Black Belt: Judo Skills and Techniques Hardcover – 26 May 2006
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"Black Belt" offers judo practitioners a comprehensive illustrated manual to the sport, taking them beyond the basic holds, throws and groundwork techniques, and exploring in detail the more advanced techniques (arm locks, joint locks, strangleholds etc.). Part 1 of the book covers the fundamentals of the sport, including its history and development, as well as the philosophy that underpins judo. Part 2 focuses on throwing techniques, and Part 3 looks at grappling techniques on the ground, including escapes and defences. The focus throughout is on developing and improving technique, particularly for competition. Each hold or technique features step-by-step photographs showing correct stance and technique and offering key points and tips. "Black Belt" is aimed at readers with some experience of judo, but is certain to appeal to all skill levels.
About the Author
Neil Ohlenkamp holds a rokudan rank (sixth degree black belt) in judo. Since 1968 his training has included experience as a student, active competitor, head instructor, national team coach and tournament official. He has been awarded black belt rank certificates by the United States Judo Association (USJA), United States Judo Federation (USJF), and the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He has been teaching judo classes since 1973, has been the head instructor of the Encino Judo Club since 1985, and has trained athletes and coaches in national conferences, training camps and clinics throughout the USA and internationally. He is widely recognized as a leader in the teaching and promotion of judo for sport and self-defence. Mr. Ohlenkamp has been certified by the United States Judo Association as an instructor, referee, master rank examiner, master coach (the highest level of certification), and he was named United States Judo Association Coach of the Year for 1999. Since 1995, his Judo Information Site (JudoInfo.com) has been one of the most popular and comprehensive sources of information about judo. Consultant Eddie Awford holds a fifth degree black belt, and is the Chairman and Technical Director of the British Judo Association's National Coaching Commission.
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This is my go to guide for all techniques that may be required upto black belt level.
The only sticking point is that there are no descriptions on how to perform any of the katas.
Over all this book is ideal for all, perfect for your martial arts library.
I liked the detailed pictures showing hand positions and the fact that he shows a number of variations for most throws. The variations show competition oriented and some rarely seen ways of doing the same throw. This enchances the learning experience guite a bit.
There is lot to read and learn about the principles behind the various waza so this book is a definite buy both for beginner and serious practitioner.
Best of all the paper is good and the price was low, so highly recommended.
Judo Unleashed is cheaper so unless you really want a hardback ??
I've now got 2 copies of the same book :( + theres no obvious way to tell from Amazon web site.