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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, 27 May 2012
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This review is from: The Throws and Takedowns of Judo (Take Downs & Throws) (Paperback)
An obvious question is, who is this book for?

For judo fighters to adapt judo for self-defence, or as a general introduction to judo etc.

From what is said in the introduction, the book seems primarily aimed at those interested in self-defence, and martial artists not experienced in judo. (Even more specifically, the introduction suggests that the main audience is the martial artist with experience in traditional striking martial arts, but who have been attracted grappling arts since the UFC. And the main point of the book is: don't focus only on groundwork and forget the throws.)

From this point of view, however, the book doesn't have much value. Arguably, the main point of the book is, you can't learn judo from a book. You need to go to a judo club.

If you have some experience of judo, there is some discussion of how techniques can be used/adapted for self-defence which may be of interest, but there isn't that much. It may have some value though - for example, his choice of throws for self-defence, and reasons for choosing them, is interesting. But, generally, it isn't great. And it is very short.

The chapters are: Introduction. Balance, stance and grip. Tai otoshi. Ippon Shionagi. Ogoshi. Osoto gari. O uchi gari. Ko uchi gari. Harai goshi. uchimata. Hiza garuma.

As a general book on judo, Mastering Judo (Mastering Martial Arts Series) is much better.

As a book on how to apply judo to self-defence, Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced Throws, Takedowns, and Ground Fighting Techniques is much better. Strictly speaking, this is judo for MMA rather than self-defence, but obviously the techniques can be used for self-defence too.

Both books are more expensive than the Thompson one, but they are better value for money.
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