Friday, October 05, 2007

Goshin Jitsu

The third of the Kodokan judo kata set, Goshin Jitsu (The Forms of Self-Defense) is the Kodokan's modern self defense kata. Invented in the 1950's by a committee headed by Tomiki, it bears a striking resemblance to Tomiki aikido, including the Tomiki kata, Koryu Daisan (also known as Goshin no kata).


  1. Hey Patrick, do you think you might be able to highlight the differences between the way this kata is practiced in Judo and Tomiki Aikido?

    I'm a novice Judoka and have yet to learn any of the kata, but the Goshin Jutsu interests me the most.

  2. So that was interesting. A lot of the moves that I saw were what I'd call "Aikido". I wouldn't even have thought this was Judo! I guess all things come together in the end.

  3. Kurt, I'll love to post on that - just give me a day or two to come up with something worth reading.

    PF - right on! these things all become about the same thing as you approach the end of hte official 'student ranks.' Somewhere around sandan.

  4. Its great to see Judo practised in this way. A lot of judo schools concentrate a lot on competition and neglet the self defence techniques which Kano added in his syllubus. Great post


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