Uchimata (Judo Masterclass Techniques) Paperback – 1 Jan 1992
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The early chapters in this book on the history of the technique and the author's personal view set the scene. But it isn't until the 3rd chapter on techniques that the book really gets going.
The chapter on techniques forms the bulk of the book. It begins with a discussion on grips before moving on to describe the different versions of the technique. The author considers whether the opponent is moving forwards or backwards, the height of the opponent and also different grips. Further variations of the technique are also described. However in many cases throughout this chapter the points the author makes seemed quite subtle to me, and will probably require multiple read throughs before they are fully understood.
The next chapter describes how Uchimata can be used in combination with other techniques, and this is followed by a chapter on defences and counters.
As with all books in this series, the chapter on training is once again very interesting. It describes how to practice the technique with a partner and by yourself. Although while the author makes reference to two ways of practicing the technique solo, frustratingly, only one of them is described in the book.
A chapter on competition Uchimata completes the book, which is really just an excuse to provide more illustrations showing the technique in action.
In conclusion I found that many of the points that the author makes are often quite difficult to understand, which may be more due to my lack of experience in judo than anything else. And so i suspect this book is aimed more at the experienced player who already has some knowledge of the technique. For the more novice player, i would instead suggest the Fighting Spirit of Judo which provides an overview of a number of techniques including Uchimata, the advice in which is pitched at a slightly lower and more understandable level.
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The Judo Masterclass on Uchimata is full of the detail and variation that I am looking for in the series. That is not the problem. The problem - and this is a big problem - is that all instruction and all pictures are for left-handed uchimata (with left-handed grip) only. This is the reason I give it only 2 stars.
Every judoka understands that to excel, you must learn each throw on the left as well as the right; however, for all the obvious reasons, we learn the throw right-handed first, then learn it left-handed. In this book, there is no instruction for the right-handed throw.
Because I am determined to excel at uchimata, I am in the process of scanning all the pictures and flipping them horizontally, and scanning the text into Word, and changing "left" to "right" and "right" to "left." I really shouldn't have to do this.