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The Pyjama Game: A Journey into Judo Paperback – 25 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133498
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Excellent… a classic in its genre’

(Robert Twigger The Sunday Times)

‘One of the year’s most entertaining sports books, and the best one to be written about a martial art since Robert Twigger’s Angry White Pyjamas. It’s lively, it’s witty and, above all, so persuasively enthusiastic that by the end you’ll find yourself feeling an intense urge to try it for yourself’

(James Delingpole Mail on Sunday)

‘This is damn fine stuff, and will entertain and enlighten an audience far beyond the confines of the dojo’

(Andrew Baker The Daily Telegraph)

About the Author

Mark Law was the founding editor of The First Post (thefirstpost.co.uk), the online news magazine. He was formerly a show business press agent before working as a feature writer and commissioning editor for The Times, the Mail on Sunday, and the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. He is a member of the Budokwai Club in Chelsea, London.


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By rod on 5 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
an amazing book that describes the transformation of mark law from the proverbial 'nine stone weakling' to a man able and willing to face down anyone. it can be read on many levels. as a keep fit guide. as a no nonsense guide to stopping smoking and eating healthily. as the awakening of a middle aged man to what life can hold in store if he lets himself be true to himself. as satire. as a deeply philosophical treatise on East versus West. as the ultimate answer to those who say we should turn the other cheek when insulted. no finer book on judo exists. i doubt there is any finer work on sport as a path to truth. i give this five stars with no hesitation.
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self confessed wimp and chain smoker mark law sets out on an amazing journey of self discovery. he wants to prove to himself he is made of 'the right stuff' and enrols in his local judo club. at first he is the butt of jokes as the 'real' men of the club think he is only there to colllect material for another best seller. you see they know law as the writer, not the man out to prove himself as he hits the buffers of 50. slowly he wins their respect by learning about judo and training hard. he 'bulks up' though he rejects as unclean the steroids some neer do wells use and is no longer embarrassed by his reflection in a mirror. he gains confidence as a man and embarks on the second stage of his voyage. he travels around the world, often in judo outfits, winning the trust and respect of many within the sport. some always dismiss him as a voyeur,out only to write about and not join them. i tend to side with these people and think law never really had judo in his blood. that's only a small reservation. by and large this is the best book ever written about judo and one of the best about sport. i hope it is made into a film. but who would play law!
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Mr Law's book is an inspiration. From a slob who ate and drank too much for his own good he became a lean, mean fighting machine, a force for good not bad. In Britain and abroad he studied the Masters of Judo. He learned wisdom and implacable hostility towards bullies and bad people generally. By the end Law is almost a Knight. I am so impressed that I intend to take up judo myself although my children say I am 'past it' at 56. Law says you are never too old. I agree.
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I really wanted to like this book but it grated with me which left me so disappointed. As a judoka of more than 30 years standing, I found its style and the way the author engaged with the reader really irritating, It fell a long way short of "Angry White Pyjamas" from which I am sure it was trying to leverage some interest with the chosen title, as well as many similar books written by karateka such as "Moving Zen", "A Karate Story" and the recent "Karate Stupid" and "Karate Clever". I even purchased a Kindle copy recently and re-read it to see if I would change my mind. Sadly I did not.
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An entertaining, light hearted look at aspects of the Judo world. Nothing too profound but interesting insights into the efforts some countries have gone to to excel. More of an emphasis on the fighting side, rather than the culture and philosophy - which don't lend themselves well to British humour. It's a fairly fast read and has enough pages to provide a good book's worth of information/distraction. There do not seem to be many other books like this, so it presently enjoys a niche, although the range of possible books in this vein is endless.
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Mark Law has an intimate and truly original writing style. It's informative but not at the expense of its lively pace and provided a complete history of the sport. One of the best books I've read in a long time and I read a book a week. Every judo player I know must read the Pyjama Game and if they haven't they'll find out why. Not just for judo players, it is essential reading for martial artists, fighters and athletes from all backgrounds. This book is utterly compelling and an informative account of a demanding, full contact sport!
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This book is a look at how judo developed from the samurai budo tradition to the competitive international sport it is today. I liked the way the author interleaved his own judo journey through the book. I would have actually liked more of his personal story, but that is my own preference. He also educates on the rules and terminology of judo which is informative. I recommend this book for people starting judo as it gives a good insight into this demanding sport.
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I have never practiced Judo but I do practice Tai Chi. I bought this book out of interest to read a book about another persons journey into martial arts. The book is mainly a history of Judo interspersed with the authors personal anecdotes. It is thoroughly well written and a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended whether you study Judo or not.
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