2012-09-17 13:40:00

Russian Patriarch presents book about Sambo martial art founder Oschepkov

Tokyo, September 17, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia presented two books translated into the Japanese language in Tokyo on Sunday.

The first book, The Eternal Struggle by Anatoly Khlopetsky, is about the founder of the Sambo martial art, Vasily Oschepkov, a pupil to St. Nicholas of Japan (Kasatkin), a Russian priest who brought Orthodox life to Japan.

Archpriest Nicholas of Japan once blessed Oschepkov to study at the Kodokan Judo Institute and to become the first ever foreigner to have graduated from the world judo center and to score amazing achievements in this martial art. Back in Russia Oshchepkov founded the Russian martial art and combat sport Sambo.

The book was co-authored by the Russian Patriarch.

Khlopetsky, who is the honorary president of the Sambo Federation in the Kaliningrad Region, told Interfax-Religion that the book had a print run of 100,000 copies in Russia and that he plans to organize a Russian-Japanese theater project devoted to Oschepkov.

Patriarch Kirill also presented his own book, titled Freedom and Responsibility: In Search for Harmony. Human Rights and Human Dignity, which is a collection of speeches and essays, written at different times and dealing with the Christian understanding of human rights and liberties.