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Japanese academics have warned that the national sports of sumo and judo are under threat of extinction because of the rapid spread of a fungal infection that is making participants' hair fall out. The All Japan Judo Federation has commissioned research into the spread of Trichophyton tonsurans, The Times reports, amidst fears …

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Dead Vulture

Jui Jistsu, sole grappling art in Japan??

Well not to burst your bubble but there are many arts that come from the island of robotic and martial art joy. Ninjitsu or Aikido to name a further 2. While not traditionally compeditive sports their styles do still involve grappling as an art.

Though I do expect the geek ninja army to also protest said comment, its suprising how many geeks 'claim' to be masters of the arts

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Hugo Rune

Will this affect acolytes of Hugo Rune - the 12th Dan Master of Dimac?

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Dead Vulture

Re: Jui Jistsu, sole grappling art in Japan??

Can also throw in Aiki-jutsu (cross over beween aikido and ju-jitsu) and I don't claim to be a master, but do have a Ju-jitsu black belt from about 15 yrs ago, probably couldn't get out of my own way now tho :-(

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Which martial art?

If it's related to athlete's foot, maybe it's spread by Ti Kwan Leep

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@ AC 1138

"Well not to burst your bubble but there are many arts that come from the island of robotic and martial art joy. Ninjitsu or Aikido to name a further 2. While not traditionally compeditive sports their styles do still involve grappling as an art."

Aikido is getting more competition out there with the growth of "sporting" styles. Although the founder didn't like competition, it's there and getting more common with the less traditional schools.

Now I shall disappear from view with a puff of purple smoke and a *SPANG* noise...

(wouldn't it be cool to see ninja competitions like "who can smell blood from the furthest distance" and "who can hit a dartboard bullseye with a throwing knife from 100 feet away"? I work with a "Nonja" who claims to be able to do both of the above...)

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Hope this is just short term

Having been rather lucky and seen a sumo basho last time I was in Tokyo I really do hope this is just a temporary thing.

Even if you're not really a sumo fan, if you're in Tokyo during a basho, get a seat and turn up for the afternoon (when the top two tiers fight), it's well worth it for the atmosphere and spectacle. You can hire radios for just 100 yen (I seem to remember) or use your own to listen to the English commentary - which is well done and informative for those new to the sport.

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Re: Hope this is just short term

I just like the fact it is called a basho. Basho!

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Very worried...

...this fungus is clearly terrifyingly powerful, so strong in fact I have to wonder if it could even beat hirsute Chuck Norris?

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Coat

black belt in nintendo?

today's youth don't care about exercise, most are only interested in getting a black belt in nintendo, so I would guess martial arts will die out.

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Why doesn't it show up in US?

The articale says it came to the US via Cuba, I live in the US and never heard of it.

And our press make a big deal out of everything.

We don't have Sumo, but we do have Judo and Wrestling, so why isn't it known

much here?

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Black Helicopters

@ AC 1349

That'll be cos the CIA engineered the fungus to attack non Americain DNA.

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@ Mike Richards

Perhaps it is indeed the athlete's foot fungus from Chuck's foot (sacrilege I know) that was passed from Chuck to Sumo after numerous roundhouse kicks from hither to thither.

Although to be fair to Sir Norris Athlete's Foot isn't probably known as a fungal infection on Chuck, probably something snappier like.....<insert comical name here>

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IT Angle

A few things

Aiki-jitsu is not a cross between Aikido and Ju-jitsu. It is a precursor to Aikido (Morehei Ueshiba having studied Daito-Ryu Aiki-jitsu) and this itself came from earlier forms of Ju-jitsu (although tracing back various martial forms can turn into a pedantic bun fight as they sometimes cross-pollinate).

I have not noticed any "baldy fungus" here, but I have seen plenty of Aikidoists on the mat with fungal infections of their feet (usually evidenced by poor nails and flaky skin). It's quite disgusting and these people should know better than to step on the tatami in that state, especially when a quick visit to the docs and a cream would probably sort it.

"nonja"...like it. :o)

Me...I'm an Aikidoist. Or an Aikidoesn't as it often feels like. Hey ho.

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Happy

pas de probleme

Are you worried by martial art related hair loss? Is your judo outfit looking tired and unclean.

What you need is OB-220.

It's dual brightening / fungicide action solves the problem that has beset judo experts since the dawn of time: how to keep those whites clean while remaining hirsute.

Says K. Jigoro of Japan, "Before OB-220 my hair was everywhere: on the couch, on the floor, everywhere. I had to pretend I had a dog. But now I have luxuriant growth sprouting from head. I've even had George Lucas on the phone asking me how I did it. Not only that but with my new found fluorescence I stun them at the local disco".

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@ Elmer Phud

Excellent RR reference, and completely unexpected!

Basho, good sir!

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Happy

@ Sarah Bee re: Bashō

Read Matsuo Bashō's "The Narrow Road to the Deep North", one of the monuments of Japanese literature (though not a lengthy book). Doing so will make you a better human being, but you may have to read and re-read before Bashō's message sinks in.

There's a Penguin edition.

Anything to polish the divinity of our Divine Moderatrix.

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Re: @ Sarah Bee re: Bashō

Nice. Thanks.

These threads could use more culture. Do you want to scatter a few more recommendations for spiritually nourishing works about the place, RW? It could totally stop arguments. Or start them.

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Heart

Japanese MA lineage fight!

Now all we need is to add a little kung fu, say, for someone to start claiming they have the *real* Wing Chun, and discuss which prominient martial artists could beat Bruce Lee and we'll have a proper nerd arguement! :)

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Ringworm in Alaska

The incidence of this fungus amongst the grappling fraternity is not a new one: see.....

http://www.epi.hss.state.ak.us/bulletins/docs/b1993_09.htm

However it was in Alaska, so no wonder the average Anonymous Coward has never heard of it....

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Joke

..way...

If Karate-do, loosely translated means "Way of the empty hand".

What is Japanese for "Way of the empty hair-follicle"?

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Re Sarah Bee - more culture

Isn't a fungal culture exactly the problem?

Mine's the one with the pot of yoghurt :-)

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Happy

The only cure

That I have found after picking up up an X-Files strengh case of athletes foot is to soak my feet in a solution of Copper Sulphate. My liver will probably die but my feet don't smell!

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IT Angle

IT?

This logo could have been made for this story, interesting though it is.

I guess some IT workers must lack hair, right?

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foot aids

buy your footsies here

and prevent baldness

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Alert

erm - sounds like Scrum pox

this sounds like a variation Scrumpox which prop forwards Rugby sometimes suffer from, its horrible and infected players are not supposed to continue playing as its highly infectious...

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Pirate

@ AC 1138

Competitive Ninjitsu would be a brilliant idea. Once Japan got an international team together they could pit them against the Somali pirates to see who would win.

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Why airports ask us to take our shoes off

Goatan Posting was close to correct: "That'll be cos the CIA engineered the fungus to attack non Americain DNA".

I think this was to make Fidel's beard fall off.

Ooops - It was sneaking thallium salts into Castro's shoes.

This must be what the security guards are actually looking for at the airports.

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