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Fighting Judo [Hardcover]

Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki , Terence Donovan
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pelham Books; First Edition edition (2 Sep 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720715946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720715941
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 22.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,399,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author, a world champion in judo competition, demonstrates throws, holds, pins, turnovers, grabs, and entanglements, and discusses the finer points of mat work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars FIGHTING JUDO ...........Pure judo genius 22 Nov 2002
By Peter
Fighting Judo, by katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, is an advanced level book(for 2nd kyu upwards) which is pure judo from start to finish.
So many times i have purchased judo books that on first impressions look the business., but after taking out history, rules, glossary etc, etc the book has shed more than two thirds of its pages
Fighting Judo 130+ pages covers 64 Ne-Waza and Tachi-Waza techniques,with many variations and scenarios for each tecnique, superbly illustrated by Terence Donovan the photo's alone are probably the best you will ever get to see. The photos are easy to interpret, with many angles being shot for each move this combined with well written descriptions the book should grace every Judoka's bookshelf
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5.0 out of 5 stars unique 16 Jan 2008
By Koga
The best book on judo to date,published 1985.Not a book on how to learn Judo,but a manual of techniques written by a world champion.The
photographs,by the late Terrence Donnovan,are superb.
If you are a newaza specialist or a BJJ practioner then you need to read this book.Kashiwazaki was a groundwork specialist and this book gives an insight into his extensive array of techniques.
A unique book written by a unique man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perserverance! 28 Sep 2004
By Brian A. Glennon - Published on
This seminal work: FIGHTING JUDO (c. 1985) by Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, the 1981 World Judo Champion, is a useful work in many ways - not only did it present sixty-four excellent black & white photographs of sophisticated entries into Ne-waza, but also contained insight into the life-long training of an elite Japanese Judo champion while sharing some of his profound Judo philosophy.

In some ways, the author's memoirs contained in FIGHTING JUDO are just as instructive as the Newaza photographs, as Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki related that "If you have no natural talent you can progress with Ne-waza and progress in Ne-waza is more reliable" (p. 10) and how the Japanese sensei's believed "It is absolutely crucial to have a firm foundation in the basics before moving on to more advanced techniques" (p.10) In this way the Japanese distinguished the 'strong' Judoka from the 'champion' (p. 142).

While merely doing routine Judo randori in Japan, the author noted "When I was a high school boy, I broke my right elbow twice and my left elbow once, as well as various fingers and toes ..." (p. 141) and how he was ashamed that he only took second place in the All Japan High School Judo Championships. As an adult, after winning the 1981 World Championships in Maastricht Holland, Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki was bedridden partially paralyzed with an injured neck, another elbow injury, and massive headaches. Yet instead of retiring from Judo, he took a step-down and avoided entering the All Japan Judo Championships for a sixth time to compete in the international Kano Cup. Sporting old and fresh injuries equivalent to those received in a car crash, Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki took the gold medal in an international event that few American Judo players are even good enough to enter! A picture of the author's right hand is shown on page 74 exhibiting the swollen and disfigured fingers from the result of a life-time of Judo.

The powerful work, FIGHTING JUDO, contained photographs of exotic Ne-waza entries used by the author: the "Jumping kansetsu-waza [flying juji-gatame](p. 36-37); a one-armed tomoe-nage (p. 56-57); the Susu-jime (p. 76); Kami-jime (p. 77); Koshi-jime (p. 78); and Ashi-sangaku-garami (p.82) just to name a few of the 'tricks'. The author won ninety percent of his championships with Ne-waza.

The book FIGHTING JUDO would be useful in a college philosophy course as well as in any Judo training center. But this is no hagiography as the self-effacing World Champion Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki reflected: "I was the world champion for a minute; at the most for a day. So when you win a championship, enjoy it for one day, feel that you are a champion for one day. But no more" (p. 18).

As another example of innovative Ne-waza, please read FIGHTING JUDO along with VITAL JUDO (c.1973) by Isao Okano, BEST JUDO (c.1979) by Isao Inokuma, or 'OLYMPIC JUDO: Groundwork Techniques' (c.1986) by Neil Adams, and if used as a work of anecdotal philosophy, please read FIGHTING JUDO in conjunction with WANDERER (c. 1964, 1998) by Sterling Hayden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting Judo 26 Dec 2001
By Chris Walker - Published on
this is a review I found online and think it's quite accurate to my feelings. Get the book if you can find it at any cost.
Fighting Judo. Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki. Pelham Books, 1985. This is an inspiring book because, firstly, the photography in this book is matchless. No martial art book conveys the spirit of its art through photography better than this one. Secondly, its author is one of the premier grappling and sutemi waza specialists, and this book reflects his specialty. Thirdly, he is a bit of a philosopher, and it shows through in short sidebars throughout the book. His own story, in a brief chapter at the end, is inspiring, and shows that suffering, which is inherent in the sport aspect of Judo, produces a wisdom and a spirit and a character missing from those martial arts which dabble in the theory of movement without the suffering of defeat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Judo book ever 8 April 2004
By Ronald Meltzer - Published on
Kashiwazaki's Fighting Judo is the best Judo book ever written. I trained every technique in the book with Matsamura of the New York Athletic Club in private lessons. We went through the book about 3 or 4 times. There is a broad range of very effective techniques. The pages are nice and big and the photos and instructions allow you to follow along fairly easily. There are some beauties in there! This book is a must for all enthusiastic judoka.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic and classic advanced Judo book every serious Judo Ka should own. 18 Sep 2009
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on
This is not really a beginners book on Judo. The focus is on advanced techniques and tactics of Judo. This hardcover edition has, in my opinion, the clearest and best photographs I have ever seen in a Judo book. This great text covers 64 techniques in detail that the author has successfully used in his competitive Judo career. Like any martial arts book, one cannot learn the techniques with any degree of skill without training under a competent instructor at the same time. The real value

of this book is for the competitive advanced Judo player who has practiced the techniques shown in this text. In conclusion, this book has become a collectors item and would be of great value for any serious Judo player.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Techniques: Combat karate for the street).
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