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31st December 2000, 09:48

Although Kano sought to preserve, in a sense, the old codes of honor of the warriors of Medieval Japan, he also felt compelled to abandon those aspects which he viewed as anachronistic. The concept, for instance, of "sudden death," the old Samurai ideal of death by one skillful cut of the perfection of the sword, did not survive in the sport context of Judo. Kano saw this as defeating the purpose of sport, of risk to obtain advantage, of development of strategy and skill. Instead, he favored Judo competitions, Shiai, rather than the old-style, sudden death, contests, or Shobu.

Follow the link, and about half-way down the page, shobu in contrast to shiai is discussed (This is from the history of the Kodokan, Kano, and Judo, not to mention Mifune Kyuzo Sensei.

One day soon, I hope, this site will be linked here on E-budo in the Judo Forum. Kim Sol, and his son Michael are fine historians, and questions to them are answered in a friendly, timely way.