Top critical review
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!