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Kitō-ryū jūjutsu and the desolation of Kōdōkan jūdō’s Koshiki-no-kata : remembering Inoue Shōji (1927-2018)

Carl De Crée (UGent)
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Inoue Shōji (1927-2018) was born in Tokushima prefecture, Japan. As a youngster he took up jūdō. Later, he studied Kitō-ryū jūjutsu for some time with Odaka Shigeru. During his professional career as a prison guard he followed up on an offer to become a jūdō therapist. In a dōjō in the Yamashina-ku ward in Kyōto he taught both jūdō and a limited catalogue of Kitō-ryū that included exercises that were adopted into Kōdōkan jūdō under the name koshiki-no-kata [The Antique Forms]. With Kōdōkan jūdō continuing to deteriorate into an ordinary sport and losing its core values and purpose, Inoue increasingly appreciated the traditional martial arts values preserved in Kitō-ryū jūjutsu. His enthusiasm was reflected in beginning to give public demonstrations at various events in Japan and becoming a representative of Kitō-ryū in the Nihon Kobudō Kyōkai. Inoue’s supreme moment of glory likely was his public demonstration in 2013 at the occasion of the Fifth International Judo Federation (IJF) World Kata Judo Championships held in Kyōto. It was this performance that introduced him to the international jūdō community and brought him certain fame. For most foreign jūdōka this was their first contact with Kitō-ryū. Irrespective of the quality of Inoue’s display, his approach offered a counterweight against the Kōdōkan’s historic reinvention and the IJF sports kata caricature. Several video clips publicly available on YouTube remain as a lasting memory of his art. Inoue Shōji held the rank of Kōdōkan 8th dan, and peacefully died in Kyōto on October 30th, 2018.
Inoue Shōji (1927-2018) nació en la prefectura de Tokushima, Japón. Practicó jūdō en su juventud. Más tarde, estudió el jūjutsu de la Kitō-ryū durante un tiempo con Odaka Shigeru. Durante su trayectoria profesional como guarda de prisiones, aceptó una oferta para convertirse en terapeuta de jūdō. Enseñó jūdō y un repertorio limitado de la Kitō-ryū, incluyendo ejercicios que fueron adoptados por el jūdō Kōdōkan con el nombre de koshiki-no-kata [Las Formas Antiguas], en un dōjō del distrito de Yamashina-ku, en Kyōto. Con el jūdō Kōdōkan en continuo deterioro hacia un deporte normal, y perdiendo su propósito y valores fundamentales, Inoue valoró cada vez más los valores de las artes marciales tradicionales preservados en el jūjutsu de la Kitō-ryū. Su entusiasmo se reflejó al comenzar a realizar demostraciones públicas en diversos eventos en Japón y al convertirse en representante de la Kitō-ryū en el Nihon Kobudō Kyōkai. Probablemente, el momento máximo de gloria de Inoue fue su demostración pública en 2013 con motivo del Fifth International Judo Federation (IJF) World Kata Judo Championships, celebrado en Kyōto. Fue esta presentación la que lo presentó a la comunidad internacional del jūdō y le dio cierta fama. Para la mayoría de los jūdōkas extranjeros, este fue su primer contacto con la Kitō-ryū. Independientemente de la calidad de la demostración de Inoue, su perspectiva mostró un contrapeso frente a la reinvención histórica del Kōdōkan y la caricatura de la kata deportiva de la IJF. Varios videoclips, disponibles en abierto en YouTube, son el recuerdo de su arte. Inoue Shōji tenía el rango de 8º dan del Kōdōkan, y murió pacíficamente en Kyōto el 30 de octubre de 2018.
Inoue Shoji (1927-2018) nasceu na prefeitura de Tokushima, no Japão. Praticou jūdō na sua juventude. Mais tarde, estudou o jūjutsu da Kitō-ryū com Odaka Shigeru. Durante sua carreira profissional como guarda prisional, aceitou uma proposta para se reconverter em terapeuta de jūdō. Ensinou jūdō e um repertório limitado da Kitō-ryū, incluindo exercícios que foram adotados pelo jūdō Kōdōkan com o nome de koshiki-no-kata [As Formas Antigas], num dojo do distrito de Yamashina-ku, em Quioto. Com o jūdō Kōdōkan continuando a se deteriorar em um esporte comum e perdendo seus valores fundamentais e propósito, Inoue valorizou, cada vez mais, os valores das artes marciais tradicionais preservados no jūjutsu da Kitō-ryū. O seu entusiasmo refletiu-se ao começar a realizar demonstrações públicas em diversos eventos no Japão e ao ser representante da Kitō-ryū na Nihon Kobudō Kyōkai. O momento supremo de glória de Inoue provavelmente foi sua demonstração pública em 2013, no Fifth International Jūdō Federation (IJF), World Kata Jūdō Championships, celebrado em Quioto. Foi esta demonstração que o apresentou à comunidade internacional do jūdō e lhe deu uma certa fama. Para a maioria dos jūdōkas estrangeiros, este foi o seu primeiro contacto com a Kitō-ryū. Independentemente da qualidade da demonstração de Inoue, a sua abordagem ofereceu um contrapeso contra a reinvenção histórica do Kōdōkan e a caricatura da kata desportiva da IJF. Vários vídeos, disponíveis no Youtube, são uma recordação da sua arte. Inoue Shoji tinha a graduação de 8° dan do Kōdōkan, e morreu pacificamente em Quioto, em 30 de outubro de 2018.
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Budo, Japan, Jigoro Kano, judo, jujutsu, kata, Kito-ryu, Kodokan, koryu, martial arts

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De Crée, Carl. “Kitō-ryū Jūjutsu and the Desolation of Kōdōkan Jūdō’s Koshiki-no-kata : Remembering Inoue Shōji (1927-2018).” REVISTA DE ARTES MARCIALES ASIÁTICAS 13.2 (2018): 155–171. Print.
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De Crée, C. (2018). Kitō-ryū jūjutsu and the desolation of Kōdōkan jūdō’s Koshiki-no-kata : remembering Inoue Shōji (1927-2018). REVISTA DE ARTES MARCIALES ASIÁTICAS, 13(2), 155–171.
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De Crée, Carl. 2018. “Kitō-ryū Jūjutsu and the Desolation of Kōdōkan Jūdō’s Koshiki-no-kata : Remembering Inoue Shōji (1927-2018).” Revista De Artes Marciales Asiáticas 13 (2): 155–171.
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De Crée, Carl. 2018. “Kitō-ryū Jūjutsu and the Desolation of Kōdōkan Jūdō’s Koshiki-no-kata : Remembering Inoue Shōji (1927-2018).” Revista De Artes Marciales Asiáticas 13 (2): 155–171.
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De Crée C. Kitō-ryū jūjutsu and the desolation of Kōdōkan jūdō’s Koshiki-no-kata : remembering Inoue Shōji (1927-2018). REVISTA DE ARTES MARCIALES ASIÁTICAS. Léon: Universidad de Léon; 2018;13(2):155–71.
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C. De Crée, “Kitō-ryū jūjutsu and the desolation of Kōdōkan jūdō’s Koshiki-no-kata : remembering Inoue Shōji (1927-2018),” REVISTA DE ARTES MARCIALES ASIÁTICAS, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 155–171, 2018.
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