- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; Reprint edition (27 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156836539X
- ISBN-13: 978-1568365398
- Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1.5 x 18.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano Paperback – 27 Sep 2013
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About the Author
JIGORO KANO, born in 1860 in Hyogo Prefecture, created Kodokan judo in 1882, the year after he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University. In 1969 he became the first Japanese member of the International Olympic Committee. Jigoro Kano died at sea in 1938 while returning from an IOC meeting in Cairo.
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Top Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in judo.
Jack Bentley (age 10)
This book has a lot of decent photos, some are a bit grainy but most are more than clear enough. The main benefit though is the description of the execution of each move, and the purpose. Subtle changes to your technique make the difference between sloppy throws and effective throws, and this is where the book really shines. Reading the book away from class means I spend more time focusing my technique rather than learning the basic movements when in the dojo, and the great sense of satisfaction which comes from executing a good throw keeps me coming back for more.
This would make a great gift for anyone who studies a grappling martial art, such as sambo l, jj, bjj or wrestling. I tend to use the book in conjunction with youtube to get a good indication of how new techniques should look when applied properly, youtube is good for seeing the whole throw, the book is great for pinning the detail which takes you from ok to good, or good to great
Several things have been changed, compared to the original
edition, and although one may find them minor, I believe them
to be significant. The translation of Kodokans motto par example:
The vital part is "conveniently forgotten", and many formulations
bear the same mark; strength is over-emphasized, technique close
to being ignored. So, 5 stars to First Edition, and minus 2 stars
for leaving out the hall-marks of Judo in this newer edition.
Fortunately, winds seem to change in Kodokan now, so maybe a
third, "un-revised", edition is on its way?
Recommended to me by the late John Plumbridge (6th Dan JuJitsu, 2nd Dan Judo) to help me study for my own Sho Dan grading. It is concise with good photography. It will take you through every throw from the judo world. I have used it as reference point for teaching many times and for my own personal study.
If you practice a throwing art this book is a must, however as with all martial arts manuals nothing will replace being on the mat and doing some hard work! Having this next to you will help though!!!
Its written by Kano and has been updated since.
You have to read this to really take in what a genius the man was and how much he put into Judo.
It only enhances respect for him.
From how to approach judo, how to fold your judogi correctly to the full techniques and kata, it has everything.
Compulsory reading for any judoka.
There is also alot of bonus material such as striking methods, kicks... even how to poke people in the eyes.... Also defense from knives and guns is in there. There is an excellent introdution into Judo also. There is good material for Judo players in randori too in the 'continous attack' chapter shows you good combos.
All in all a very good book, I reccomend it. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book and every Judoka should have one and see the old way of Judo. Thank youPublished 14 months ago by James A.
Fantastic book. Ideal for a judoka of any level. The detail in the Kata's in brilliant.Published 22 months ago by Les Clark
So far so good. This book is a history and guide that needs to be referred to over and over again. I am really pleased with this purchase.Published 23 months ago by J
Great book for practicing judoka and new starters to the art. I refer to this book on a regular basis and recommend that there is at leak one at every dojo.Published on 20 Mar. 2014 by matthew frey
Its a great book, fantastic learning resource for revision of Technique but as I was always told; "You need to be doing the sport to learn the sport". Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by Andy
This is a very good book. It contains everything (regarding judo of course). Well balanced introduction and philosophy part. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2011 by icorak
This is probably the best book ever written on judo .It is very informative not just on the basics but also on the history of judo and the more advanced techniques. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2011 by Karate-one