[Ads-l] Antedating of "Aikido"

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Sun Sep 6 21:41:10 UTC 2015


The phrasing of this snippet is odd. Jujutsu (alternatively jujitsu) is at least several hundred years old.

The sport of Kendo is almost that old, although the name appeared in the nineteen twenties. Aikido is a specialized development of jujutsu, emphasizing non-initiation of the attack. 

So it's not clear what the Nippon Times author meant by 'parental art'.

Geoff

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aikido (OED 1955)

1954 _Nippon Times_ 26 June 7/4 (Japan Times Archives)  The program include=
s ... "aikido" the parental art for "jujutsu" and "kendo".

Fred Shapiro

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