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Tai-otoshi (Judo Masterclass Techniques) [Paperback]

Neil Adams
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1 Sep 1996 Judo Masterclass Techniques
Tai-otoshi is one of the most classical of all judo throws. It is a technique in which one's whole body is used to make the throw work--and when successful, the effect is both beautiful and devastating.

It is a tribute to the very nature of the throw that it has survived over years the fashions, wrestling techniques and all the new tricks that have been introduced to win competitions.

Although well known for his effective uchimata and unstoppable armlocks, Neil Adams regards tai-otoshi as his tokui-waza--favorite technique. Throughout his career Adams used this technique time and again to throw players of the very highest calibre for ippon. In fact, his very last throw (and his very last ippon) in his long and illustrious career was tai-otoshi.

In his comprehensive survey of the development and the evolution of tai-otoshi Adams emphasises the importance of rhythm, balance, timing and proper positioning. To Adams this is what good judo is all about.

This innovative exposition is a welcome addition to the Masterclass Techniques series. As with all books in this series there are excellent contest photographs--many of them featuring Adams himself--from the superb collection of judo photographer David Finch.


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ippon Books (1 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874572216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874572213
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential judo reference 7 Mar 2000
By A Customer
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy IT!!!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Teaching on this Technique 19 Mar 2007
By Shane - Published on Amazon.com
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.

Contents:
A Personal View
History of Tai-Otoshi
The Basics
Variations
Combinations and Counters
Training
Competition Tai-Otoshi
Epilogue

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very technical 28 July 2013
By Wannabe - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Yup. A whole book on it. 3 Sep 2014
By Richard Diebold - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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