Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Shiro Saigo and Yama Arashi

Shiro Saigo was an early follower of Jigoro Kano, soon after he founded the Kodokan. Many competitions were held between the Kodokan and older, established schools of Jujutsu. Saigo's victories was partly responsible for the ensuing popularity of Judo as a result.

He is said to have invented the "unstoppable" Yama Arashi throw. 

Akira Kurosawa based the film Sanshiro Sugata on the life and career of Saigo. 

Below is a short documentary on Saigo.

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