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    I was re-reading this article today after one of my many perusal's of Mitose's first book.

    In it, he compares Kempo to Judo:

    3. Mainly by the methods of thrusting, striking, kicking, grabbing and fending, a person uses the atemi, shime and gyaku (breaking of any joint) of judo and decides the issue in a twinkling
    When reading that and the Koizumi essay written around the same period it brings to mind a different picture of Judo and Kempo.
    Old school Judo sounds like it was a lot less worried about the rules of engagement and more about getting the job done.....once you get past a certain level of training that is.
    Judo atemi is usually taught only to experienced students......probably because it is (a) dangerous and (b) requires more than just a good working knowledge of shintai,tai-sabaki and kuzushi.

    We all know (or a lot of us do) that Judo is derived from various schools of Jujutsu.
    Most of the time when we think of Jujutsu the word grappling comes to mind......not atemi.
    Atemi is translated to "striking the body", but it usually represents a strike to a vital point.
    Why the distinction?
    A strike to a vital point (atemi) accomplishes more than just a hit (ate) to the body.
    The way Mitose describes the striking in kempo is more akin to the striking in Judo rather than karate.

    Koizumi states:
    Atemi-waza depends on correct timing, bodily action and the sharpness of action with which the blow is delivered.
    In order to achieve velocity, blows should be delivered with a sharp "recoiling" action and muscular contraction
    How is that different from Karate?
    Usually in karate practice you see an exchange between tori and uke.
    uke attacks, tori blocks and counter-attacks.

    The way Mitose describes atemi in kempo:
    Kenpo art is similar to judo atemi, but the art and philosophy is different. How to maneuver and have your opponent place himself into a position to be attacked is taught by Kenpo.
    Here is why (in my opinion only) Kosho Ryu Kempo and Judo (or jujutsu if you like) are more closely related than are Mitose's kempo to karate:
    In Judo or jujutsu practice, the aim of combat is to quickly dispatch your foe with very little expenditure of energy.
    When Throws are executed effortlessly in Judo or Jujutsu, tori has put uke into a "weightless" state by using combination shintai, tai sabaki and kuzushi.
    The final blow is usually delivered once the person is on the ground.

    By Mitose's definition shintai, tai sabaki and kuzushi are used to set up the opponent for atemi while in motion, which is gaining victory through pliancy.

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