5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is obviously a historical account, it contains no waza, variations, or anything else of use for competition or training.
What this book does contain, is a well researched and written account of the complete history of Judo, from ancient Japan and the forerunners of Judo, to the modern age. This book should be of compulsory reading for all Dan ranks, as well as anyone who holds an interest in the history, formation, and expansion of Judo from its birth, to its current form.
The book contains chapters on the life of Kano, the birth of the Kodokan, its expansion, Judo in education, theoretical principles, the development of Judo through WWII, and post WWII, as well as others.
It is certainly the best book available in English on this subject, and has been well presented by Syd Hoare, a very experienced Judo player, and academic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2010
This is an excellent written and obviously well researched book. For Judo and Martial arts enthusiasts it is an essential text on the history and development of judo from the perspective of its founder Jigoro Kano.
I would recommend this book to all Judo players and martial artists.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2010
Extremely well researched, well written and full of insight into the early development of Judo from it's historic beginnings in Jiu-Jitsu, through to modern times.