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Best Judo [Paperback]

Isao Inokuma , Nobuyoki Sato
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1 Mar 1987
This judo text is written in easy-to-follow language and illustrated with action photographs. It describes all basic and intermediate level techniques. This book is the joint effort of two of Japan's foremost judo instructors. Isao Inokuma and Nobuyuki Sato have also been world-class judo champions, and their advice and enthusiasm have helped train countless other judo practitioners. Among their students is the sensational Yasuhiro Yamashita, who captured the All-Japan Judo Championship nine times in a row from 1977 to 1985. Now, with Best Judo, their winning methods

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; New edition edition (1 Mar 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870117866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870117862
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 18.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ISAO INOKUMA is a professor of physical education at Tokai University, standing trustee of International Budo University, an international refree, and a member of the supporting committee of the All-Japan Judo Federation. He twice won the All-Japan Judo Championship and was the gold medal winner in the heavyweight division of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He also won the open category in the Fourth World Judo Championships.
NOBUYUKI SATO is a professor of physical education at Tokai University. Winner of the All-Japan Judo Championship in 1974 and the light-heavyweight titles of the Fifth and Eighth World Judo Championships, he is a member of the supporting committee of the All-Japan Judo Federation.

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People who see judo contests at an arena or on television marvel at the grace and the fluidity of judo techniques or at the speed and energy of the throws. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written by the great minds in the game. 24 April 1999
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This book is ideal for the judoka regardless of his/her experience. The book focuses on showing the techniques with action photos rather than on long passages of text that would bore the reader. It also contains a handy section on physical conditioning for the judoka which is essential for maximizing progress in a very physically demanding sport. The essays, at the back of the book, about the authors and Yamashita's experiences in judo are most inspirational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 20 Feb 2012
By davbay
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This is an excellent book. The photographs, despite being black and white and a little old are very good and easy enough to understand. The book is rich in detail for the advanced yet simple and well presented for beginners like me. The throws and other techniques are broken down in detail yet concise enough to not be laborious. As previously mentioned the essays included are inspirational and the section on fitness training is also very good. I'm very glad I bought this book (hardback) and am sure it will serve me well. David Baylay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The superlative Judo book 13 Dec 2011
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This book does not include every throw, every ground technique or any katas. There are some elements of judo which are not in the book. But if I had to choose one book for a judoka to own on judo, this would be it.
The photos of perfectly executed technique will help you to understand the techniques better and do the techniques better. The section of combos will also, to put it simply, give you the tools to become a better judoka.
It was a few months before I actually went through and read the essays at the end of the book about what the spirit of judo meant to the authors, but when I did it really affected me. In the end, in the same way they were able to reduce the techniques down to the essential information with photos, these essays get right to the heart of why and how judo should be practiced.
If you practice judo, you should have this book.
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