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A very well laid out, detailed and informative book,
This review is from: Kodokan Judo (Paperback)
This book is very well laid out diagramatically, showing step by step each move pictorally with a running explanation beside the pictures. It explains simply the tenets of Judo at the beginning, and shows you the system in what I believe to be kata order (I never did katas at my Judo class, it wasn't taught like that...). The book explains well the entry, footwork and movement (momentum) behind the throws and because of these explanations in terms of principles I feel that this book would lend itself to "real life" usage.
The one thing I would prefer is not having to memorise the Japanese names for things in order to read the book, though it really is a minor point.
In summary, this would be an excellent reference book for somebody studying Judo, and a good book for somebody looking to transition or throw a little into the mix. Of course it is only useful with actual training, as with any book.