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Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art Paperback – 1 Apr 1983


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications (1 April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897500881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897500883
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 14.8 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some of the basic history, theory, and philosophy of jujitsu, along with an explanation of ki and how it's used is explained in this book. It outlines the circle theory, the use of ki as an essential element, the basic mechanics of jujitsu, how techniques should be practiced and executed, what attitude should be maintained, and how theory should be applied to the learning of techniques. It's true of jujitsu that what appears to be simple on the surface becomes more complex as one probes deeper. As one's knowledge increases, the serious student will find more than meets the casual eye.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 1998
Format: Paperback
While I am not an authority on Jujitsu, or martial art books, I found this to exactly what the title promised. Kirby does a good job explaining the basics of each technique and the pictures are of good quality. The variety of throws shown are simple enough for the beginner to follow and execute if the have a good sense of balance. The techniques for the most part are also very practical for use in a variety of situations.Some of the locks are difficult to see but the book would have to be much larger for those type of pictures to really prove useful. I feel for the person who is interested in learning basic throws and submission locks, this is an excellent starting point.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 2000
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The throws and locks, shown clearly and explained well in this book are very effective as self-defense. With much experience of Judo, i can say that some of these techniques are extrememly difficult to apply with out practice. Use this book in conjunction with training at a club!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 1999
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I like George's execution of locks and throws. While this book is good for beginners, I'd highly recommend the sequel to this book. That is a great reference for effective locks and throws.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cisco on 21 April 2013
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Pros
- Well explained techniques (in words)
- Good advices

Cons
- Many pictures are totally confusing
- Lack of close ups
- You need to buy Volume II at some point
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Good Introduction to Stand-up Jujitsu 23 May 2002
By Randy D. Strausbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book does not teach Brazilian jujitsu. Understand that from the start. What it does teach is a variety of stand-up oriented holds, locks, and throws. While it does cover a little groundwork, the bulk of the book deals with self-defense situations which might typically occur on the street. It has been said that 95% of all streetfights end up on the ground. I think that it's safe to say that 100% of all streetfights start out standing up. The techniques in this book represent possible responses to that initial encounter. The text is clear, the photos are good, and the techniques are sound. While this is not the end-all of self-defense texts, it is a good place to start.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Primer on Jujitsu for self-defense 12 May 2003
By michael hobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for ufc style grappling, you may want to look elsewhere. This book features traditional (read "stand-up") jujitsu techniques.

I'd recommend Basic Techniques to students of jujitsu (obviously), hapkido, judo, aikido, or sambo. It is a good step by step dictionary of (mostly) standing techniques, clearly photographed and well explained. I don't know how useful this book would be to beginning individuals who don't have a partner with whom to practice, or someone who can guide them through the many nuances of the techniques, which, while subtle, are essential to proper and safe execution.

On the other hand, if you do have experience with judo or a grappling art, you should be able to acquire new techniques and/or variations of what you are already practicing, and use this book as a source of new ideas.

A last caveat: although blocking, striking and kicking are aspects of jujitsu, these are not covered in Basic Techniques. A hip throw can be a good finish, but blocking/parrying the attack and counterstriking to unbalance the opponent and set up that sweet hip throw may be the difference between failure and success. Don't despair though, just about any hard art can be successfully grafted to these core jujitsu techniques to create countless variations and allow flexibility of response.

For price (bang for buck), practicality of techniques, and clarity of both photography and explanations, the book merits five stars.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I feel this book was a good introduction to Jujitsu 22 May 1998
By Ronnie Kissire (KissirR@jcdc.jobcorps.org) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While I am not an authority on Jujitsu, or martial art books, I found this to exactly what the title promised. Kirby does a good job explaining the basics of each technique and the pictures are of good quality. The variety of throws shown are simple enough for the beginner to follow and execute if the have a good sense of balance. The techniques for the most part are also very practical for use in a variety of situations.Some of the locks are difficult to see but the book would have to be much larger for those type of pictures to really prove useful. I feel for the person who is interested in learning basic throws and submission locks, this is an excellent starting point.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book for Beginners and those interested in the art 5 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was overall a well done book. There are hardly any good holds or grappling techniques in this book. But there are a lot of great throws, and all the moves are mapped out in very well described and easy to fallow instuctions.There is also so much good information for beginners and those that are just interested in the art.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't dump on a martial arts book before practicing 18 Feb 2001
By Conor J. Petren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what it says- a book of basic techniques in Ju-jit-su. These are the techniques I've been taught and after practicing them for a couple years they do become second-nature and they are useful for practical self-defense. This is the way it is with all martial arts. People who read this book should understand that these techniques do require serious study and practice- as such, this book is really only useful as an accompaniment to a ju-jit-su class. Don't read the book and expect to be able to defend yourself, you will be sorely disappointed.
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