Human Weapon (2007): S01E05 – Judo: Samurai Legacy


Introduction

Human Weapon is a television show on The History Channel that premiered on 20 July 2007.

The hosts, Jason Chambers and Bill Duff, travelled across the world studying the unique martial arts, or styles of fighting, that have origins in the region.

Outline

Our hosts, Jason Chambers and Bill Duff, are in Japan to explore the techniques and history of Japan’s national art of hand-to-hand combat.

Judo (柔道, jūdō, lit. “gentle way”) is generally categorised as a modern Japanese martial art, which has since evolved into an Olympic and Paralympic event. The sport was created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎) as a physical, mental, and moral pedagogy in Japan. With its origins coming from jujutsu, judo’s most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or take down the opponent to the ground, immobilise or otherwise subdue the opponent with a pin, or force the opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defences are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata, 形) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori, 乱取り). It was also referred to as Kanō Jiu-Jitsu until the introduction to the Olympic event. A judo practitioner is called a “judoka”, and the judo uniform is called “judogi”.

The philosophy and subsequent pedagogy developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from koryū (古流, traditional schools). Judo also spawned a number of derivative martial arts across the world, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Krav Maga, Sambo and ARB. Judo also influenced other combat styles such as close-quarters combat (CQC), mixed martial arts (MMA), shoot wrestling and submission wrestling.

Human Weapon Series

You can find a full index and overview of Human Weapon here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 17 August 2007.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-14.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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