prof w strauss 10dan, founder of Ido-kan
prof w strauss 10dan, founder of Ido-kan
AGJ-IS, prof strauss 10dan, [2nd headmaster], of the Judo Do system, founder of the Ido-Kan, and Ido, and was a master of the highest order, and his black belts, especially the instructors who had official authorization, to teach in his clubs, such as gerald degen and myself, had direct tuition in jujitsu, kuatsu, judo do, kawaishi judo, and the Ido system, he had a vast knowledge, and was uncompromising in his teaching methods.
IDO is an anglo-japanese word meaning [ I]nfinite [DO] way, and the history of this system, [Ido-kan] began with prof wally strauss 10th dan, an austrian, who studied [judo do] and [jujitsu] under prof. julius fleck in europe, and he also studied kawaishi method judo, karate, pankration, and tai chi while living in china, and it was tai chi, that later became one of the principle [cornerstones] in the foundation of the house of the infinite way [ido-kan]. Prof. strauss came to australia in the early 1950s, and began teaching his form of kawaishi judo, also judo do, and [jujitsu], in Melbourne, Australia, and later, in the 1970s, he formally founded his own style or system, Ido-kan, and at that time his organization was called the [jiujitsu, judo, and karate instructors association of australia], and then, with the development of the Ido system, karate, [which he never taught], was then dropped from the name, instead, he would teach [atemi waza], and the association would became [the jiu jitsu, and judo instructors association [ido-kan], and with his extensive knowledge of body mechanics, he began synthesizing his adaption of kawaishi judo techniques, which was [his core judo style], with Tai chi movement and posture that became a catalyst, along with correct tai sabaki training, to form Ido, and there are other important elements in IDO which form a higher level of movement, but [judo do is not one of them], and had very little influance in its development, so i fail to see why, anybody would claim a connection between ido and judo do, because there is none, or at best very little. [original Ido-kan logo] below.
prof. strauss taught in the [old school way], and if he saw that the student was not fully commited, he would only take you to a certain level in his teaching, on the other hand, if he thought you were keen to learn the arts, and had the ability, he would go much further, and deeper in his teaching of individual students, and that is why [not all] yudansha, are considered for an Ido dan grade, and as most of ido instruction was passed on by prof. strauss through word of mouth, demonstration, and training, [he was a secretive man], and perhaps one of the reasons, is that he was a former intelligence officer in WW2, and in the yudansha, he was selective as to what he taught, and to whom, and except for some notes and a few letters, i was given permission by him, in the early 1980s to record the system, and for the first time, put it down on paper, which i did with extensive notes, and photographs, which were [rarely permited], and some of which are on this website, my purpose was to preserve it so, that we would have a record for the future, and our students.
KAWAISHI JUDO [modified]
Historicaly, there have been changes In the years since prof strauss passed away, and idokan has been taken in a different direction, and philosophical base by the IEI and other factions in [europe and australia], and the statement, that IDO training can be adapted to all, and [any budo dicipline], and that Ido can be practiced [without stylistic limitations]? how convenient, and obviously this is incorrect, you have to know what IDO training is, anyway, this is totally [wrong], because not all budo arts are compatible with IDO principles, and that is why karate, kung fu [external], ect, contest [sport judo], were excluded from Ido, because the body management,or [tai sabaki], is different within these arts/sport, as prof strauss would say, [they go against the principle], and so it was very important to be well trained in Ido technique, and the given budo dicipline [controlled] by Ido principles, also the meaning of IDO is described variously as, Transportation, unlimited movement, Cycle of skills, lineup of actions, and such [esoteric rubbish] as, the [deep spiritual sense of perpetual movement], ect, which is a long way from the truth, because the name IDO does not imply just movement alone,of any kind, but as a component of [energy and time], as prof. strauss would often say, [at the right moment], and [sticking to the principle], so for the real meaning of ido, and the reason why, see [6 principles of Ido]
prof. strauss always believed that martial arts training should ultimately be focused toward [self defence combat], not victories in the dojo, [sport], although there is nothing wrong with that, they can sometimes be [two different things], and that is why [prof strauss encouraged randori practice, but not contest], to foster correct attitude, also, there is a great benefit from education, and recreation, and healing the mind, and body, and also there is the expression, [not to fight with each other, judo do], adopted by Ido, which simply means, the practitioners trained together in a spirit of co operation, and learning, divesting themselves of ego, and winning at all cost, and this is a dificult concept for some people, for example, the original kano jiu jitsu [kodokan judo], changed forever, when it became a sport, with the focus on winning, and the art, [sport] has become [a strength, wrestling match], and not what prof kano wanted, and was against judo being part of the olympics, and in the same way, prof strauss, did not want Ido to be highjacked and turned into something else, by those with little, or no knowledge of the art, anyway, the saying [not to fight with each other, judo do], and adopted by the Ido system, definitely [does not mean], an [over compliant] training partner, who falls at the drop of a hat, when no real technique has been applied, let me say, this is a [tennent of Ido].
the real purpose of judo is [not to win victory only], but to personify the truth contained in judo, or briefly speaking, the aim of judo is to catch, and demonstrate quickly the living laws of motion. k. mifune, shihan, 10th dan.
The same can be said of Ido, [living laws of energy]
In the world of martial arts, there are some big egos, and however you are, is how your students will see you, and those that adhere to the principles in IDO, believe everyone in martial arts, as in life, has a personal journey, [the level you are at], that should be patiently supported by the dojo master, realizing that everyone is different, and teach accordingly, this is a [tennent of IDO].
History/ australian jujitsu, judo instructors association, Ido-kan In 1980, there was a split in the organization, and longtime student of prof strauss, barry bradshaw, was [asked to leave] our organization, and took all his clubs and instructors with him, including his sucessor, adam bradshaw, kevin walsh, frank fisher, and they became members of the jujitsu judo and chinese boxing federation of instructors, and since that time, they have had [no further contact with prof strauss], and this group, in the previous years, had drifted from the original teachings of prof strauss, and were more interested in [contest judo], judo do, chinese boxing ect. which prof strauss was [against], and contradictory to the principles of Ido, and in Europe, the idokan leadership sucessor [lother sieber], was approved and declared by the jujitsu masters, Hans Shollauf, and Baron Hubert Klinger Klingerstorff, but after some intrigue, and turmoil, and politics, there was a split in the organization, and today there are several [masters], with high Ido ranks, and it is confusing, and curious, and there are issues, with different paths taken, and that is why we are skeptical, because we have no idea what they are teaching, but we do note the [shihan] certificate awarded to the budo master Lother sieber 10dan, and confirmed from prof strauss 10dan, founder of Ido-kan.
Historically, When the administration was handed back to europe, they had never laid eyes on prof strauss in more than 30yrs, and currently, i have since started looking into the european history of Idokan, and also to find out about their various curricullum, to see if it has anything to do with Ido, and its fundamental principles, because curiously, some of these people have more to do with the various forms of karate-do, which is an art that was excluded from Ido. [see mochizuki/strauss].
BUSHIDO : many martial arts organizations, including idokan IEI, have taken up the somewhat naive notion of [bushido], which is often mistakenly regarded by many, as some sort of [honarable warrior code], but in recent history, [WW2], and the rise of militarism in japan, and the ultra right wing kokuryu kai [black dragon society], were the notion of bushido was revived, and many of the old jujitsu masters, who congregated at the dai nippon butoku kai, were notoriously [right wing], and aided the military with training, and there was no honour in the way the japanese treated prisoners, and which prof strauss had seen first hand, [in detention by japanese] in WW2, and witnessed the brutal side of the japanese military at that time, and behaviour was nothing new, and it demonstrates that morality is often bypassed, and prof strauss once gave me a passage taken from the japanese tome, the chushingura, the [loyal 47] says [slaughter and rapine, the samurai s daily deeds], but some prefer fantasy, and [we choose what myth we wish to believe], and besides, they are still killing whales in the southern ocean.