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Competitive Judo: Winning Training and Tactics [Paperback]

Pat Burris , Ron Angus

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Dec 2006
Aimed at Intermediate to Advanced level Judo competitors. Includes everything needed to prepare for and participate in judo matches, based on the experiences of top judo participants from around the world. Provides readers with a solid understanding of competitive judo, then teaches how to use specific techniques and tactics to succeed in competition. Covers effective match fighting styles, speed development, psychological strength and solid conditioning.

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Ron Angus is a Black Belt and has practiced Judo for 42 years. He has been both an athlete and coach, having competed at four commonwealth games and many major competitions. He was the New Zealand National Team coach for 12 years, coaching the team at three world championships and the Olympic games.

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The modern sport form of judo has evolved from having a martial art emphasis on traditions and philosophy to having an emphasis on match competition based on sport science and structured rules. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Fighter's Book Available 7 Nov 2005
By Plotinus - Published on
This is a book that every Judo and Grappling competitor/fighter needs. It focusses on the techniques and tactics that are most effective for winning, and most 'deadly'. The author uses his vast knowledge of and experience in Judo, Sambo and Grappling coupled with modern scientific analyses to construct a secure recipe for success. There is a vast wealth of knowledge poured into this volume, enough to more than satisfy even the most avid student of the combat arts. At the heart of the book are its winning moves: throws and submission techniques, each one categorized, analyzed, scrutinized, described and presented so as to enable the reader in the most efficient way possible to use them to defeat challengers. Every stage of combat is covered in great detail, as are strategies, combinations, fight-training, exercises, the psyche, and even how to use the referees and rules to one's own advantage. The style of the writing is very readable and interesting, so it is very much a book to be enjoyed. Besides Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Judo and Sambo stylists, Mixed-Martial-Arts competitors stand to benefit greatly from this book - to gain insight, skill and theory for their grappling game. Knowledge that took experts lifetimes to develop and test is presented here for us. For the grappler who wants to win, it is a definite must-read. Very impressive and hard to put-down!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Other Sports Judo Books Tap Out to Competitive Judo 31 Aug 2006
By Brisbin - Published on
This book definitely fills a void in the literature of modern judo fighting. I say "judo fighting," because there is little in current national and international competition that resembles judo as "the gentle way." Admittedly "gentle" is a misnomer for the term "Ju".

Written for elite players, a small niche audience here in North America, the book is a worthwhile study in training methods and strategies to be successful in the rarefied world of Olympic-style judo.

The author, Mr. Angus, goes into detail on the importance of knowing the rules of the game, and then "being able to use the rules to your advantage, how to develop a match plan with the skills that are right for you and how to get the most out of training."

Attention is given to grip fighting as one of the gates to winning. In my personal opinion, as a continuing student of judo with far less competition experience than the author (but with years of experience in judo), an over-emphasis on grip fighting is ultimately harmful to the sport at any level. The author underlines the challenges of grip fighting by including a photo of his hands after 30 years of fighting for grips. It is apparent that gripfights have taken their toll on his joints.

Overall, a very educational look at elite judo. One small suggestion for improvement in any subsequent editions would be to edit the Japanese judo terms: the frequent misspellings of the techniques are slightly distracting from an otherwise fine book. Recommended reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coaching for the serious competitior 13 Aug 2008
By Luther - Published on
I'm very impressed by Mr. Angus work. There is no book like this on the market. The author explains the training strategies that will take you to the next level, but contrary to other books, he gives you specific examples and a detailed break down.

This book will be worth to bjj players as well (I'm a bjj purple belt and occasionally judo player) because it addresses basics, yet fundamental, problems of competitors:

- how should I train out of season?
- how should I train in-season?
- how to peak for competition?
- what should I think during competition?
- what should I do when the fight is restarted?

There is also actual technique content, like the setups section, but the book is obviously more oriented on coaching. All this is very well done and organized.

Let's talk about the (little) bad:
- occasional not too serious spelling errors
- occasional annoying description errors (like left in place of right)
- the book could have been longer

Why I give it 5 stars?

This book is unique, it condenses in one place topics difficult to find and very useful for the serious amateur. The little problems don't really detract from the good content. I just wish the book was longer because some topics would benefit from an expanded treatment.

Recommended to the serious competitor.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ron Angus a true professional Judoka 31 Oct 2012
By John P. Splingaerd - Published on
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I have worked out with Ron Angus in Canada and he is a true gentleman. A very clean fighter and when you gain an advantage on him, he concedes it like a gentleman. (I should say that if anyone is able to gain an advantage on Angus, he is a lucky man!). It was a pleasure to meet and work with Ron Angus so I wanted to have a copy of his book. Ron is a professional Judoka who has given up other opportunities in life to dedicate himself to Judo.
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Judoka's library 11 Oct 2011
By Training Director - Published on
Excellent book that should be in every judoka's library - especially active competitors. Reading about judo tactics and techniques is an important part of pre-competition mental preparation.
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