This is a true story of a man, who was born frail and almost dying once but finally became a superman.
His name is Harumichi Hida (1883-1956), a founder of Hida-siki spirited body training system (Kyoken-jutsu) in Japan.
Harumichi Hida (1883-1956)
- 1 Life of a Man Who Became a Superman
- 2 Fight With Challengers from all over Japan
Life of a Man Who Became a Superman
Born Frail and Almost Dying Once
Harumichi was born the fifth boy of a doctor, Harutsune Kawai in Konuma of Katsura village (present Nishikatsura-cho), Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi, Japan.
Harumichi was so sickly child that he was told twice from a doctor that he would die young.
Actually, when he was 5 years old, Haruichi was stricken with measles and fell critically ill.
So, he could enter junior high school until 18.
Also, Harumichi was often dubbed “skinny”, because he was emaciated from his childhood.
Harumichi in his childhood. He was so emaciated that he was dubbed "skinny."
After he had a narrow escape from death, Harumichi had a serious desire to get a better body.
So, in his eighth year, Harumichi decided to become stronger.
He studied and practiced a huge number of physical health methods and body training systems of all ages and all countries.
As a result of his intensive research and practice, Harumichi developed his own body training method by incorporating Western weight training into the traditional idea of Japanese “Hara (Tanden)”.
Various styles of martial arts describe hara as being just below or directly behind the umbilicus.
In Japanese tradition, hara is considered to be the physical center of gravity of the human body and is the seat of one’s internal energy (qi, prana).
A master of Japanese calligraphy, swordsmanship, tea ceremony, martial arts, among other arts, is held in the Japanese tradition to be “acting from the hara.”
In the following figure, the point A represents navel, the point B represents the lower back and the point O represents the centre of the body.
Harumichi’s training method is characterized in straining the abdomen and lower back equally to concentrate all powers in the centre of the body at an accelerated pace.
Kyoken-jutsu transformed his body beyond recognition in just two years.
Harumichi retained nothing of the frail and skinny boy that he once was.
He turned into a man of strong build like an ancient Greek statue.
Harumichi practicing Kyoken-jutsu
Dramatically Improved Brain
Surprisingly, Kyoken-jutsu also made his brain dramatically sharper than before.
He entered three private universities at the same time, that is, the department of Law of Chuo University, the departments of political science and commercial science of the Meiji University, and the department of literature of Waseda University.
Waseda University, a Japanese private research university which Harumichi studied. Waseda consistently ranks among the most academically selective and prestigious universities in Japanese university rankings.
He did well enough at those universities.
Believe it or not, Harumichi handed in papers in 10-15 minutes and he got the highest grade in every exam.
In 1911, Harumichi had to pass the graduation examinations of the three universities at the same time, but he passed all of the exams easily.
He did not need to prepare for the exams, because he acquired a good memory through Kyoken-jutsu.
Actually, Harumichi went to listen to a Japanese lute recital the day before the exams.
He graduated all of the three universities in the top 3.
Certificates of graduation and awards which Harumichi received from the three universities.
Master every kind of Sports
Furthermore, Harumichi also excelled in sports.
While he was in the three universities, he was very active on various sports.
Especially, he founded a judo team at the Meiji University and he was chosen to be the first captain of the judo team.
Only four months after Harumichi began practicing judo, his master could not throw him.
When he concentrated all his powers in the centre of the body straightening his back, he became as steady as a rock.
So, even his master could not move Harumichi.
Furthermore, Harumichi analyzed various techniques of judo mechanically and geometrically.
As a result, he was able to tumble his opponent onto the floor by adjusting both of the angle of the foot and twisting angle of the waist, even if the opponent weighed nearly twice as much as him.
Also, at just the sight of techniques of his master, Harumichi was able to use the same techniques more brilliantly than his master.
Thus, he achieved the license of Takenouchi-ryu, the oldest jujutsu koryu in Japan in just six months after he began practicing judo.
Later, Kyuzo Mifune (1883-1965), the greatest exponents of the art of judo visited Harumichi to ask him for instruction.
Kyūzō Mifune, the greatest judo technician.
Furthermore, Harumichi excelled in Kendo, Japanese art of fencing too.
His techniques of thrusts never missed.
When Harumichi thrust his bamboo sword into an opponent, he was blown as far as 20 feet away, even if the opponent was a huge guy.
Harumichi perfected Japanese art of fencing, Judo, Japanese art of archery, javelin throwing, Japanese art of Naginata, bayonet exercise, shooting and so on.
His uncanny sporting ability was accomplished by the application of Kyoken-jutsu.
Later, American professional boxers, MacArthur "Mac" Foster (1942 – 2010) and Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) also learned the exercise of Kyoken-jutsu.
Muhammad Ali in 1967
Winning Fame by Publishing Books
After graduating universities, Harumichi published his first book, “Simplified Kyoken-jutsu.”
This book became a bestseller in Japan.
His next book “Kyoken-jutsu for mind and body” also sold fairly well so that it achieved over 100 impressions in a short time.
Furthermore, some of his books were read by Emperor Showa.
Thus, Kyoken-jutsu was a popular throughout Japan in the early 1900s.
A Fresh Recruit Feared by His Superior Officers
Several months later, Harumichi joined the 4th Guards Infantry Regiment of the Imperial Guards and he served as an accounting officer at a first lieutenant.
In the Imperial Japanese Army at that time, recruits received blows on a daily basis by their superior officers who intended to give them good workouts.
However, Harumichi never received any blow by his superior officers, because they were intimidated by Harumichi’s hardened body and spirit.
Harumichi dressed in a military uniform of the Imperial Guards. Even his superior officers feared Harumichi in the Imperial Japanese Army.
It was a miracle in the Imperial Japanese Army because the IJA was well known for the very hard military discipline and every recruit received blows by his superior officers.
Fight With Challengers from all over Japan
After Harumichi became widely known throughout Japan, challengers such as martial artists, grapplers and fighters visited one after another to challenge Harumichi.
When they challenged him to a fight, Harumichi said in a naturally standing posture,
You may attack me whenever and from anywhere you like.
At first, the challengers went around Harumichi trying to watch for a chance, but most of them felt completely outmatched and gave up without fighting him.
Nevertheless, one day, a fearless sumo wrestler rushed at Harumichi shaking his huge body.
However, at the moment the sumo wrestler touched Harumichi’s body, he was slammed to the ground easily.
Thus, Harumichi was a really invincible man.
Ageless Body and Power
Amazingly, even in his seventies, Harumichi kept as much strength and quickness compared to when he was young.
In 1954, an American auther and researcher of Zen Buddhism, Paul Reps (1895-1990) visited Harumichi.
Reps travelled around the world and spent a large amount of his time in Asia.
When he met Harumichi in his 70s, Reps was amazed to see his body and praised,
Harumichi looks like he is in his 30s!
He has gained a fascinating body that is unprecedented in the world.
Kyoken-jutsu is the best beautiful dance I have ever seen.
Also, when Harumichi met his friends after an interval over ten years, they all looked at him in amazement.
They said the same thing,
You haven’t changed at all.
Your face and body and everything is the same.
For these words, Harumichi used to answer as follows:
No, I have changed a lot.
I feel much stronger and greater than I was in my 20s and 30s when I devoted myself to building up my body.
My whole body from the shape, the color of the skin to strength is increasingly becoming better and I am increasingly becoming stronger.
Old Man over 70 vs Young Man with Herculean Strength
Furthermore, there is an anecdote showing the strength of Harumichi in his later life.
On a New Year’s day, Harumichi in his 70s had a contest of strength with a young man from the same village.
The young man was a fisherman who was feared by the village fishermen because of his Herculean strength.
According to Michio Hida, a grandchild of Harumichi, the situation at that time is as follows.
Harumichi threw out an arm in front of the young man.
The young man held Harumichi’s wrist firmly with his hands and he tried to move it as hard as he could in a variety of ways.
However, no matter how hard the young man tried, Harumichi’s arm was utterly unmoved.
Suddenly, Harumichi flung away the arms of the young man and then the young man was pinned to the floor.
Harumichi held him down applying pressure on his back with a hand.
Thus, the young Hercules totally surrendered to the old man over 70.
Gained a Divine Strength and Power
In 1917, Harumichi was adapted by his wife Hida's family in Yawatano, Tajima village (present Ito city), Tagata District, Shizuoka and he lived there.
He buried himself in the training and studies of Kyoken-jutsu.
On the night of June 18, 1923, Harumichi practiced Kyoken-jutsu feverishly in a 2-meter-square small hut.
Suddenly, the great power that he had never experienced before spouted from the center of the abdomen and lower back.
Harumichi was surprised by the power that came from the center of his body.
Then, he tried to stomp hard on the floor by his right foot, keeping the body posture.
Amazingly, Harumichi put his right foot through a sturdy floor one inch thick without feeling any resistance.
The part of the sturdy floor one inch thick punched out by Harumichi's right foot. The shape and the size of the part correspond to those of Harumichi's right foot.
Furthermore, when he trampled down the floor, Harumichi snapped off even a wooden floor joist.
The wooden floor joist that snapped off the floor.
In this way, the man who had been predicted twice by a doctor that he would die young gained a divine strength and power.
Harumichi became a superman.
Divine Power Hidden inside the Human Body
Harumichi discovered a divine power hidden in his body.
Of course, the same power is hidden deeply inside your body, too.
In his later years, Harumichi predicted that the divine science would draw such a divine power hidden in our body.
Actually, modern science drew the hidden power of the dead matters and they were transformed into cars, planes, computers and space rockets.
In the same way, divine science will draw the hidden power of human beings to transform into super humans with divine bodies and powers.
Someday, you may arouse your sleeping divine power inside your body and then you may become super humans such as Harumichi, when the Millennial Kingdom would be realized.
October 23, 2018
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- Harumichi Hida In Wikipedia.