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joecos
6/24/2008 8:51am,
From Telegraph.co.uk

Italian soldiers floored by 77-year-old Japanese woman

By Nick Allen
Last Updated: 7:42PM BST 23/06/2008
Italian soldiers are facing the embarrassment of being beaten up daily by a 77-year-old Japanese grandmother.


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Keiko Wakabayshi, nicknamed the "Samurai Granny" effortlesssly neutralises an opponent


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Keiko Wakabayshi is currently training the soldiers of the Folgore brigade, at the Livorno barracks


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Miss Wakabayshi trained for many years and believes she can carry on defeating brawny soldiers for years to come




Martial arts expert Keiko Wakabayshi, nicknamed the "Samurai Granny", has been hired by the country's military to train recruits in hand-to-hand combat.
Miss Wakabayshi, who stands exactly 5ft tall, looks tiny compared to her charges who are mostly over 6ft.
But the pensioner is a trained master in an array of martial arts disciplines including jujitsu, jojitso, kenjitso, judo, kendo and karate.

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She wipes the floor with soldiers of the Folgore brigade at their barracks in Livorno on a daily basis.
Miss Wakabayshi was born in Japan but now lives in Northern Italy.
She tells her students to look at her and believe that nothing is impossible.
After flooring an opponent she tells them: "Don't think it's unbelievable. The physique doesn't matter."
Sparring is regarded as the most effective method of teaching martial arts and senior Italian military officers hope the experience of being humiliated by Miss Wakabayshi will toughen up their soldiers.
Miss Wakabayshi trained for many years to achieve her level of expertise and believes she can carry on defeating brawny soldiers for years to come.
The term martial arts is synonymous with the Far East, but actually derives from Mars, the Roman god of war and literally means the "arts of war".

socratic
6/24/2008 9:02am,
You realise that article spelled jujitsu twice, right? Jujitsu and Jojitso? Even though the latter is wrong. Isn't Kenjitsu the same thing as Kendo, as well?

To me it looks like Aikido granny 'beating' people in a compliant 'attack' or something. I'd be very surprised if they went all out and she somehow got armlocks onto them.

Snake Plissken
6/24/2008 9:04am,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00681/keiko-wakabayshi-40_681353c.jpg


Dave?

socratic
6/24/2008 9:05am,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00681/keiko-wakabayshi-40_681353c.jpg


Dave?

Soldier: OH CHRIST! NOT THE STICK! DON'T POKE ME WITH THE STICK!

RaiNnyX4
6/24/2008 9:08am,
You realise that article spelled jujitsu twice, right? Jujitsu and Jojitso? Even though the latter is wrong. Isn't Kenjitsu the same thing as Kendo, as well?

To me it looks like Aikido granny 'beating' people in a compliant 'attack' or something. I'd be very surprised if they went all out and she somehow got armlocks onto them.

No. Jujutsu is the gentle art while Jojutsu would be the art of the staff (jo). Kenjutsu and Kendo are related but different. Kendo is the sporting art with bamboo swords (shinai) and Kenjutsu is the old samurai sword techniques.

Typically, "jutsu" refers to martial arts created before the Meiji Restoration and "do" arts were created after. The training methodology and mindset for the two are often highly different.

Asriel
6/24/2008 9:09am,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00681/keiko-wakabayshi-40_681353c.jpg


"Jesus fucking christ you psycho


Bitch! I only asked for the time!"

Snake Plissken
6/24/2008 9:11am,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00681/keiko-wakabayshi-40_681353c.jpg

"Yes, you are a douchebag and this is for all those shitty 'Cantonese Take-Away' and 'AND THEEEENNNNN???' jokes you tosser!"

Evil Solvalou
6/24/2008 9:14am,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00681/keiko-wakabayshi-40_681353c.jpg


Soldier third from the left with hand on chin:"Oh, so that's how you wack an unarmed man in the neck with a stick."

So how long before they're issued with camouflage magic pants?

socratic
6/24/2008 9:15am,
No. Jujutsu is the gentle art while Jojutsu would be the art of the staff (jo). Kenjutsu and Kendo are related but different. Kendo is the sporting art with bamboo swords (shinai) and Kenjutsu is the old samurai sword techniques.

Typically, "jutsu" refers to martial arts created before the Meiji Restoration and "do" arts were created after. The training methodology and mindset for the two are often highly different.

So what the **** is jojutso? How about Kenjitso?

socratic
6/24/2008 9:16am,
So basically Grammy here is trained in antiquated crap and beats up army dudes mysteriously?

Go figure.

RaiNnyX4
6/24/2008 9:23am,
So what the **** is jojutso? How about Kenjitso?

Bad spelling.

Kind of like how people are always writing jiu-jitsu (though this has become the accepted spelling for BJJ). It should really be written jujutsu.

DCS
6/24/2008 9:27am,
Dave?

Pushups, pushups, pushups and MOAR PUSHUPS!!11ONEONEONE


So basically Grammy here is trained in antiquated crap and beats up ITALIAN army dudes mysteriously?
Edited for context.

Truculent Sheep
6/24/2008 9:27am,
My thoughts:

a. Is there any video footage of this so we can see how compliant it is?
b. Does anyone have reliable info on her lineage?
c. What does the training actually involve? Or is it just a mental toughening exercise?

TheEdge883
6/24/2008 9:27am,
A 77 year old grandma, going against a bunch of trained soldiers and coming out ahead.

Good for her.

HonkyTonkMan
6/24/2008 9:32am,
Its the ITALIAN army people. The ITALIAN army.

It isnt like she is at Parris Isalnd kickin' ass.


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vigilus
6/24/2008 9:35am,
Its the ITALIAN army people. The ITALIAN army.

It isnt like she is at Parris Isalnd kickin' ass.


Never worked with their Riot police overseas? Carabarnai or something like that. Just evil.