Budo World

The 1st BAMIS International Forum—Budō SymposiumInvestigating the possibilities of body and bind integrated science in budō~Learning from Kanō Jigoro‘s achievements to consider the present~

Sakai Toshinobu (University of Tsukuba)1, Maebayashi Kiyokazu (Kobe Gakuin University), Sogawa Tsuneo (Waseda University), Nagaki Kosuke (Hyogo University of Teacher Education), Nagao Susumu (Meiji University), Nakiri Fuminori (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology), Murata Naoki (Kodokan), Oboki Teruo (Saitama University), Todo Yoshiaki (University of Tsukuba), Sanada Hisashi (University of Tsukuba), Alex Bennett (Kansai University), Nakamura Isamu (National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya), Takenaka Kentaro (National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya), Nabeyama Takahiro (University of Tsukuba), Arita Yuji (University of Tsukuba), Karukome Yoshitaka (Graduate School, University of Tsukuba)

Keywords: BAMIS, Body and Mind Integration, Kanō Jigorō, shinpō

A request for budgetary provisions made by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (to utilise the diverse academic research functions of universities in an advantageous way) was approved with the acceptance of a project with the theme of “building a sturdy mind through innovations in sports science” (Project Leader: Hideaki Soya). Spanning over four years from 2010, “the Body and Mind Integrated Sports Science Research Project” (Body and Mind Integrated Science: BAMIS) has commenced at the University of Tsukuba – Graduate School of Health and Sport Science, Sports Medicine, Coaching Science, and Systems and Information Technology.

The aim of this project is to provide explanations for the decrease in the vitality of youth, with innovative sports science that integrates budō, eastern body movement techniques, and scientific knowledge, and to contribute towards the building of a sturdy mind. In order to do this, a new form of “body-mind integrated science”’ is to be investigated, merging sports medicine, neuroscience, cognitive engineering, and body-culture theory, in addition to the bridging of basic research methods with actual on-site physical activity.

This project consists of four sections: sports medicine, budō and body technique research, cognitive neuroscience, and practical physical exercise research. We are involved in the ‘budō and body technique research’ section (representative: Sakai). For the time being, while looking at budō as a whole, we will focus on understanding the existing experimental results on body and mind integration gathered by the humanity sciences in order to further decide on the course of action for this research project from now. We will also investigate the possibility of integrating approaches of the natural sciences and actual on-site practices.

This report provides information on the 1st BAMIS International Forum – Budō Session “Investigating the possibilities of body-mind integrated science in budō ~ Learning from Kanō Jigorō’s achievements to consider the present”, which was held on the 28th of February to the 1st of March, 2011.

This symposium will debate body and mind integration in budō, with particular focus on Kanō Jigoro (Former Vice-Chancellor of Tokyo University of Education, the predecessor of the current University of Tsukuba) – in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The symposium took place in accordance with the following schedule:

  1. Date: 28th of February, 2011
  2. Location: University of Tsukuba, Meeting Hall
  3. Program:
  4. Presentation
    • Maebayashi Kiyokazu—Body and Mind Integration Theory of Budō before Kanō
    • Sōgawa Tsuneo—The Body and Mind Problem Seen in Kanō’s Jūdō
    • Nagaki Kosuke—Internationalisation of Jūdō (budō) by Kanō
    • Nagao Susumu—Kanō and his Contemporaries ~Tesshū & Nishikubo~
    • Appointed Debater—Fuminori Nakiri, Naoki Murata, Ōboki Teruo.
    • Commentator—Tōdō Yoshiaki, Sanada Hisashi
    • Emcee—Sakai Toshinobu (Coordinator), Alex Bennett