It's understandable that time and informality inhibit Matt's ability to cover much of anything but generalizations; suitable, surely, for a general audience. But I...can't...RESIST!
Similar to Matt, I share an aversion to the word "spirituality"; the noun has no less than nine definitions last I checked. What's more, the subjectivity that accompanies the word, nay, the topic of spirituality in general, is enough to leave me gasping for air. Atheism is no such thing. Atheism is simply a negative response to the question of belief in a deity or deities. There is, absolutely, no solidarity thereafter. For example, there are Buddhists that consider themselves atheists. Francis Collins, an invaluable contributor to the Human Genome Project, is an Evangelical Christian. My skepticism, and I suspect Matt's skepticism, has lead to atheism. It's a crucial distinction.Quote:
Originally Posted by Matt Thorton (video)
Sumo has been the pastime of Japanese well before any schools emerged, and to this day it's as alive as anything. There were combative grappling arts of Japan that also trained in aliveness. Meiji era grapplers went Dojo busting and many, including Kano's own Tenjin Shin'yo Ryu and Kito Ryu, practised with freestyle training. If Kano simply developed a powerful style that incorporated randori, it would have only added to the fray. Kano's real success was in unifying the old schools under one umbrella, providing a neutral medium upon which anyone could compete, and distilling weaponless grappling into a safer, sophisticated combat sport. Naturally, the best way to get good at Judo is to train in Judo. Thus, in between social stigma and WWII, hundreds of old schools disappeared. Others gradually turned into Judo or relegated pressure-testing to Judo. Very, very few kept on with or eventually reinstated resistive elements.Quote:
Kano's great innovation, as I understand it, to the martial arts was to take Jujutsu (it was all called Jujutsu back then, it was all one lump sum, lump term) and let's train [unintelligible], against resisting opponents, and he created guys who were very good, and they put out a challenge a lot like the Gracies did, and they beat everybody.
Additionally, it was never all "Jujutsu". It's one thing to say "Jujutsu" or "Judo" and mean "grappling" in general, but Matt does not give one the benefit of the doubt here. In reality, the multitude of names for the grappling arts are distinct if not by apparent meaning then by interpretation inherent to the school itself (e.g. torite is literally taking someone's hand; capturing a hostage, for instance. Kogusoku is associated with armoured grappling in Yagyu Shingan Ryu, yet the term deliniates the dagger and associated grappling in Takenouchi Ryu). In fact, so much did the old schools bitterly resent such sentiments that the Dai Nippon Butokukai, the pre-war nationwide body for martial arts, actually classified them as Aikido to try and avoid controversy!
Obviously, Matt Thorton is an authority with a message people need to hear. For that, I think we can forgive the odd error. They're still errors, though. I hope they don't persist.