“School judo deaths prompt protest in Japan,” from theage.com.au

“The government’s bid to make the martial art compulsory in schools has alarmed parents.

RESEARCH showing that an average of four children die each year during judo lessons in Japan has alarmed some parents as the country prepares to introduce martial arts as a compulsory school sport.”

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  1. Brandon Clapp says:

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  2. bruce baker says:

    What is the risk factor is often the analysis for avoiding something.

    Say 1 million people caught the flu and 10 people died from complications of the flu, should we isolate all people who catch the flu from people who don’t catch the flu?

    How many people die while riding the train? Should we have people stop riding the train? Yeah, I know it sounds silly, but then the way some people think is silly.

    Part of the problem with compulsory programs is that there will be people at risk and some people will get hurt. If there are careless of reckless people doing careless or reckless things .. some people might die.

    Life is a risk, and when compulsory measures are recklessly put into place .. some people will get hurt and some people might die. The question is .. WHERE IS THE COMMON SENSE!

    Somewhere between the NANNY-STATE protecting us from all our boo-boos and the Over-lord-State telling us what to do .. we have to find the common sense somewhere in the middle.

  3. perhaps the real world we live in can be summed up by the fraction NH/SH. We all strive to do No Harm to each other as well as ourselves. Reality is, that we attempt to do so in an ever controlling environment of Shit Happens.

    Deal with it. This is the Way of the Warrior.

    Happy training!

  4. Rob Watson says:

    Baseball is pretty big in Japan. How about death and injury in that sport causing some consternation?


  5. well, judo falls are MUCH less fun than aikido falls. …and aikidoka die too, though usually from combinations of unsupervised training & alcohol, as i understand it.

    for that matter, as Takahashi sensei notes, SH. kids die and are injured on bicycles, crossing streets, sports (football, wrestling, even baseball!) we really live in a low risk society. when quotidian death was more common, say 100 years ago, we had a different “take” on it. religion was a more sincere response.

  6. There is a difference between judo club activity and judo taught as a required subject in Japanese school systems.

    Judo clubs train every day for two hours. Once you join the club, you aren’t allowed to quit. Competition between schools is fierce. It’s all about winning and building character. Whichever comes first depends on the coach.

    Judo as a required subject is a regular PE course given once or twice a week. It has nothing to do with the intensity of the club training.

    It’s about time that the Japanese government wakes up and preserves its budo heritage. The Korean government has been doing that with its own martial arts –which find their roots in Japanese martial arts, by the way. The result is obvious.

    Accidents will happen. However teachers can reduce risks by emphasizing safety and by being there. In my past experience, Japanese judo club coaches were too often absent and senpai did not have enough maturity to control the intensity of training. I never saw any death, but concussions were common… which is the reason why you may have some difficulties reading my English! I experienced more safety while training with the riot police, though the randori were more intense!

    Patrick Augé

  7. And Korea vs Japan in national competition your own teammates would beat the crap out of you for losing.

  8. Naaaa don’t have enough ki pressure…..

  9. The ages of 12-15 include some kids who haven’t had their growth spurts yet, and some who are as big as your average man.
    Toughening up and preserving heritage are great goals, but before I put my kid in a judo dojo I’m going to make sure it has responsible instructors and it takes care of beginners.
    My son loved judo, while the school club lasted, but there was a good guy in charge, and it was our choice.
    Making the study mandatory means you won’t be choosing your kid’s dojo, and that bullies will have a whole new venue for doing what they do.
    I mentioned to a friend that my kid was studying judo and really liking it. He said he got enrolled in judo as a kid. On the first day some jerk broke both his collar bones.
    It didn’t toughen him up.

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