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Judo in Action: Grappling Techniques Paperback – 1 Jun 1973


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well beyond cost-effective 30 Oct. 2008
By Joseph C. McDaniel - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an exemplar of the golden age of martial arts texts. The black and white photography is crystal clear, and there are stop action photos from every angle.

The author was a direct student of Jigoro Kano, and that shows before page one, in the quotation about perfecting yourself and contributing something of value to the world.

That's one of the reasons that judo and karate have flourished in the United States; the cornerstones of martial arts here in the United States started with perfection of character and moved from that point to technique.

In this little volume, the photographs are as clear as though the book were tabletop sized.

The book has a mass of information, including tips to get better results and common mistakes.

This is a book about the grappling techniques used in sport judo, and that is the focus of the book. If you're looking for a book about crushing throats or breaking necks and sentry stalking, look at book about World War II combatives, not here. Mind you, if you get a little frisky in competitions, you can hurt your opponent with these techniques, but that's not the goal of this book, which is designed to assist you in sport competition (where hurting your opponent tends to leave you without willing opponents, and you can't progress without training partners).

This is a breathtakingly beautiful and encyclopedic pictoral essay about grappling techniques used in sport judo (it's a rough sport, but it's a sport).

The currently-famous BJJ versions of this discipline spring from exactly the same roots as the techniques shown in this book. If you're studying BJJ, you may want to review this because the emphasis is a little different, and you may pick up one or two techniques that aren't frequently encountered in your competitions (and having an extra waza in your bag 'o tricks never hurts).

For those interested in sport judo, this is an excellent resource. For those interesting in seeing if they can find a new trick for street defense, this is a fully stocked larder; you'll need to sift, but this is pure gold. Note that using grappling in street defense is sometimes criticized as exposing you to the attacks of the friends of your opponent. On the other hand, if things went wonky and you're on the ground, having practiced these techniques could get you out of a tight spot.

The price-per-technique ratio here is great, and the quality of exposition is also world class.

Frankly, the only way you can go wrong with this book is if you want to learn dog grooming and get this book by mistake.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on groundwork 13 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Whether your an experienced fighter, or a beginner looking for a guide, this book is an excellent reference. It covers critical pins, holds, and submissions, and is very clearly and authoritatively written.
For afficionados of groundwork this book is a must!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensei Kudo's book teaches each time it is read. 8 Oct. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Sensei Kudo's book has remained a complete and useful reference for ne-waza in spite of the many, many volumes written and published even since 1977 when this book went out of print. Skillful use of photographs and his consice explanation teach something new each time the book is opened. In fact it is possible to 'see' something totally new even after having read and studied a particular technique several times by reading again his book. Comparing his approach to others requires that you accept these as posed photographs staged to demonstrate each technique, and a realization that competition may alter the application of each technique certainly to adapt it to a particular situation, but each technique as it is explained contains worlds of knowledge - it simply is up to the READER to extract that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to improve your grappling skills! 21 April 2007
By Shawn Kovacich - Published on Amazon.com
Being the author of several books on the martial arts and fighting, I am always looking for books of exceptional quality to add to my library. If I have a book in my library, it's definitely worth owning. One such book is Kazuzo Kudo's, "Judo In Action; Grappling Techniques."

This is really an outstanding book for the way it focuses on the various aspects of grappling with an opponent while on the ground. I was particularly impressed with the layout and design of this book. Very easy to follow and understand. Here are some of the key points that this book focuses on.

1. Fundamentals:

The author starts out be explaining exactly what constitutes a grappling technique and how in Judo that grappling and throwing techniques are much like the front and rear wheels of an automobile in that they work best when combined with one another.

The author also explains the importance of utilizing your entire body correctly and in unison when learning, practicing, and executing not only the techniques explained in this book, but all techniques regardless of what they are.

This section finishes up with photographs and detailed explanations on how to execute numerous warm-up exercises.

2. Pinning Techniques:

This section covers a lot of the basic principles and concepts that you should not only be aware of, but should also strive to apply when faced with a grappling situation while on the ground. It also covers some very good training rules that should be adhered to too the letter in order to optimize your training time and to avoid injuries to both you and your training partner. It then follows up with approximately 12 various pinning techniques.

3. Strangle Techniques:

Just like the previous section on pinning techniques, this section covers a lot of the basic principles and concepts that you should not only be aware of, but should also strive to apply when faced with a grappling situation while on the ground. It also covers some very good training rules that should be adhered to too the letter in order to optimize your training time and to avoid injuries to both you and your training partner. It then follows up with approximately 20 various strangling techniques.

4. Joint Techniques:

Just like the previous two sections on pinning and strangling techniques, this section covers a lot of the basic principles and concepts that you should not only be aware of, but should also strive to apply when faced with a grappling situation while on the ground. It also covers some very good training rules that should be adhered to too the letter in order to optimize your training time and to avoid injuries to both you and your training partner. It then follows up with approximately 13 various joint locking techniques.

5. Getting into the Grappling Techniques:

This section was very good in showing you how to get into the grappling position on the ground. This is very similar to learning how to enter into your opponent's body before actually executing a throw. This section was very informative and I really learned a quite a bit from it, as well as the rest of the material in this book.

Each one of the sections which focused on the physical techniques (sections 2, 3, and 4) followed the same six (6) point guideline when explaining each of the techniques contained in their respective sections. These six points are as follows:

a. General Gist of the Technique

b. The Right Moment

c. Pinning, Strangling, or Holding

d. Special Hints

e. Vital or Key Points

f. Escapes

The entire book was literally full of great photographs which really detailed the techniques for you, and combined with the detailed text, made it very easy to learn from. The presentation of the material in this book is nothing short of excellent and it a definitive benchmark in the way any martial arts book should be presented.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll come back to it again and again 14 Jun. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Being out of print, this book is worth the high price. The author really understands the fundmental of grappling and each technique, and believe me whether you are a beginner or advanced practioner you can learn something new every time you refer to this book after a practice session. It worked for me.
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