It may seem strange to many that someone like myself, who devotes himself entirely to the study & practice of Karate, should read this book, let alone write a review on it.
Well, it's a great book, yes it really is!! I can't understand why anyone hasn't written a review about it yet, especially as it is written by the founding father of what we commonly call Judo today. The very man who brought Judo to the Olympics & the world.
This book isn't entirely about Judo 'though. Yes, it gives us a clear history of how it came into being in the early part of the 20th century & the problems that Kano Sensei encountered. How he single handed & studiously developed a proper system of teaching the art from an ancient Japanese fighting system that had previously been passed down by word of mouth & by mindlessly copying the teacher without any real explanation.
More than that he gives us inspiration & courage to go out & try something difficult & different that we've set our hearts upon doing like Judo or Karate & shows us that by persisting with our chosen task we can improve & strengthen our spirit, determination & character.
This isn't just a book for Judo-ka & Judo enthusiasts; it would be very suitable for all martial artists everywhere.