Japanese JuJitsu School

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c. 1920

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    1. This looks more like a Judo class. But at the time when this was taken, they were still calling Judo Jujitsu, or sometimes Kano’s Jujitsu. Also, Judo was the first style to adopt the Gi, and other styles such as Karate followed later, which makes me think this may be a Judo class.

      Still, it’s a cool picture. Kudos, Puulaahi.


      • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jujutsu

        Throws aren’t just done in Judo and Jujitsu isn’t solely focused on joint locks.

        And Gi’s were originally battlefield underclothing. Correct? I didn’t know that about the origin of them in martial though. Cool.


        • “Throws aren’t just done in Judo and Jujitsu isn’t solely focused on joint locks.”

          I know that. In fact the techniques in Judo have their roots in older Jujitsu styles.

          In fact, during this time period there wasn’t much separation between Judo and Jujitsu, style wise. A lot of schools taught their flavor of Jujitsu alongside Kano’s “newer” stuff.

          I parenthesize “newer” because it wasn’t really new. He primarily took techniques and training methods from older styles.

          And yes, Kano’s schools were the first to use the Gi as a a uniform.


        • Oh yeah, I forgot to add this about the Gi.

          Before being a martial arts uniform, it was basically simple clothing. It was often worn under more formal clothing, including military clothing.

          It was equivalent to shorts or some other non-formal clothing. People would often just were a Gi when doing labor so they wouldn’t get their better clothes dirty.

          In some areas poorer Japanese were buried in a gi.


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