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on 11 April 2007
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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on 10 July 2014
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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on 17 December 2012
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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on 8 December 2013
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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on 18 September 2010
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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on 2 December 2010
Has been said before: it can be complicated to understand. Text seems descriptive enough most of the time, but pictures are meant to illustrate and help understand the text - unfortunately the pictures suffer from several problems.
The bad points:
. Photos are too small and dark, some actually hard to see what is going on.
. Lack of angles, all photos seem to be from same angle
. Lack of helpful tips and no detail snaps: for instance kotegaeshi would be very hard to deduce from the text.
. Most techniques only have 2 pictures, which frequently is insufficient. For instance, the crescent kick, if you don't know what it is or how it is executed, from the pictures you'll certainly not become any the wiser. :) When you go to more advanced techniques: throws, counters to throws, the issue just becomes exhacerbated.
. Also, the book does not compliment the text with japanese names.

Having said this, the book:
. includes a small weapons section
. includes 2 pages on law.

Sure, you can't learn a martial art from a book, for that you need.. an instructor! If you're after something you can learn from though, techniques-wise, there are better books out there such as the robert clark books, which is highly technical with very little in way of text.

In all, perhaps ok for a library and as a techniques reminder, but unfortunately not to expand on knowledge/techniques/details not yet learned. I'd recomend, before you buy, see the book on your hands first!
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on 29 November 2013
Browsed this at the library, when seen on Amazon it was a must have.
Good instructional book, taking into account the limitations of books.
Photographs are some what dated but to me that was part of the appeal.
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on 18 August 2014
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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on 4 October 2014
Quick delivery and item description exact - very happy with my purchase. Bought for my husband and he loves this book - great for beginners or for those who need refreshing.
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on 27 September 2015
Bought as a present for a friend .very informative
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