Schools to Train Samurai


Japanese schools are to institute compulsory training in the honourable way of the warrior; middle schoolers will from next year have to take up one of a variety of martial arts, and so instil in themselves the noble heart of a samurai, or at least enjoy beating each other with a variety of weapons.

The current system allows middle schoolers the choice of dance or martial arts in their first year, and in their second and third years they must select two of dance, martial arts and a ball game.

This will change to compulsory budou (martial arts) and dance; the sports permissible are judo, kendo and sumo (!). Depending on the region and school, other martial skills such as kyudo (archery) and the naginata (halberd) will also be laid on. Strangely there is no mention of karate, and lamentably ninjutsu seems entirely out of consideration, so we will be spared a generation of ninja…

The changes will be rolled out over thousands of schools in 2009, and a generous budget of no less than six billion yen to ensure that in future years Japan will not lack for skilled swordfighters in case one of the quiescent daimyo once again rebels against the emperor’s majestic reign.

A variety of parties are rubbing their hands with glee over this move, with calls for proper tatami floored spaces, to say nothing of instructors, all adding to the pork, as many schools are not equipped with these facilities.

Politicians like this sort of move too, as it is all very Japanese and gives a good opportunity to talk about instilling discipline. Even many children enjoy beating each other with sticks, though whether it being compulsory will be well received is another matter. It may at least equip some of them to beat off the teachers.

Via Mainichi.

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    Avatar of Necromas
    Comment by Necromas
    13:54 17/10/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Little did you know, the Japanese middle school system has been producing ninja for years. You don't know this because they're just that good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 14/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hooray! the more samurai about the better

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is awesome.

    So, Japan's getting ready to follow their secret military buildup like in Red Alert 3.

    What's next? A legion of Yuriko Omegas?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 11/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, after a year what's up in Japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 12/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyday in Japan you see about 532 middle-school ninjas cross your path.

    Comment by Yuun
    15:37 24/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a fellow fighter, it makes me wanted to go japan even more. I agree with the implementation, is a good thing. Martial art is really a discipline education in various ways possible.

    Been wondering for a while, being a Taekwondo fighter going against various arts I have but... Naginata does not exist here in my country as far as I'm concerned. Wonder if Taekwondo can go against weapon masters?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 18/03/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    nah main thing is it's to stop the lolis and shotas getting Raeped...coz now they can defend them selfs

    Comment by me
    17:03 24/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It all depends on the skill of the individual fighter. But if you have two fighters and one only uses his hands and feet while the other uses a pole arm between 5 and 7 feet long then the fighter with the pole arm starts off with the automatic advantage of attacking from outside the other fighter's striking range. So unless the other fighter was faster then the naginata user and could get passed the blade of the naginata then I think the naginata user would win.

    Comment by Kyuubil
    11:13 02/11/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Incorrect, distinct disadvantage of pole arms against bare hands. If you can dodge the initial strike and get past the blade, you can grab the weapon and disarm them, leaving them useless.

    Study aikido myself and we have Kata against staves and swords, all dodge -> grab -> disarm.. tae kwan do could do so with a side kick to the head, i'm sure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 29/01/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, it is possible. No, it's not easy at all. Even if you grab the shaft, it's not completely useless. If they're stronger than you, they can use it to pull you off balance. Even if they're not stronger, you have less leverage than they do, so they can still do things with the back end of the pole.

    Comment by headkicker
    21:21 24/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only if it's the really, really traditional Taekwondo that includes weapon training.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course, Ninja are not exactly the same as "noble spirited samurai". Of course, whether that noble spirit will really make it through to all students or whether bullies will use the skills.... ah, I guess they're the ones who would've chosen martial arts anyway, so maybe even from that point of view it can be helpful.

    Also, with one article already of loli-bloomer-sumo, can we expect more pictures of the sort in months and years to come? :)

    Comment by 88longlong
    21:49 11/09/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Relly?超 cool~

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    Comment by Aoshi
    19:50 25/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool... did they pick something up from Red Alert 3?


    Note: Taekwondo isn't Japanese, it's Korean.

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    Comment by Dullahan8
    03:12 07/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG I want to learn naginata

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