The Legend of the Old Oak and the Willow

This oriental legend, dated between the 14th and 16th centuries, is considered one of the origins of ju-jitsu and Judo.

Judo is the way of flexibility, also called the path of softness; it was founded by Jigoro Kanō in 1882.

"To the positive, you must oppose its complement: the negative. To force, you must react with flexibility. If an attacker pushes you, do not oppose your strength because if it is superior, you risk collapsing. To the force of the push, give way quickly with a sudden and unexpected recoil. Your adversary will have plunged into an open door and lost his balance, falling to your feet. If, on the contrary, an adversary pulls you towards him, do not hold tight in vain resistance. Pounce in the direction of his traction and then take advantage of his imbalance to knock him down without much effort."

Legend has it that Jigoro Kano was looking out the window towards the landscape on a winter day at a snowstorm. He watched as the snow fell on the thick and strong branches of an old oak tree. The snow accumulated, and the oak was able to withstand the weight of the snow. At a specific moment, a branch broke. At that instant, the snow fell on the thin and weak branches of the willow tree. It yielded to the weight of the snow, letting it fall. This is how he created one of the basic principles of Judo: "Give in to Win".

In the fighting, pay attention to the forces and use your "flexibility" and intelligence.

The storyteller.

P.S. All of us have seen "old oaks" (NOKIA, KODAK, Blockbuster, others) which felt strong, but their lack of flexibility and ability to observe "the forces" and adapt to the new circumstances pushed them to break their "branches"—the Legend of the old oak and the Willow (JUDO Origin).