Some of you on this site even refer to anybody other than a competitor as a " recreational Judoka" Classifying one who studies Traditional Kodokan Judo as recreational is both misinformed and arrogant at best. Those who choose to studty Traditional judo ..maintain balance in their studies...learning all the kata of judo...yes, I said it kata! learning the atemi of the the Kukumin Taiiku.
Recreation and Competition are synonomous with a sporting event. Coaches condition athletes.....Sensei's culitivate the mind , body and spirit of the judoka.
Obsession with competition needs to stop! It is time to take a stand of accountability. The days of learning/teaching three technniques and riding them to olympic fame must end! I have seen time and time again ..the typical judo jock enter a traditional judo dojo and find him/herself in complete bewilderment when it comes to accountability...most are unfamiliar with the Gokyo no waza are lost when it comes to kata and are incapable of intellectual discussion on topics related to theory and philosophy. These jock dojo's lack tradition and most are devoid of any martial ethics....the instructor trains his athletes! far diffrent for the instructor who TEACHES his students! ........History has documented that Jigoro Kano in his latter years, resented the idea of competition, so too did Kenji Tomiki of Shotokan Aikido....they harbored these regrets until their dying days...but then again, what do they know? ..they are only recreational judoka!
Please do read some of my posts prior to judging me on this one. I ask you to do this as you may think after reading this reply that I am anti zen judo, I am not I assure you.
You start your passionate post in much the same manner many of your organisation do with real heart and desire to be read and heard but with rather large mistakes.
To write "Dr Kano never participated in shiai" Is just untrue and there is no polite way to write this. Dr Kano did indeed participate in shiai and for his Kodokan judo Shiai was an integral part of the whole.
His Uwagi can be seen at the kodokan and it is in tatters.
Second point, "History has documented that Jigoro Kano in latter years, resented the idea of competition". This again is just untrue in the manner you present it here. Dr Kano did speak about his concerns for shiai as some participants did not hold and maintain what Dr Kano intended for Shiai. Dr Kano also disliked the idea of intercountry shiai as he thought this would introduce an element of nationalisation that was against the very heart of Kodokan judo. In Japan, Under the guidance of Dr Kano, shiai was organised and the famous red V white shiai where rather famous.
You will find I am a judoka who writes so much here about tradition, values and the education of judo, please dont think for one second I am in favour of championships every weekend and the goal or aim of judo only being to train for such events. I detest the koka and yuko and only allow waza-ari and ippon in my own dojo. The ONLY members of my dojo who own a blue gi are those who represnt themselves at national or international events where they are compulsery. No members trains in Blue gi.
I find that Zen Judo is as much in imbalance as some of the 'Olympic' type of clubs that you mention and dislike. On the one hand we have dojo where shiai is THE sole aim and then dojo where pupils play games or only practice kata. All these dojo have misbalance and the one thing Dr Kano did a lot of writting about and teaching was the vital concept of kuzushi, Balance.
Judo is a complete subject and to over train or only train just one or two parts leads to incomplete judo and thus cannot offer the student a complete education. Failure in the complete education leaves gaps in the students learning thus imbalances in his life.
What we learn in the dojo on the tatami translates directly to our daily lives. ALL parts of judo are vital just as ALL ingredients in a cake are vital, add one ingredient to much and the cake will not bake properly.
Shiai is a vital aspect in the education and completion of the self. Is shiai overemphasised today, yes it is, is kata under taught yes it is but zen judo has not helped balance out learning in judo all it has done is tip the balance to far the other way and bought judo within the zen group down to a 'practice' where half sutemi and the such like are understood to be judo when they are not.
Zen judo associations are just as reaponsible for the imbalance in judo due to there denial of shiai and these odd dangerous waza taught.
As in all organisations its not the pupils that are responsible for any misbalance its the leaders. The leadership in one of the zen groups was just out of all realms of credibility when we saw her 'judo waza' posted here. To repeat myself the membership are fine decent people just as in all associations I think it proper and just though that the membership receives the best possible leadership and this is just not the case in the zen associations.
I know you are a passionate person, passionate about judo. to this end you hold the grave responsibility, as all your leaders do, to learn and study the subject before writting well meaning articles on judo missquoting Dr Kano.
I am sure this debate will be interseting and be assured I am totaly in support of several of your other points. I do understand what you write but ..............
I wish you well,