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    Meiji restoration and martial arts

    Hey, was wondering if anyone knew of some good information on the effects of the Meiji restoration on the martial arts as they were practiced in Japan?

    I'm doing a report for an Asian Civilization class, and that was the subject I chose to do it on. (First thought that came to my mind...)

    Anything to look into for information would be much appreciated.

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    Is this an undergrad level report?

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    Nah, just the report i'm doing at the end of semester for the class.

    Figured i'd ask the people who know, and this forum usually seems to locate some good, and acurate, information.

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    Here are a couple of links to get you started on one of the main stories.

    http://www.bstkd.com/JudoHistory/HistoryTwo.htm
    http://www.judoinfo.com/history.htm
    http://www.judoinfo.com/jhist4.htm

    An interesting paper might be to compare the ways that Judo, Kendo, and a couple of the Koryu arts each adapted and changed through the period.

    Then do an extra thorough job and post a link here once you are done.

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    If its an informal report Donn Draeger's Modern Budo and Bujutsu is a good starting place.

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    MA History discussion now falls under the umbrella of MABS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gosai
    Hey, was wondering if anyone knew of some good information on the effects of the Meiji restoration on the martial arts as they were practiced in Japan?

    I'm doing a report for an Asian Civilization class, and that was the subject I chose to do it on. (First thought that came to my mind...)

    Anything to look into for information would be much appreciated.
    A couple of places to search around would do you well. Draeger is a great source, also a history of Japan would be good to get a sense of what things were happening generally in socieity. Among those things you would find are that Samurai had to find a place in society and they brought their skills with them in this diaspora. So many martial arts were brought to bear in Buddhist temples for example where ideas related to perfection of the self replaced the utility of tricks on the battlefield.

    To this day Zen is where it is in Japanese society because the Samurai were perfect adepts with their understanding of an impermanent self (a social self that lives to serve) and wth their views on death, which was not feared.

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    Hiten Mitsurugi style.

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    That sums up my knowledge of japanese history.

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