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  • 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)
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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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Judo is a good sport and if you're doing it this book shows you all the moves plus resuscitation techniques. This book is just perfect for juniors or adults. It shows you which way to break the balance (very handy) and is written by Professor Kano the creator of judo itself.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in judo.
Jack Bentley (age 10)
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I found this book a great help as a supplement to my regular classes. I study japanese jiu jitsu but have found that the majority of books are focused primarily on Brazilian JJ, and don't have enough emphasis for 'standing' techniques for my liking.

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
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Firstly this book shows great photos of the Kodokan masters at work (Kano and Mifune) it also gives detailed analysis's of each Kodokan recognised throw. The problem some people may have is that it dosent give info on non recognised Kodokan throws, (te guruma, pick up variations) and the ne waza section only shows basic holds locks and chokes without information on how to apply these techniques on a resisting opponent. But what is explained (not in much detail however) is that atemi waza(striking) IS a part of judo and can not be ignored, which unfortunatly is happening today. Also a good section on Kata and healing methods for comman injuries from Judo practice is included. All in all, a good book which every Judoka should consider!!
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A useful guide for beginner to black belt regardless of the organisation or grading syllabus. Although it has been around for some time it is still totally relevant. An all round guide of throws, hold-downs, armlocks, strangles and most katas.
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Just a few comments, as I saw this book has 5 stars:

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?
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This book has helped me in my martial arts career more than any other.

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!!!
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This books is just phenomenal

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.
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If you do Judo and looking for a reference book this is excellent. It is a bit old fashioned though, thats the only issue i might bring up with it. However all the moves are there, from bjj aswell (some throws have different names)

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. :)
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