vendredi 23 février 2018

Yoshin ryu Jujutsu , Eastern & Western medecines and Sakkatsu-ho

Yoshitoki Shirobei Akiyama ( 秋山四朗兵衛義時) who was a physician and accomplished budoka from Nagasaki and is said to have founded Yōshin-ryū (楊心流) ("The School of the Willow Heart"). This happened before 1671. Yoshin Ryu JuJutsu  is seen as a classical Japanese fighting system traditionally.

Supposedly Yoshitoki Akiyama was inspired by the willow trees, which yielded to the heavy winter snow and thus avoided damage. The character for yo ( 楊 ) refers to a type of upright branching willow tree (红皮柳  Salix sinopurpurea) .  It is commonly found along yangzhou  揚州 "the willow city "  a prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu Province, China. Yangzhou city is sitting on the north bank of the Yangtze river.

The Akiyama line of Yōshin-ryū is perhaps the most influential school of jūjutsu to exist in Japan. By the late Edo Period, Akiyama Yōshin-ryū and its descendants had spread all over Japan.

Yoshitoki Akiyama studied medicine and Chinese boxing - whether in China or Japan remains unclear. His system of martial study integrated existing Japanese combat forms of Jujutsu with an  Chinese striking system (called Kenpo  拳法 in some yoshin ryu scrolls).

CHINESE MEDECINE

Medicine during the Edo period was as five separate schools of medicine that were practiced in Japan. Each of these schools was based on the Chinese medical tradition. In the sixth century, Chinese medicine, kanpō, was brought to Japan by Buddhist priests. Kanpō utilized Chinese herbs, acupuncture, moxibistion and massage.  

Chinese medicine is based on the principle that the body, like the universe, can potentially achieve “a state of dynamic equilibrium if no strain is imposed on the system.” Unfortunately, the body was constantly disturbed by internal and external influences which manifest themselves as either deficiencies (ying) or excesses (yang) of energy. Because patients were seen as part of nature, illness was caused by these continual environmental forces acting on their bodies.

NAGASAKI AND WESTERN MEDECINE

Under the maritime restrictions imposed by the Tokugawa shogunate in the 1630s, which would remain in force until the Bakumatsu Period (1850s), the only foreigners permitted to trade at the port of Nagasaki were the Dutch and the Chinese. While only about 15-20 Dutchmen lived on Dejima at a time, Chinese residents of Nagasaki numbered in the thousands.



Deshima island in Nagasaki Bay in 1825


Western medicine slowly filtered into Japan during the Tokugawa period (1600-1858).
Western medicine was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese and Spaniards, but they made few contributions to medicine in Japan. The true cultural exchange between Japanese and European physicians occurred with the introduction of Dutch traders into Japan during Tokugawa Iemitsu’s rein.
By 1641, the Dutch had relocated their trading post to the island Deshima in Nagasaki Bay. The staff of the trading post on Deshima almost always included a European physician. These physicians played a vital role in the dissemination of Western medical knowledge to Japanese physicians and scholars throughout the Edo period. While this transference was hindered by the Bakufu’s severing of ties with the rest of Europe, Western medical knowledge slowly spread. By 1630, Tokugawa Iemitsu had effectively banned most Western books from Japan.

Due to Japan’s isolation from the Europe, the translation and study of Dutch books became synonymous with Western studies. While the term rangaku literally translates to “Dutch learning,” rangaku scholars studied other European works as well
 While Japanese variants of Chinese medicine dominated Japanese medical practice, western medicine made significant inroads and penetrated Japan.

Historian John Bowers claims that Western medicine ultimately triumphed over Chinese medicine due to the perseverance of Japanese students, scholars and European physicians stationed at Deshima. Over this time period, Japan experienced a gradual expansion of western medicine throughout Japan due to the concerted and dedicated efforts of some of the most important Japanese medical practitioners and advocates.

The key event in the expansion of Western medicine in Japan during the eighteenth century was the publication of Sugita Gempaku’s Kaitai Shinsho 解体新書 (New Treatise on Dissection) in 1774. Shigehisa Kuriyama described the publication of this book as “a major turning point in Japanese cultural history.

The Kaitai Shinsho was a translation of the Johann Adam Kulman’s Anatomische Tabellen (1731). Kulman’s book was an extremely accurate Dutch book on anatomy. The book contained numerous lithographs of human anatomy. While Katai Shinsho did not become the standard for Japanese medicine until the Meiji era, it would eventually play a vital role in transforming Japanese medicine.



Anatomische Tabellen  and  Kaitai Shinsho







 Extracts from the Katai Shinsho 


Short video in Japanese about Sugita Gempaku’s Kaitai Shinsho

 SAKKATSU-HO IN JUJUTSU 

Sakkatsu-ho (method to save life and to kill) contained teaching for use vital point (kyusho) and to use rescucitation techniques (kappo). We can see these methods exist exactly the same in Shin no Shinto Ryu and Tenjin  Shinyo Ryu, which are both from their parent's school : Akiyama Yoshin Ryu.
By translating and studying the Koryu Shinto Yoshin ryu Keiraku no maki we was  abble to understand that the Yoshin ryu school contained teaching from both chinese medecine and western medecine for killing methods and revival methods. 

 

 

 Koryu Shinto Yoshin ryu Keiraku no maki Hōreki 2 (1752) 


Atemi Gokui part of  Koryu Shinto Yoshin ryu Keiraku no maki Hōreki 2 (1752) 
  17 kyusho  listed below:

  • 草靡 Sobi Rubbing grass / Frottement de l' Herbe  (proverbe confucéen)
  •  秘中 Hichu secret center / centre secret  
  • 人中 Jinchu center of the man / centre de l' homme 
  • 烏乱 Koran   Raven revolted  / corbeau révolté  
  • 獨鈷 Dokko One handed Vajra / Vajra à une seule main (vajra : « diamant » et « foudre »  instrument   dans la tradition bouddhique vajrayāna (« voie du diamant »)  
  • 烏兎 Uto hare and raven /  lièvre et corbeau (Yin & Yang : les deux yeux)  
  • 明間 Meikan Bright space / Espace lumineux 
  • 松風 Matsukaze pine wind / vent des pins 
  • 村雨 Murasame village rain / pluie villageoise 
  • 釣鐘 Tsukigane hanging bell / cloche suspendue (cloches bouddhistes) 
  • 電光 Denko  Lightning bright flash /  Foudre éclair brillant 
  • 月影 Tsukikage Shadow of the moon / Ombre de la lune 
  • 雁下 Ganka below the Wild Goose / sous l' Oie sauvage 
  • 少寸 Shosun  1 petit pouce / 1 petit sun (sun : unité de mesure correspondant à environ 3cm ) 
  • 明星 Myojo star bright / étoile brillante 
  • 氷月 Suigetsu Moon on the water / Lune sur l' eau 
  • 貫元 Kangen  Old Kan / Ancien Kan (kan est une ancienne unité de mesure japonaise correspondant   à 3.75 kg)





Tenjin ShinYo ryu kyusho

Tenjin ShinYo ryu Chi no maki (scroll of earth) listing 7 kyusho 
(Uto, Kasumi, Jinchu, Dokko, Hichu, Matsukaze, Murasame)





 Shin no shinto ryu chart with organs


Chart from Shin no Shinto ryu Jodan Keiraku no maki 1807

Tenjin ShinYo ryu jujutsu 's kyusho locations in relation to organs,
(to be compared with this picture just below)

KAPPO 

Kappo (活法 kappō, "resuscitation techniques") is a contraction of the two Japanese words Katsu (resuscitation) and Ho (method). kappo refers to resuscitation techniques used to revive someone who has been choked to the point of unconsciousness, to lessen the pain of a strike to the groin, to help someone drowned or to stop a bleeding nose...


Eri Kappo  method from 1894 manual


CONCLUSION

Sakkatsu-ho 殺活 (method to save life and to kill) in Old Jujutsu schools contained teaching for use vital points (kyusho) and to use rescucitation techniques (kappo) .
Around 1700, old japanese Jujutsu masters have combined old Japanese Jujutsu , Chinese kenpo methods with teachings from Eastern medecine and Western medecine to make a synthesis which allowed them an more effective and pragmatic method of application .


  Related Koryu Jujutsu documents analyzed for our study :
  •  Tenjin shinyo ryu Jin no maki Meiji 4 = 1871 
  •  Shin no shindo ryu Jodan Keiraku no maki (bunka 4 - 1807)
  •  Koryu Shinto Yoshin ryu Keiraku no maki Hōreki 2 (1752) 
  •  Atemi Gokui section from Koryū Yōshin Shintō Ryū Mokuroku (1752)  


samedi 17 février 2018

About Jikan Dojo 慈眼道場 Kenyukai 研究会 Research society

Jikan Dojo 慈眼道場  Kenyukai 研究会 Research society

Translation and research from  Koryu Jujutsu scrolls and transmission documents. 


The main purpose of our research society is to provide the most authentic informations  on historical lineages, philosophical paradigms, strategical concepts, technical catalogs contained  in the classical Japanese Jujutsu schools 's Densho 傳書 (transmission documents)  and Maki  巻 (scrolls).



Currently the most used term is JuJutsu 柔術  but historically several other terms have been used according to each schools and according of the times of foundation , some examples of terms : Taijutsu 躰術 體術 ,Yawara 和, Kogusoku 小具足, Koshi mawari 腰廻 ...






  
Below you can find some examples of our  research's documents  (private consultation only)

YOSHIN RYU 


KENKAN-MON  The Gates of Observation 1829
MENKYO HOSHO 1713


 KORYU YOSHIN SHINTO RYU JUJUTSU 1752 

Koryū Yōshin Shintō Ryū Mokuroku
Yōshin Ryū Jodan No Maki
Koryu Yōshin Shintō Ryū Keiraku No Maki
Naiden Juroku No Kata
Yōshin Ryū Hiketsu No Jō


TENJIN SHINYO RYU JUJUTSU
 
TENJIN SHINYO RYU TEN NO MAKI 1877
TENJIN SHINYO RYU CHI NO MAKI 1906
TENJIN SHINYO RYU JIN NO MAKI 1871 1909
TENJIN SHINYO RYU MENKYO YO NO MAKI (not translated yet) 1882
TAI-I-ROKU ( unknow date) recorded big thoughts
IEMOTO GITEI-SHO  Protocols of the Headmaster 1832
JUJUTSU SEISHI   Kishōmonji written Record of the Vow to the Gods 1863

SHIN NO SHINTO RYU   JUJUTSU
SHIN NO SHINTO RYU NO MAKI    1753 (from founder)
SHIN NO SHINTO RYU NO KEIRAKU NO MAKI 1807
SHIN NO SHINTO RYU NO MAKI (date ?)
SHIN NO SHINTO RYU JODAN NO MAKI (1779)
KITO RYU JUJUTSU
KITO RYU TEN    MAKI 1796 - 1907
KITO RYU CHI    MAKI 1671
KITO RYU JIN    MAKI 1736 - 1796
KITO RYU HONTAI MAKI
KITO RYU HONTAI MAKI (issued by Kano Jigoro to Saigo Shiro)1885
KITO RYU KUDEN HISHO MAKI
KITO RYU SEI NO MAKI
KITO RYU JUJUTSU NO BEN DENSHO
KIRAKU RYU JUJUTSU

KIRAKU RYU KIRIGAMI ICHI NO MAKI
KIRAKU RYU MEDAI ICHI NO MAKI
KIRAKU MENJO ICHI NO MAKI
KIRAKU RYU MOKUROKU ICHI NO MAKI 
TAKENOUCHI SANTO RYU NO DENSHO
HIGO RYU TAIJUTSU KYOTEIJO
SHOSHO RYU YAWARA
7 MAKI FROM 1721 -1846 -1834
YAGYU SHINGAN RYU JUJUTSU
   
YAGYU SHINGAN RYU HEIHO NO SHO MOKUROKU 1809
YAGYU SHINGAN RYU SHODAN CHUDAN NO MAKI 1869
YAGYU SHINGAN RYU MAKIMONO NO MAKI 1869
YAGYU SHINGAN RYU HIJUTSU NO MAKI 1869



現代 流 柔術 MODERN SCHOOLS OF JUJUTSU

 DAITO RYU  AIKI JUJUTSU
DAITO RYU JUJUTSU HIDEN MOKUROKU 1905
HIDEN OKUGI 1905
AIKI NO JUTSU (date ?)
HAKKO RYU JUJUTSU 
HAKKO RYU SHIHAN GI MAKI
HAKKO RYU KAIDEN GI MAKI
HAKKO RYU SANDAIKICHU MAKI
HAKKO RYU 4 HIGISHI MANUALS 1955 & 1980
KOKODO SHIHANGI – KAIDENGI - KOGYOKU DENSHO
OLDS BOOKS ABOUT JUJUTSU, AIKI/KIAI CONCEPT

BUDO HIKETSU AIKI NO JUTSU 1890
KIAI JUTSU SAKKATSU JIZAI 1911
SHINDEN GOSHIN JUTSU SHINSHIN TANREN KIAI OYO 1922
HAYANAWA KAPPO KENPO KYOHAN ZUKAI ZEN 1898



 Extract from Shosho ryu maki 1721
Extract from Kito ryu Chi no maki 1671
Tenjin Shinyo ryu 1870's & Shin no Shinto ryu maki 1807
Daito ryu Jujutsu Hiden Mokuroku 1905