Gentle Ways Inc. of North Dakota, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is an umbrella organization that functions similar to a Yudanshakai (association of black belts) in North Dakota and parts of Minnesota. For more information about one of our clubs go to the “affiliate clubs” tab.
The primary purpose of this website is to share information about Judo, especially the Judo practiced at the Kodokan while Jigoro Kano was still living, with an emphasis on Goshin Budo (self defense).
Also via Zen Judo International an examination of the Butokukai, a martial arts teachers college founded in Kyoto, Japan in 1895. The Butokukai taught kendo, karate and judo. Its highest graduate was Kenshiro Abe, who in 1955 was sent to Great Britain, where he established the Kyushindo Society. When the Kyushindo Society was dissolved many years after Abe’s death, one of its practitioners founded Zen Judo. Zen Judo is the only avenue for studying the unique syllabus of the Butokukai. Interestingly enough, at the grand opening of the Butokukai a picture was taken with Jigoro Kano front row center… fun to speculate the relationship that Kano had with the Butokukai. One thing we do know is that the Kodokan sent instructors to the Butokukai specifically to teach Kenshiro Abe. Interesting, huh?
I went to graduate school twice, I worked in a research laboratory for 32 years, I ran my judo program like a graduate school and over the years my students and I did a lot of research, much of which is/will be included herein.
I hope you enjoy.