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Just Ju-Jitsu Paperback – 28 Jul 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (28 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861268491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861268495
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken Cole is a fifth dan in ju-jitsu and has nearly thirty years' experience of the martial arts including not only ju-jitsu but also judo and aikido. He has fought at both college and national level at judo and has taught self-defence to officers in the West Midlands Police Force. Ken teaches ju-jitsu at two clubs in the Midlands and is a service police officer with the Staffordshire Police.


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Interesting book, hard to imagine a beginner finding it as useful as a seasoned martial artist though.

The book is well written with an interesting section on Ju-Jitsu and the law. The author is a policeman so you can be sure of its accuracy.

I haven't trained in 12 years due to injury but am starting again and find it very useful as a ready reference for a lot of things long rusty or forgotten. The book is well indexed so finding a defence shouldn't be a problem, unless you know the moves as something different to what the authors been taught.

It comfortably takes you through the different belts white to black and roughly what you should be capable of at each level. The explainations can be difficult to follow but with careful examination of the many photos you should grasp what he's trying to put across.

There is also a neat section on strike points and whether they are soft medium or hard targets, so you can work out easily what strike for which target rather nicely. All in all a good book, but a bit of knowledge of the basics would help before reading it.
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Just Ju-Jitsu is an excellent, very readable revision guide for practitioners of traditional JAPANESE Ju-Jitsu. Each technique for each grading belt is clearly described and accompanying photo's illustrate the salient points. The black and white photo's - printed amongst the text on matte paper - aren't brilliant quality and they don't illustrate every aspect of each technique, but the detailed text description combined with the photo's produces a very intelligible and coherent combination.

The book is well indexed, with English names for each "move" which helps easily locate techniques from your particular style or club syllabus that may occur on a different belt or grading point than Ken Cole's grading structure. The book is very comprehensive and some moves described here may not be included in your club syllabus, which makes it all the more interesting.

Whatever level of the JAPANESE syllabus you've reached, you will find this book useful for revisting and perfecting techniques you have covered and an excellent companion as you journey onwards and upwards to higher grades.

Two notes of caution. Firstly, this is not a "teach yourself" book: it's squarely aimed at those already involved with Ju-Jitsu. which is an activity requiring a training partner and which - arguably - cannot be safely or effectively self-taught. Secondly, this covers the JAPANESE Ju-Jitsu syllabus. There's little or no attempt to reference the more ground based BRAZILIAN adaptation of Ju-Jitsu, although exponents of the latter and Judo will no doubt find within some common techniques and also much of interest.

I've found this book to be an indispensable reference guide which has been regularly used. Highly recommended.
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Solid book which gives a good introduction to 'ju-jitsu' no particular syllabus is used but the author does cover most of the common techniques that federations teach at each belt. Unusually a lot of focus is giving to weapons reflecting the authors background, this was a nice change and gives readers insight to more traditional side of Jujitsu which is often ignored but should have a place in any traditional Japanese system. The book assumes the reader has existing knowledge however even with this i did find some photographs and descriptions difficult to follow. Overall a good addition to any ju-jitsu collection for beginners/intermediates.
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As I started Ju-Jitsu 1 month ago I thought it would be a good idea to have a book at hand when I am not in class just to keep my mind active on it. This book seems ideal, although you can't help having a sneaky look at the Black Belt section. But it is fine and well written and the pictures although are in black & white are clear and precise.

(Ju-Jitsu is quite hard just in case anyone wants to take up this Martial Art but it is also educational)
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Good book for beginners upwards.
With jujitsu there are so many different styles.
But found 'jujitsu international' applies more or less the same syllabus.
Good traditional jujitsu book!
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By Mike on 18 Sept. 2010
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I found this book simple to read and understand. Which is hard to do when the best way is to show a technique is face to face. I found the book very Knowledgably and finding it helpful to get back into doing ju jitsu after sometime out.
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