Alvarez
- Jayla Klise
- William Thomas
- Miguel Alvarez
Did not place but made our team proud:
- Roman Klise
- Alvaro Lewis
- Danial Bridges
This was a tournament catering BJJ people in our city, I doesn't do anything for Judo. We need to grow Judo, bring people to Judo, not promote bad Judo.
Kosen Judo needs some rules changes.
I apologize and I hope you'll compete in the next REAL JUDO tournament.
Thanks to my assistant coaches – Miquel Leon, Luis Arregoitia, Sergio Sanchez, Jr. and Chris Miguel for being there with me.
Gary Goltz with good friend (to his right) Sergio Sanchez of Ryoku Judo.
To Sergio Sanchez of Ryoku.
I propose a rematch. All the same teams, all the same competitors. We will happily keep our 13 and 14 year old girls in the 15-16 year old boy divisions if it pleases you, and we will either double our performance and take home a minimum of 18 golds in 24 divisions, or I will personally hand the head coach of each club $1,000 in cash.
Our stipulations: a TRUE grappling tournament, not a throwing contest.
Sub only. Gi or nogi, your choice. You can choose the time limits too. We will host the event, or we can host it in a venue of your choosing. We don't care .
Is that the same event about which Gary Goltz posted yesterday? Two posts, two atmospheres. Is all that tension and (alleged) lack of organization common in US tournaments?
We have much to learn in this new venture and I urge everyone to keep an open mind. My approach towards referring was to let the players go unless they went got out of bounds or engaged in a prolonged stalemate.
This is terrible, I trained Kosen Judo in Montreal a few years ago and the Japanese senseis were super open minded so I don´t get why so many non-Asian guys get so cultish about it. Judo is judo and all styles can coexist.
This has been the problem with U.S. Judo, they can be very closed minded. Events like this one are needed to stir change. Yes, Judo is Judo, Kano kept an open mind!!
Yeah but there are good guys in the US, thing is marketing wise, they maybe don´t know how to promote their work more.
Correct, I've often said in American Judo we tend to step on ourselves! Gene LeBell got banned for turning into a pro wrestler back in the early 60's!
Sadly, some very good grapplers are very ignorant about the art, I know the level in wrestling and BJJ in the US it´s outstanding but some guys are way too ignorant and closed minded.
Tournament was well organized and went smoothly with no serious injuries. Kosen Judo is a new movement in the U.S. Judo and naturally still evolving.
More to come!
Looking forward to seeing many of my friends there!
- Kosen Judo Rules as of 2019 - Black Belt Magazine ›
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The phrase "procedural misstep" was the final word on what caused Eddie Alvarez's loss in his One Championship fight with Iuri Lapicus.
The acknowledgment of this by an independent panel is what gave way to the overturning of Alvarez's loss to a No-contest. The word "appeal" in these contexts has nearly lost all meaning in MMA as a whole. It is extremely rare to have a fighter go through that process – a potentially costly one at that – to get the governing bodies of the particular fight in question to revisit an in-cage decision and/or subsequently to change it. It is challenging without doing significant research to find any times it was a successful endeavor.
There were as often is the case some MMA contrarians in this situation with Lapicus/Alvarez who believed the call was correct. Biases can seem to rule at times like this. Times when a call or official's decision in the course of a fight is questionable or outright bad and some will still agree with it. For the most part, however, it was panned as a bad call by referee Justin Brown. Or at best, very questionable. Whether or not the blows Eddie was landing were illegal, there should have been more of a warning or at least an escalation of warnings. It may be that even a point-deduction had this been under the unified rules would have been too extreme a call.
Whether or not there are folks who think contrary as a matter of course, it seems the leadership and decision-makers at One saw what nearly everyone else did. Most importantly, they did something about what they saw. Though Alvarez lost in his immediate turnaround fight and chance at internal redemption just weeks later with Ok Rae Yoon, there is indeed solace. For Eddie and the whole roster, the panel that One used to arbitrate this took a legitimate appeal seriously. Something many think MMA could use more of.
In MMA in general, when it is said by a fighter or their team that they plan on appealing to the powers-that-be, there is little to no expectation of a change. It is noteworthy that One Championship seems to have done the right thing here by its athlete and possible the sport as a whole.