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Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano [Paperback]

Jigoro Kano
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27 Sep 2013
Judo, or the Way of Gentleness, an ideal form of physical exercise and a reliable system, of self-defense, was specially created from traditional Japanese martial arts. This book by the creator of Kodokan judo is uniquely comprehensive and the most authoritative guide to this martial art ever published. Over a hundred years ago Jigoro Kano mastered swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat. Failing to discover any underlying principle, he set about designing a new martial art to reflect the concept of maximum efficiency in the use of physical and mental energy. Today, the concepts and techniques of judo taught at the Kodokan are the ones originally devised by their creator and collected together in this book. Covering everything from the fundamental techniques to prearranged formal exercises for both men and women, the book offers detailed explanations of how techniques are combined in two types of practice: randori (free practice) and kata (the practice of forms). In addition to a discussion of traditional methods of resuscitation, the book concludes with a useful appendix of information on the founder and the Kodokan International Judo Center, and a glossary of judo terminology. Fully illustrated throughout, Kodokan Judo will help students and instructors everywhere to discover the principles, techniques, and spirit of this popular martial art.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; Reprint edition (27 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156836539X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568365398
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 18.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JIGORO KANO, born in 1860 in Hyogo Prefecture, created Kodokan judo in 1882, the year after he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University. In 1969 he became the first Japanese member of the International Olympic Committee. Jigoro Kano died at sea in 1938 while returning from an IOC meeting in Cairo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The definative judo guide! 16 May 1999
By A Customer
A useful guide for beginner to black belt regardless of the organisation or grading syllabus. Although it has been around for some time it is still totally relevant. An all round guide of throws, hold-downs, armlocks, strangles and most katas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK GREAT PHOTOS 8 Oct 2007
Firstly this book shows great photos of the Kodokan masters at work (Kano and Mifune) it also gives detailed analysis's of each Kodokan recognised throw. The problem some people may have is that it dosent give info on non recognised Kodokan throws, (te guruma, pick up variations) and the ne waza section only shows basic holds locks and chokes without information on how to apply these techniques on a resisting opponent. But what is explained (not in much detail however) is that atemi waza(striking) IS a part of judo and can not be ignored, which unfortunatly is happening today. Also a good section on Kata and healing methods for comman injuries from Judo practice is included. All in all, a good book which every Judoka should consider!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you looking for judo, this is what you want 7 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Judo is a good sport and if you're doing it this book shows you all the moves plus resuscitation techniques. This book is just perfect for juniors or adults. It shows you which way to break the balance (very handy) and is written by Professor Kano the creator of judo itself.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in judo.
Jack Bentley (age 10)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Founders 31 Oct 2011
This books is just phenomenal

Its written by Kano and has been updated since.
You have to read this to really take in what a genius the man was and how much he put into Judo.
It only enhances respect for him.

From how to approach judo, how to fold your judogi correctly to the full techniques and kata, it has everything.
Compulsory reading for any judoka.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive work on the subject. 25 May 1998
By A Customer
Master Kano presents a complete, accessible, overview of the wildly-popular modern martial art and sport that he created from the relatively unstructured world of old-school Japanese Jujutsu. All judoka and modern jujutsu practitioners should add this to their library!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the original version! 22 Sep 2006
By M Buhl
Just a few comments, as I saw this book has 5 stars:

Several things have been changed, compared to the original

edition, and although one may find them minor, I believe them

to be significant. The translation of Kodokans motto par example:

The vital part is "conveniently forgotten", and many formulations

bear the same mark; strength is over-emphasized, technique close

to being ignored. So, 5 stars to First Edition, and minus 2 stars

for leaving out the hall-marks of Judo in this newer edition.

Fortunately, winds seem to change in Kodokan now, so maybe a

third, "un-revised", edition is on its way?
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Great book for practicing judoka and new starters to the art. I refer to this book on a regular basis and recommend that there is at leak one at every dojo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Learning Resource. 24 Dec 2012
By Andy
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Its a great book, fantastic learning resource for revision of Technique but as I was always told; "You need to be doing the sport to learn the sport".
The Illustrations are in fantastic detail, the explanations are very detailed. To me I prefer books to Videos when it comes to martial arts, because you
can watch a video all you want, I'll only contain so much information. That being said; its the same for a book, you'll only learn what you practice but
the difference between a video and a book is; A book is portable and you can take it to the Dojo wih you.

Along with Toshiro Daigo's book its a great way to revise, I wish I had Toshiro Daigo's book but as I can't find it anywhere for a price that isn't extortionate
I'd settle for having one rather than both.

Another note is; The best advice you'll get is from your Master, you'll learn certain techniques that have been passed down from Master to Master which
will add up and eventually you'll pass them on to another along with your own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have item!
This is a very good book. It contains everything (regarding judo of course). Well balanced introduction and philosophy part. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by icorak
5.0 out of 5 stars Kodokan Judo
This is probably the best book ever written on judo .It is very informative not just on the basics but also on the history of judo and the more advanced techniques. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by Karate-one
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful book
Very useful book but mainly for people who train judo not for competition. It gives wider perspective of some techniques and provides deeper understanding of the judo as a complete... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by mwol
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book for Judo players
If you do Judo and looking for a reference book this is excellent. It is a bit old fashioned though, thats the only issue i might bring up with it. Read more
Published on 27 May 2009 by Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kodokan Judo
Jigoro Kano was the Founder of Judo. This is the worlds best Judo book. The techniques are both beautiful & extremely effective. If you want real Judo this is the book to buy.
Published on 28 Sep 2006 by Phillip Bastians
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well laid out, detailed and informative book
This book is very well laid out diagramatically, showing step by step each move pictorally with a running explanation beside the pictures. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2006 by L. Vinton
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, relevant and interesting book of Judo.
A great start for beginners or anyone for that matter. Really interesting and instructive it is well worth it. would interest anyone in the amazing art of Judo. Read more
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