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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ippon Books (1 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874572216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874572213
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 0.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2000
I brought this book from Neil himself at the 1999 Southern Area seminar.
I would rate this as absolutely essential, both for coaches and athletes. Neil takes us through various different styles of tai-otoshi, counters and combinations, and training methods. Brilliantly illustrated too, with some good contest pictures.
No judo library can be without this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aj Sutton on 5 Dec. 2011
This book is just under 100 pages long, and is filled with high quality photographs showing the many techniques and ideas that are described in the book. In all cases these photographs are accompanied with the author's comments which are also detailed, insightful, and to the point.

The book begins with short chapters giving Neil's personal view of the technique and then a chapter on its history. While of interest it isn't until the 3rd chapter that the book really gets started.

Chapter 3 entitled the basics predominantely describes how the grips and posture are integral to the tai-otoshi technique. The section on grips is particularly interesting in that it describes how to break the opponent's grip, and how to handle an opponent that has taken either an upper or under grip. Issues related to posture covered in this chapter include the position of the head, legs, and arms.

The next chapter entitled Variations describes the many different ways that tai-otoshi may be applied. These include the trailing, pulling, and sideways tai-otoshi, different variations depending on the grips, as well as broader variations, such as those that target the wrong leg, the wide-split, and jumping tai-otoshi.

The next chapter covers combinations and shows how tai-otoshi can be implemented in combination with other techniques. Many of the combinations end with a tai-otoshi although a couple of examples of how tai-otoshi can set up other techniques are also provided. This chapter is followed by a chapter on defences and counters which as the name suggests, describes some defences to tai-otoshi.

A chapter on training for tai-otoshi follows, and includes a particularly interesting idea for training the technique one handed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MR T A MANSFIELD on 22 Nov. 2005
This book is brilliant. It shows clearly how the trow works and tonnes of variations of the throw for every situation. Neil Adam was a one of the greatest judo players ever and now you can learn his favourite technique the way he would preform it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Great Teaching on this Technique 19 Mar. 2007
By Shane - Published on
I am a big fan of the Master Class series. This book is written by a great judo player from England named Neil Adams. I had the privilege of training under him in 1994 and have found his insights extremely valuable. In this book, he overviews the history of this move and its current evolutionary forms.

A Personal View
History of Tai-Otoshi
The Basics
Combinations and Counters
Competition Tai-Otoshi

Beside each variation, there are pictures to aid in helping you practice this move at your club. I used this book to help me grow and adapt my tai-otoshi for the international level. I really enjoy the set up of these books and have found them quite helpful. I highly recommend that each club have a copy on hand.
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Yup. A whole book on it. 3 Sept. 2014
By Richard Diebold - Published on
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Tai-Otoshi has been my favorite technique since starting Judo four years ago and I was excited to see a whole book dedicated to the throw. The Masterclass books are really something else. Neil Adams has one of the best Tai-Otoshi's the sport has ever seen and this book gives you a handful of tools to use for improving your Judo.
Very technical 28 July 2013
By Wannabe - Published on
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Participating in Judo/Jiu Jitsu for a few years now I am finally getting to the point where I am beginning to discover and focus upon my natural throws, and the one at the top of the list is Tai Otoshi. After working through many of my other books, YouTube videos, and other references, I tentatively decided to spend the money on this book. Despite the fact that it is fairly short in pages, the book is crammed full of wonderful basics, which are if utmost importance in martial arts, well as nicely illustrated technique variations. If you are even remotely interested in improving your Tai Otoshi, THIS IS THE BOOK that you want!
Some Confusion 23 Nov. 2014
By John Steuterman - Published on
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If you have a foundation in judo
This book is helpful

What has not been helpful are the photos: Neil Adams and his uki closely resemble each other and it is time consuming to sort out who is uki and tori
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