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1. Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of
2. Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide
3. Mastering Judo (Mastering Martial
4. Best Judo (Illustrated Japanese
5. The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership:
6. The Canon of Judo: Classic Teachings
7. Judo Formal Techniques: A Complete
8. Mind Over Muscle: Writings from
9. Verbal Judo: Words As a Force
10. Judo Strategy: Turning Your Competitors'
11. The Sport of Judo
12. Attacking Judo: A Guide to Combinations
13. Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano
14. American Combat Judo: 186 Photographs
15. The Secrets of Judo: A Text for
16. The Techniques of Judo (Tuttle
17. Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced
18. Judo Training Methods (Tuttle
19. Tai-otoshi (Judo Masterclass Techniques)
20. Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense

1. Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion
by George Thompson
Paperback: 224 Pages (2004-03)
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Asin: 0060577657
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Learn the martial art of the mind and the mouth

How often do you find yourself misunderstood, frustrated, and on the losing end of an argument? Sometimes? Most of the time? All the time? If a large percentage of your success in life depends on your success in conversation, wouldn’t you like "never" to be your answer?

Do you have a plan ready when you find yourself confronting an adversary at work? At home? On a dark street at night? Or do you just react from habit or emotion? As Dr. George Thompson says, "When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you’re in control."

Whether at home or in the office boardroom, Verbal Judo can show you how to be better prepared in every verbal encounter. Thompson will teach you how to listen and speak more effectively; how to engage people through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language); how to avoid the most common conversational disasters; and how to have a proven, easily remembered strategy that will allow you successfully to communicate your point of view and take the upper hand in most disputes.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Verbal Judo
Excellent book.Useful tips for those who work with the public.As a teacher, I can always use more information regarding public interaction and the successful de-escalation of heated situations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Verbal Judo
Very interesting concept on how to handle people with mere words.Good info for the workplace ...especially customer service.

4-0 out of 5 stars Informative
This information will give anyone insight into every human encounter one can have.Teachers, cops, businessmen and even middle-management corporate peon-slaves like myself can use to my benefit.My wife is reading it now.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Information
I work in customer service (used to work in Law Enforcement) and I always have had a difficult time dealing with difficult customers. My boss recommended this book to me, and it was a breath of fresh air. Basically by making people think it's in their best interest to do what YOU say, you can get people to do a lot! The author is great with efficient examples that let the reader know what the point is and how to mimic his actions.

If you have trouble with disagreements, difficult customers, and trying to keep your cool, give this book a try.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very very slow delivery
Once I ordered this book it took 2 and a half weeks to receive it.That was horrible. I ordered other books about a week later through other sellers on amazon and received their books earlier. It was frustrating, I will never buy another book from this seller...never. ... Read more

2. Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano
by Jigoro Kano
Paperback: 264 Pages (1994-07-15)
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Asin: 4770017995
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Judo, or the Way of Gentleness, an ideal form of physical exercise and a reliable system of self-defense, was specially created from traditional Japanese martial arts. This book by the creator of Kodokan judo is uniquely comprehensive and the most authoritative guide to this martial art ever published.

Over a hundred years ago Jigoro Kano mastered swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat. Failing to discover any underlying principle, he set about designing a new martial art to reflect the concept of maximum efficiency in the use of physical and mental energy. Today, the concepts and techniques of judo taught at the Kodokan are the ones originally devised by their creator and collected together in this book. Covering everything from the fundamental techniques to prearranged formal exercises for both men and women, the book offers detailed explanations of how techniques are combined in two types of practice: randori (free practice) and kata (the practice of forms). In addition to a discussion of traditional methods of resuscitation, the book concludes with a useful appendix of information on the founder and the Kodokan International Judo Center, and a glossary of judo terminology. Fully illustrated throughout, KODOKAN JUDO will help students and instructors everywhere to discover the principles, techniques, and spirit of this popular martial art. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the one judo book you need
If you could only buy one book on Judo, it should be this one. This book outlines every technique and kata in the art. It may not give tips or tricks, but that's what training is for.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Text...
The best overall Judo book available in terms of both historic overview and technical description, from the founder of Judo himself, Jigoro Kano. 'Nuff said.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was recommended to me by a martial artist with his 8th dan in Judo.If you are into Judo you know of Jigoro Kana....this is his book...history of Kodokan Judo and much instruction for the beginner or the expert.

5-0 out of 5 stars Study Judo
This was a gift for my son, who had wrestled in H.S. and had also enjoyed learning Judo from a really great localinstructor. Out of it for some years, he was interested in this book by Judo's founder. He is very pleased with the content.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I dont have a grappling or wrestling background, but a more karate/kung fu approach to Martial Arts and I never thought Judo could be so rich and full of technique. this book breaks down those techniques so one can learn to do the moves, then practice practice practice with a partner.
this book is exactly what I needed to understand the basics of Judo, and enrich my martial arts training.
Recommended to anyone who wishes to learn Judo from scratch. ... Read more

3. Mastering Judo (Mastering Martial Arts Series)
by Masao Takahashi
Paperback: 224 Pages (2005-05-03)
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Asin: 073605099X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Immerse yourself in the art and sport of judo like never before in Mastering Judo. Gain a rich understanding of the philosophy, history, and practices that distinguish judo from other martial arts. Become more proficient in the techniques, tactics, and training necessary to rise through the ranks.

Mastering Judo will add to your appreciation of the principles that distinguish the art in formal exercises (kata) and to your toughness and spontaneity in both freestyle fighting (randori) and competitive matches (shiai). Firmer grounding in the roots and wisdom of traditional judo practices will enhance your ability to use your body and your mind to the ultimate advantage when facing an opponent.

Written by the Takahashi family, with more than 200 years of experience teaching, coaching, and competing in judo throughout the world, this resource crosses both generation and national boundaries in its approach and application. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Judo Guide
One of the better judo/martial arts books I have purchased in the past several years. Good photographic illustrations, some advanced counters/techniques, and a lot of useful content from a family of Japanese-Canadians that have clearly lived Judo, as well as practiced it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Second way to Judo
Another well-written and interesting text on Judo and Judo training.After Kodokan Judo this book is a must for any Judoka.There is a slightly different approach to explanations of moves and practices here that makes the book all the more interesting.The writer is an outstanding Judoka and coach.His expertise shows on every page of this volume!
Well worth the price and time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very unusual Judo Book!
I have to say that this is a very different judo book!!! I did not know what to expect from this book when I picked it up but it completely took me by surprise. I expected a judo book like so many others - showing techniques you need to know to get from Rok-kyu to Ik-kyu - but not this book.

First, the book gives a very nice general overview of judo. At the same time the author reminds the reader what Kano's ideas and concepts of judo actually were and how they have changed over the years (unfortunately not always in a positive way) - especially since judo was introduced to the Olympics.
He explains why kata, tradition, dojo etiquette, mental welfare etc. are also important aspects of judo and that they have to be preserved by today's judokas as well. Too many judokas these days seem to focus only on competition.

The book contains a nice variety of different judo techniques, which are used as examples to discuss different fighting styles and concepts. Very often coaches tell judo participants to develop strategies or fighting concepts but when asked by non-competitors how to define and to develop such strategies, many senseis are unable to answer these questions. Usually the interested non-competitive judoka is more or less left alone.
Takahashi finally tries to explain such terms and subjects to people outside the competitive circle and gives idea and guidance on how to approach these different aspects.

Another surprise the book keeps in store, are discussions about mental issues for the individual judoka (competition, training, etc.). Because today's judo is mostly focused on competition, the performance pressure on competitors is sometimes unbearable. Takahashi again makes us understand that good judokas should not be identified only by their victories. He reminds us that losing a fight/competition is part of martial arts and that every judoka needs to learn how to cope with it! But also here he offers the reader ideas and suggestions how to deal with these situations!

In addition the book provides ideas for individual training programs, which are not necessarily only for competitors. Non-competitors who want to improve their physique without the intention to compete, can use these programs as well and modify them at will.

Masao Takahashi makes a nice connection between competitors and non-competitors and gives a good understanding of their different needs.

I recommend this book to any judoka who wants to understand and get more involved in judo - not only on a competitive but also on a recreational level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Art & Sport
I enjoyed reading this book mainly because the authors were able to balance the twin, and sometimes competing, themes of judo as art and sport.They put particular emphasis on the cultural and philosophical importance of judo, and were able to relate the maxims of judo to both sport and life.As the other review indicated, the authors also do not write in a vacuum.Several members of the family are accomplished wrestlers, and the advent of mixed martial arts and Brazilian jujitsu are not lost.They explain well the evolution of judo as a sport, recognize the differences between sport and self-defense, and advocate a realistic approach for the judoka.

This is not a "how-to" book so much.There is little to no explanation on how to do throws, although judo technique is presented for reference.The book presumes some working knowledge of judo, and seeks to improve on that knowledge with useful information on application.

This is a great book for the judoka because it focuses attention on the purpose and spirit of judo while giving practical tips for competition.This is also a great book for martial artists and grapplers who are interested in judo as a form of cross-training, especially students of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.Together with Mastering Jujitsu, by the same publisher, they are great references.

5-0 out of 5 stars The title tells it all!
Judo has proven itself one of the most effective styles in MMA, along with Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.This book provides an excellent opportunity for experienced martial artists to enrich their game with Judo concepts, and for Judoka to deepen their understanding of their chosen art and to enhance their performance significantly both on the tournament floor and on the street.
I very much enjoyed this book and I will continue to refer to it and learn from it in the future.I will list the things about it that struck me the most:
It points out the differences between training in Judo for sport and training in Judo for combat, and it devotes about equal time to both facets.It points out though that it is best not to prefer one over the other but to strive to excell in them both equally.
It covers in depth strategy, gripping, combination techniques, the butterfly guard, passing the guard, sweeps, defences to strikes, throws, strikes, joint locks, pins and chokes.
It has a great deal to say also about competition psychology, strength training, conditioning and nutrition.
There is a lengthy and very detailed section on self-defence applications that is particularly interesting.I love the direct methods, particularly the knee-strike and guillotine choke combination.
All the kata sequences are listed and described.
There are pictures of all the techniques of Judo, organized by category.
There is a great deal of attention payed to ground fighting, of great interest obviously to self-defence and MMA fans.
The tone of the book is very humble and its style very direct.Although it mentions MMA, it veers away from getting into a style-versus-style analysis.Regarding MMA (since many potential purchasers may be interested in knowing what this book has to say about it), it simply states that Judoka are not encouraged to take part in it although some go against the norm, that Brazilian Jiu-jitsu which has many competitors in MMA encompasses the same techniques as Judo, and that MMA is facing the same problems that Judo faced early on, and is adapting to them in very similar ways: for example, periods of stalemate on the ground are now broken up in MMA and the competitors are re-started standing up, as in modern Judo; also MMA is trying to give more emphasis to the standing element of fighting through short rounds that begin standing, since this is more exciting for the crowd.Kimura's name pops up a few times, and his victory over Helio Gracie is described as evidence for the credibility of Judo as a fighting art.I think the general gist of the book is that Judo should be seen as something of an 'ultimate fighting' art in its own right, since it encompasses so many skills and provides good training in using them through ground and standing free-fighting (randori), competition and other methods.The authors have nothing but respect for other systems.The Takahashi dojo offers classes in MMA, Karate, Aikido, Kendo and several other arts besides Judo, so one can readily appreciate how broad the family's knowledge of martial arts is.The success of all the authors in Judo competition, coaching and self-defence instruction (including teaching two prime-ministers and their children) lends a great deal of weight to all the advice they give.
I highly recommend this book. ... Read more

4. Best Judo (Illustrated Japanese Classics)
by Isao Inokuma, Nobuyuki Sato
Paperback: 256 Pages (1987-03-15)
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Asin: 0870117866
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book is the joint effort of two of Japan's foremost judo instructors. Isao Inokuma and Nobuyuki Sato have also been world-class judo champions, and their advice and enthusiasm have helped train countless other judo practitioners. Among their students is the sensational Yasuhiro Yamashita, who captured the All-Japan Judo Championship nine times in a row from 1977 to 1985. Now, with Best Judo, their winning methods can be yours.

Best Judo can be used by beginners and veterans alike. It starts with the basic judo postures and salutations and shows you how to move on the mat, how to control your opponent, and how to be thrown safely. It then demonstrates the essential judo techniques: throwing, grappling, locking, choking, escaping, and sequence combinations.

Over 1,200 photos and easy-to-follow action sequences-many of them demonstrated by Yamashita present each movement clearly. Brief explanations emphasize important areas for study, caution, and concentration. There is also a section on training, full of ideas for building and vitalizing your body. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally startin to take some names
This book is AWESOME!!!I am a novice grappler (white belt 4th in BJJ about ten years ago) at best, with a decent shot.But where I'm at in Japan, there are no "groundfighting" (Bjj, Submission Grappling, Wrestling) to attend.So, I go and practice with the local Judo club (club, not school, club).I've had a couple guys/gals give me pointers on what I am doing wrong, but not much in the way of what to do.And after a year, while I definately saw a rise in my ability to take pure punishment, I did not see much in the way of a rise in skill.So, I bought this book.Granted my reading a book is not going to amount to their years of training, but when I got the book, I picked one throw and said that's the one I'm using.I still mess it up pretty bad, but I've also tossed a few people with it (some were even black belts).So just for being able to better one technique from the instruction of this book, I give it 5 stars.Once I feel I've gotten this technique down pretty good, I'll move onto another, and there are plenty to choose from.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Judo book ever!!
This book has helped me improve the judo portion of the jujutsu system I practice. It is an invaluable asset to any martial artist.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good to perfect some of the most efficient techniques
The explanation are well detailed, and pictures are crystal clear. This is however not a book to master the fundamentals or a collection of throws & holds, but rather a book that can be used to perfect some techniques which you already decently execute. There are many explanation about how to execute and the variants of the most common and efficient techniques, and what is interesting it that this book does not only focus on the execute of the technique alone, but also on how to get into a favorable situation where the technique can be applied at its maximum effectiveness. However, the less common throws (and some of the most difficult to execute effectively) and some counters such as sukui nage aren't given any explanation and are merely listen with photos.

There is also a very comprehensive and interesting section about linking and chaining waza, both for throws and ground work. This section is very interesting and explained in a brilliant manner.

The training part is good, however focus only on physical training, and not on exercise which would also help in the execution of escape moves or other, such as the shrimp exercise.

Overall, it is great to perfect some of the most effective throws, get insight on the possible variants, improve how to turn the situation at your advantage to place a lock, choke or hold, and some great chaining work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A classic!
Great book, hundreds of clear photos (even though they are b&w), easy to read instructions, good organized layout of techniques, good clear organization of topics. Just started Judo and this is the best book I've read by far. If you are more advanced, I don't know how much it will help you other than refining your technique and moves.This would seem to be an essential reference for any Judo Entusiasists.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reference
This is a generally good reference.It's better in *some* ways than the extremely good "Judo in Action" pair of books.

Shortcomings are:
- that it does not go into detail on as wide a range of moves as I'd like to see.
- For groundwork, it doesn't show escapes.

Otherwise, it's really solid. ... Read more

5. The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership: Empowering the Thin Blue Line from the Inside Up
by George J. Thompson; George Thompson; Gregory A. Walker
Paperback: 200 Pages (2007-04-02)
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Asin: 1932777415
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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From the founder of the renowned Verbal Judo Institute!What you say and how you say it critically impacts the outcome of your contact with people...be it subjects on the street or officers in your agency.- Discover the linguistic structures and strategies that madeVerbal Judoso popular!- Learn to apply both the art and science of using words & phrases to lead, persuade, clarify, diffuse...and generally navigate nearly any situation.- Become a solid, respected and highly effective leader!Effective CommunicationMakes Effective LeadersLearn...- 3 key leadership ingredients- Behavior correction skills- Real lessons from the field- How to avoid ego errors- Communication profiling- The true power of listening ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Solid Communication Skills
A great guide for dealing with difficult people! Although the book is directed at the Law Enforcement Community it has applications for anyone who regularly supervises subordinates, particularly in a chain of command type setting. Good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kudos to this Verbal Judo addition
Understanding what leadership is all about, the authors shed light on what it takes to develop an excellent workforce -- it takes non-egotistical, steadfast leaders, people who'll put themselves in the background to achieve the greater good! I'm hooked and have read this book twice and am implementing it daily in both my professional and personal life! A perfect supplement to the Verbal Judo way!

4-0 out of 5 stars Unvarnished, But Necessary Counsel
Dr. Thompson, the founder of the Verbal Judo program, has teamed up with Gregory Walker, to comment on the dysfunctional problems found in organizations and they propose some interesting solutions, unique problem solving tactics and effective success strategies.This is a somewhat idiosyncratic commentary on organizational politics, communications and leadership in today's world.

A short book, 180 pages, it is divided into 15 topical chapters that range from the Tao of Leadership to the Art and Gift of Persuasion.The unifying theme is the need for improved leadership built upon honest and effective communication.The book addresses what went wrong, communication styles, principles for supervisory success and approaches to analytical thinking and effectiveness.

With such a broad range of topics in a small book, there is a real risk of skimming the topics and leaving the reader confused.However; the authors skillfully handle the task often referencing their collective experience in the form of brief stories.Their overall approach is certainly less than diplomatic, for example at their discussion of the four levels of expertise, they write:

To allow incompetence a berth in your organization is in itself a sign of incompetence at the highest level of responsibility.It is also a sign of a moral and ethical coward.

While their approach may offend, it does cause the reader to actively engage in the discussion and consider both their primary points and supporting arguments carefully.

Thompson and Walker are skilled teachers and seasoned practitioners, the time you invest reading this book will be enriching.Buy the book, read this book and more importantly put these principles into action.

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6. The Canon of Judo: Classic Teachings on Principles and Techniques
by Kyuzo Mifune
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2004-06-11)
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Asin: 4770029799
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The Definitive Book by the "God of Judo" ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was recommended to me by a martial artist who has his 8th dan in Judo. The book explains everything with pictures and words....just what I needed.This book is good for the beginner or the expert.

5-0 out of 5 stars JUDO SUPREME!!!
If you were looking for a good book about Judo and didn't know where to start I would say get The Canon Of Judo by Kyuzo Mifune, 10th dan.Whether you are beginner, intermediate, advanced or teacher.Whichever one you are, you are going to learn about Judo.Judo techniques and principles are not just about throwing, there is also the lost art of grappling, including chokes and armbars, which Brazillian JiuJitsu is famous for.In fact reliable sources say the man that taught the first Gracie came from Japan.

Gracie promised not to teach his art to anyone, so out of respect for his teacher he did not teach his art to others.Gracie changed the name and thus the art, he called it Brazillian JiuJitsu.For those that are thinking I'm taking a swipe at the Gracie's your dead wrong.You can teach anyone any art form and they can call it what they want.It is still up to that individual as to what they do with it.Now as we all know, the Gracie's have done a lot.

Judo, on the other hand, is a different art form, as taught by a Grand Master at the top of his game.Not only was Mifune, a great teacher but an even greater competitor.Mifune was well over 70 years old and still taking all comers on the mat. Age or rank did not matter, not even your style.He never lost a match. Some say he was never thrown.There are lots of good things I can say about this book or Kyuzo Mifune, but not as good as what others have already said.You want to know more, read what others have said.

As for this book, it is a 'must have' for your Judo or Martial Arts Library.It is 'required reading' if you plan to compete.I have my copy right next to Judo Unleashed by Neil Ohlenkamp and some pertinent information from Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, and Jimmy Pedro.Judo people know who they are the rest of you will just have to look them up. Just think Olympics and World championships.

5-0 out of 5 stars What an awesome textbook for Judo
I had been eyeballing this book for about a year, flipping through it at the bookstore on occassion. I love the Kodansha publications, and was surprised with this book as a present last month. Wow, what a great book. The photographs are crisp and detailed, and the information is laid out in a concise and easy-to-follow format. I hightly recommend to anyone interested in jujutsu or judo.

5-0 out of 5 stars ClassicalJudo
Mifune's 'The Canon of Judo' is an outstanding work and certainly joins Kano's 'Kodokan Judo' as an essential book for all Judoka.The instuction included within is exceptional and will without doubt be of the utmost benefit to any and all Judoka who may read it.Mifune was undoubtedly one of the greatest Judoka to have lived, and the quality and depth of instuction given in this book is a fitting match for the man.Few, if any books available at this time present techniques in the format offered in this book. Mifune offers not only the pure techniques but also advice, key points and cautions for their use which are often only learned the hard way.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
I wish I had bought this book while I still an actively practicing Judo.It is comprehensive and impressive.I wanted to reconnect to the dicipline and history of Judo, and this did the trick.My son has become very interested in Judo as well as other cultures becuse of this book.What more can a you ask? ... Read more

7. Judo Formal Techniques: A Complete Guide to Kodokan Randori No Kata
by Tadao Otaki, Donn F. Draeger
Paperback: 456 Pages (1990-11-15)
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Asin: 080481676X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Classical
An excelent book for those who are interested in Kata.
It emphasizes the importance of the kata in refining the Judo knowledge.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another "must have"...
Running well over 400 pages, this book is a feast as well as a valuable resource for anyone interested in judo. The authors are both well know and highly respected martial artists and, in my estimation, this belongs on the shelf right along with "Kodokan Judo", "The Canon of Judo" and any other volumns you may consider indispensible to your judo library. Published in the early 80's it's not the easiest thing to come by, but is well worth the pursuit.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Book for Randori no Kata
If you want a detailed study of nage no kata and katame no kata then this is the book for you. It is not for beginners, or anyone interested in just the basics. It is very comprehensive and authoritative. If you want to really understand the meaning of the kata, and every move in them, you will need this book. It does include general information about kata, but it does not give detailed information on any other kata besides nage and katame (known together as the randori no kata).

5-0 out of 5 stars Real Martial Art!!!
This is a book for those who would like to know what Kodokan Judo differs from sport competition. As a sport Judo practicioner I could never expect so wide range of techniques and deep tradition. Now I can see the wisdom of Mr. Kano who preserved one of the best Japanese export products ever created -complete and powerful martial art! The photos, drawings and description are very clear and high quality. Absolute for every Judoka, regardless of rank and experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!
If Draeger's grocery list was published, I'd buy it just because I have yet to read anything by him that wasn't great.Draeger Sensei lived and breathed budo/bugei and it shows in his writing.This is the most detailed and best laid out manual for the Kodokan kata available and is essential to any serious judoka's library. ... Read more

8. Mind Over Muscle: Writings from the Founder of Judo
by Jigoro Kano
Hardcover: 160 Pages (2006-02-17)
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Asin: 4770030150
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book is a collection of the life's work and essential teachings of Jigoro Kano, who founded Kodokan Judo in Tokyo in 1882. Kodokan Judo was for Kano the culmination of a lifelong devotion to the jujutsu of the past, which he reorganized along educational lines while taking great care to retain its classical traditions. In doing so, he opened the path from jutsu (skill) to do (way), and broadened the horizons of knowledge until he reached the point at which he began to advocate seiryoku zenyo (maximum efficiency) and jita kyoei (mutual prosperity), which represent the universality and ideal of human existence, and are the core values of judo.

Throughout his life, Kano repeatedly remphasized grasping the correct meaning of judo and putting it into practice. That is to say, one must understand that judo is the way by which one can make the best use of one's mental and physical energy, and put that into use for the good of society. Because judo was defined in this way, what had once merely fallen under the category of martial art—a fighting skill used to defend against an attack—became subsumed into an altogether richer, more complex, and universal judo, which in turn evolved into a principle that can be applied across the spectrum of human life. The circumstances surrounding the development of judo are described throughout this book, as are its underlying principles, which the author believes have unibersal applicability to everyday life.

This book will be an invaluable addition to the liberaries of all judo practitioners around the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Information for the real Martial Artists
This book is a compilation of the writings of Professor Jigaro Kano.I think anyone who has any interest in a martial art beyond the selling would benefit from the knowledge given in this book.People who only sell clones of martial artswould gain nothing from this book except the veneer of respectability.
Ed Carol

5-0 out of 5 stars for a better way of life......
It may seem strange to many that someone like myself, who devotes himself entirely to the study & practice of Karate, should read this book, let alone write a review on it.

Well, it's a great book, yes it really is!! I can't understand why anyone hasn't written a review about it yet (on the co.uk site!), especially as it is written by the founding father of what we commonly call Judo today. The very man who brought Judo to the Olympics & the world.

This book isn't entirely about Judo 'though. Yes, it gives us a clear history of how it came into being in the early part of the 20th century & the problems that Kano Sensei encountered. How he single handed & studiously developed a proper system of teaching the art from an ancient Japanese fighting system that had previously been passed down by word of mouth & by mindlessly copying the teacher without any real explanation.

More than that he gives us inspiration & courage to go out & try something difficult & different that we've set our hearts upon doing like Judo or Karate & shows us that by persisting with our chosen task we can improve & strengthen our spirit, determination & character.

This isn't just a book for Judo-ka & Judo enthusiasts; it would be very suitable for all martial artists everywhere.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Historical Why
Master Jigoro Kano's book gives a great historical account on why he developed Judo to promote fitness, sport, and cultural interaction; and is not a book focused on technique or application.This compilation of Master Kano's works enables the reader to gain an understanding into the thinking and ultimate goal of the Founder of Judo.

5-0 out of 5 stars very instructive, revealing.
This is a very revealing book, written by one of the masters of martial arts.

2-0 out of 5 stars No mind over no muscle - just a fancy title
if you are interested in the history of Judo then may be this is the book as it is "supposed" to be written by the founder. But there are more comprehensive books around on the history and the evolution of judo from jujitsu and how it becomes a sport in Olympics. However, if your expectation is to read about how to use your "mind over muscle", learn or even get a slim insight of a little bit practical skills and technques, they just aren't there - zero. ... Read more

9. Verbal Judo: Words As a Force Option
by George J. Thompson
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5-0 out of 5 stars Verbal Judo
Much to teach, much to learn.excellent book particularly for Law Enforcement. His other works "The Gentle art of persuasion" is also excellent both are a must have addition to your law enforcement library

5-0 out of 5 stars Add words to your insurmountable arsenal.
I first read this book right after law school, when I went to work in the criminal courts as a clerk and bailiff.At that time, in a metropolitan area of over one million, there were no security screeners at the entrances.Gang types were active in the halls.I had to "face up" with the most alpha-dominant types you have ever imagined.Oh, you have to deal with them ever day.Understood.These were people who enjoy, and even get off, on pure evil.This book taught me to actually take their "macho" and add it to my power over them.You probably don't leave home without your kevlar.If you are, or wish you could, absorb this book into the very fabric of your being... because next to kevlar it can save your life.Then give it to your partner.And then to your spouse take a look at - you will gain a whole new receptivity to your daily activities.Be proud, be professional - and become a master in the incredibly effective martial art of verbal judo.

5-0 out of 5 stars " DONT BE IGNORANT.....BUY THIS BOOK ! "
Many in the " Law Enforcement / Security " Field would greatly improve their chances of survival and become better communicators by mastering the material in this easy to read manual for learning how to" Talk & Deal " with your fellow man & woman. This bookhas probably saved me from Past Mistakes that would surely have resulted inphysical confrontations,...to re-hash an old saying " WINNING THEHEARTS & MINDS ". So save yourself a " LAWSUIT"... Dontbe ignorant... buy this book !. ... Read more

10. Judo Strategy: Turning Your Competitors' Strength to Your Advantage
by David B. Yoffie, Mary Kwak
Hardcover: 239 Pages (2001-09-01)
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The ancient David versus Goliath story takes on twenty-first century urgency as companies of all kinds-old and new, large and small, virtual and physical-find themselves competing in the same arena.

In this groundbreaking and novel book, authors David Yoffie and Mary Kwak reveal how a century-old strategy can enable smaller firms to meet and defeat rivals many times their size. At the heart of judo strategy is the premise that sheer size and raw strength are no match for balance, skill, and flexibility.

Using vivid examples from companies such as Wal-Mart, PalmPilot, CNET, and others, the authors explain how to translate the three key principles of judo into a winning business strategy: use movement to throw off your opponent's balance, maintain your balance as you respond to attacks, and exploit leverage to magnify your strength. Highly practical tools aid managers in developing their own judo strategies, including identifying competitors' vulnerabilities, staking unoccupied terrain, and regaining ground after setbacks.

A warrior's manual for judo strategy and defense, this powerful book is for both Davids and Goliaths who want to compete and win on the new business battlefield.Amazon.com Review
Judo, often translated as "the way of gentleness," is a century-old martial art that employs quickness and agility to help devotees overcome adversaries who seem--at least on thesurface--to be more powerful. In Judo Strategy, David B. Yoffie, aprofessor of International Business Administration at Harvard BusinessSchool, and Mary Kwak, a Harvard research associate, turn these principlesaround for a corporate audience, showing how they can also be used to helpcompanies battle bigger and stronger competitors. The metaphorhas been used before in business and economic examples, the authorsconcede, "yet no one, to our knowledge, had tried to use judo as the basisfor a systematic way of thinking about strategy." In the pages that follow,they begin by delving into the three primary tenets of the discipline(movement, balance, and leverage), and show specifically how each could beapplied in business. They then explore the way three prominent New Economycompanies (Palm Computing, RealNetworks, and CNET Networks) havesuccessfully put the strategy into practice. Finally, they offer insightinto fending off others who employ the judo strategy. In all, an originaland practical management approach. --Howard Rothman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best business book
The book is very good and give the reader a broad perspective and 360 degree view of business model. It tells you how to think on another side of what we thought. Tell you the examples from the past. Even though it forces some example to be an example of the strategy, it's still good to know what we should look. I believe this is one of the best book for any business man who has 360 degree perspective.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good...
Several good ideas in this book on marketing strategies for smaller companies; that made the book worth reading.The author spent too much time on the discussion of Judo. The book contains some memorable phases such as "Don't moon the giant", which would have been good advice for Netscape to follow.Great discussion on how to use a large company's strengths against it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clever analogy with great insights
The judo analogy is a very clever way to explore how small companies can defeat large companies.I particularly liked the ideas of the "puppy dog ploy", push when pulled, and the concept of leverage.I highly recommend this book for managers facing big, powerful companies.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hindsight strategy: Leveraging the Obvious to get consulting
The usual garbage.Let's find a firm which has succeeded (for example RealNetworks) despite small size, and force fit it into our facile strategic model.Then let's find a firm which has been creamed (for example Novell) and show (by a selective telling of history) how it failed to do what our stupid (but seductively named) model would have suggested.Repeat three or four times and you have a book.

It is easy to tell stories, but that is all this book does.The predictive power of this claptrap will be zero - and results, specifically future results, are all that counts.Prospective CEOs should look inwards and discover themselves rather than waste their time on this and similar books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maximizing Speed, Balance, and Leverage
In their Preface, Yoffie and Kwak explain that their book "is built on two broad metaphors that we hope readers will find compelling in thinking about the strategic challenges their businesses face. Our primary metaphor comes from the sport of judo, which originated in late nineteenth-century Japan. Judo requires quickness, agility, and the ability to outmaneuver the competition. Most important, in judo, unlike many martial arts, true strength comes from turning your opponent's weight and power to your advantage." The other principal metaphor is derived from sumo wrestling (i.e. making the most of one's strength and power")which the authors concede "can be a very sensitive topic for the very large companies that are most likely to profit from" techniques which such advantages permit.

Yoffie and Kwak carefully organize their excellent material within three Parts: Principles of Judo Strategy (Chapters 1-4), Masters of Judo Strategy (Chapters 5-7), and Responding to Judo Strategy (Chapters 8 and 9). In the final chapter, they offer and then explain five "Rules" to follow when pursuing a Judo Strategy: (1) Maintain a deep focus on your core strategy, (2) Stay on the offensive but avoid frontal assaults, (3) Plan and be prepared to pivot, (4) Look for leverage in the strangest places, and (5) Face the music. While pursuing a Judo Strategy, it is also important to remember that "judo is ultimately a zero-sum game, and business, often times, is not. Moreover, in judo, you can focus solely on a single opponent, while in business, other groups, especially customers, require your attention."

Clearly, Yoffie and Kwak fully understand the parameters of relevance of the two principal metaphors. Neither is a "bullet" (silver or otherwise) which always hits the designated target. Moreover, judo strategists may well find themselves in competition with judo strategists in another organization. In that event, those who move faster, are more agile, maintain better balance, apply greater leverage, and are better able to outmaneuver the competition will prevail. One of this book's greatest benefits is derived from what the authors learned during their interviews of various "masters" of judo strategy such as Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky of Palm Computing, Rob Glaser of RealNetworks, and Halsey Minor and Shelby Bonnie of CNET Networks. Not all of their circumstances and experiences are necessarily relevant to each reader's. For that reason, I urge those who read this book to focus on understanding the basic principles of judo strategy, then formulate a strategy(based on those principles) which will enable their specific organization (regardless of its size or nature) to move faster, be more agile, maintain better balance, and apply greater leverage so that it will outmaneuver its own competition. Together with those whom they interviewed, Yoffie and Kwak explain HOW.

Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out Guy Kawasaki's How to Drive Your Competition Crazy: Creating Disruption for Fun and Profit, Adam Morgan's Eating the Big Fish: How Challenger Brands Can Compete Against Brand Leaders, Don Taylor and Jeanne Smalling Archer's Up Against the Wal-Marts: How Your Business Can Prosper in the Shadow of the Retail Giants, and Samuel B. Griffin's translation of Sun Tzu's The Art of War. ... Read more

11. The Sport of Judo
by Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Harold E. Sharp
Paperback: 104 Pages (1989-12-15)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not Much Good To Say About This One...
Outdated in terms of both content and illustration, and there are much better Judo books out there to spend your money on (see my other reviews).

5-0 out of 5 stars Judo Book
This is one of the old, simple books on Judo.No frills and no extended theory.Just the real stuff done by men who know the sport.This is a great book for any Judo student to learn from and to keep as a reference.Bought a bunch of them as gifts for my Judo students.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this old book on Judo
An oldie but goodie.

This is certainly one of the better "old" judo books both in the book size, pictures and explanation. I still refer to it time and time again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for those new to the Sport and Art of Judo
Shows the basic Judo moves and techniques in an east to follow format.Starting with how to fall properly to basic and intermediate throws and counter throws.I would recommend this book to people new to Judo and high school/college wrestling, due to it's simplicity and to-the-point photos and movement explainations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good pictures and helpful pointers
The beginning and intermediate Judo student will be pleased with book. It is a good introduction to the major Judo techniques, starting with the basics such as falling and unbalancing you opponent, and then introducing a number of the more common techniques (throws, sweeps, chokes, and holds). Each technique is accompanied by a number of pictures showing the progression of the moves (including different variations) as well as good explanatory text.

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12. Attacking Judo: A Guide to Combinations and Counters (Special interest)
by Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, Hidetoshi Nakanishi
Paperback: 136 Pages (1992-09)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not for the beginner
Attacking Judo is a rare find.

Unlike most Judo manuals (or most Martial Arts books in general), this book focuses solely on the creation and counters of throwing combinations. At 136 pages, it does an excellent job of giving Judoka with some experience (1-3 years) a solid base from which to create their own combinations. Those with more experience will still find the book worth reading, but will probably only learn combinations for their non-tokuiwaza throws.

For the beginning Judoka, I'd recommend "Kodokan Throwing Techniques" or "Judo Unleashed".

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13. Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano
by Brian N. Watson
Hardcover: 220 Pages (2008-10-03)
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Based on a series of interviews that Jigoro Kano gave in his sixties, the book relates his creation and development of Kodokan judo during the period 1882 to 1928. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Interesting new book on Jigoro Kano
The diary of Samuel Pepys has been likened to a spotlight that lit up events of English society in the 17th century. The work, Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano (Trafford Publishing) by Brian N. Watson, himself a Kodokan judo fourth dan and former special research student, does this also for the philosophy, methods and aims of Jigoro Kano, the "Father of Judo" - a remarkable man.The book allows us to enter Kano's mind and review his psychology, methods and goals involved in his creation - judo.
Most people on learning judo or learning of judo regard it, rightly so, as an enjoyable sport, some may have heard it described as a physical, mental, and yes, spiritual study. Few actually realize these latter potentials.This book may redress this.
In the book we learn of Kano's views on the importance of randori, judo katas, correct posture, contest judo and much general advice to judoka, but most importantly, a judoka's ethical, moral and intellectual responsibilities.
Watson has translated lectures by Kano over the years revealing to the English-speaking world, in detail, probably for the first time, Kano's aim in judo training summed up by his words: "The purpose of judo is to perfect oneself physically, intellectually and morally for the benefit of society."
The book contains a useful Glossary of terms and of personalities involved in the development of judo and a Bibliography for further reading.In Watson's "Afterword" are included potted judo biographies of Trevor Pryce Leggett, Donn F. Draeger and Noboru Murakami, all personally known to Watson and presented as men much influenced by Jigoro Kano's teachings.
This book is a must, not only for judoka but also for all dedicated budo practitioners. Serious minded kendoka will also find resonance in Kano's words in their own kendo philosophy, having been taught kendo is "the path of human development achieved through training in the principals and technique of the sword ".
In transforming the violent military techniques of jujitsu into the physical and mental system of judo, Kano truly "Wrought sword into Ploughshare".

John V. Clarke, Kendo 5th dan
Former Chairman, British Kendo Association.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I too received an advance copy of the book from the Author and was very pleased to receive it.

As a non Japanese speaker, let alone reader; the writings of Jigoro Kano are a mystery to me. This book is a good starting point for any Judo student interested in understanding more about Judo.

The book is primarily words by Kano, but both his interviewer Torahei Ochiai and the author/translator Brian Watson add to the content.

This book is a brilliant starting point for anyone wanting to expand their Judo knowledge. The Glossary was a surprising gem, it has both word definitions and summaries about people and places in the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book by Brian Watson
To anyone interested in the history of judo, this is a unique account of the beginnings and purposes of judo, and the inspiration that came from Jigoro Kano.He believed that judo was not purely about fighting competitively, but above all, is about physical fitness and ability, with a spiritual essence.We seem to have lost some of this in today's world, where winning the competition is everything.I believe it should be in every judo player's library. Colin C. Draycott, Director of Ethics Commission, IJF, Vice President BJA

4-0 out of 5 stars Great new book on Jigoro Kano
I have just finished reading an advance copy of Judo Memoirs of Jigoro Kano by Brian N. Watson (a frequent contributor to JudoInfo.com). It is expected to be available late in September and I will post a link as soon as it is. It is over 200 pages of text translated from published notes of an interview done with Jigoro Kano in the late 1920's by Torahei Ochiai. This material has been available in Japanese for many years -- it was first published in a series of articles in 1927 and 1928 in the monthly Kodokan Culture Council magazine Sako, and was re-published in 1992 in Kano Jigoro Chosakushu (Collected Works of Jigoro Kano) volume III. Only now you can read it in English and learn more about the founder of Judo, including his thoughts on a wide range of subjects.

It has a lot of early history of both the man and the Kodokan. A small sample of the section headings include:
Establishment of the Kodokan
Pain is a Good Teacher
My Study of Kito Jujutsu
The Inspiration for Seiryoku Zenyo
The Kodokan Oath
Correct Randori Posture
Competitive Judo
Kodokan's First Foreign Trainees
Kodokan Ascendancy
The Ideal Judo Instructor
Itsutsu no Kata
Purpose of the Judokai
Ju no Kata and Go no Kata
Benefiting Oneself and Others

I found lots of inspiration and information in the book. For example, the section Hardship Can be Good Medicine starts with "One thing difficult to comprehend for most people is that the attainment of confidence and a sense of contentment, which can result from mastery of the skills of judo, are to be achieved only after long years of strenuous practice against tough opponents."

The section Early Judo Instruction includes "It must be said, however, that the popularity of Kodokan judo was realized chiefly because judo enthusiasts had brought about a public awareness of its dual value as an excellent means of physical exercise and as a sporting activity."

The Kodokan keeps very tight control over the written work of Jigoro Kano. This leaves many of us starving for whatever original information is available. Thanks to Brian N. Watson for making this available in English. Mr. Watson also includes a nice essay of his own on the influence of judo on Japanese society. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to all judoka.
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14. American Combat Judo: 186 Photographs Illustrating Jiu Jitsu Wrestling, Foot-Fighting and Police Tactics
by B.J. Cosneck
Paperback: 123 Pages (2006-10-01)
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This 1959 solo effort, American Combat Judo, is a lengthier training session in vicious close-in fighting skills. In it, Cosneck combines elements of jiu-jitsu, boxing, wrestling, savate and plain old dirty fighting into an easy-to-learn set of practical unarmed combat techniques designed to incapacitate any attacker as quickly and painfully as possible. No collection of hand-to-hand combat books is truly complete without this exclusive reprint edition of American Combat Judo from Paladin Press ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good basic guide to some practical self-defense techniques.
This paperback was originally published in the 1950s so the photographs are somewhat dated.Nevertheless, the majority of the material has some good solid practical self-defense information.This book does not focus on philosophic concepts of combat but merely shows a wide variety of responses to various attacks.This book covers how to defend against grabs, pushes, chokes, and punch attacks.Though there are some impractical movements shown, the vast majority of material is fairly solid.In conclusion, if you are seeking a no-nonsense simple approach to street combat, you will want to get a copy of this book.Rating: 4 Stars.Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Monadnock Defensive Tactics System, Use of the Monadnock Straight Baton, PR-24 Police Baton Advanced Techniques, Martial Art Myths, Season of the Warrior, Never Trust a Politician).

4-0 out of 5 stars interesting
a 1959 book describing blowsa few holdsthrows and trips for use in offense and some defense as the author states ''the essence of success in the method of american judo is speed,combined with a complete knowledge of theproper moves based on the element of surprise''.it applied backthen as much as that applies for today.nothing really dazzlingjust looks effective to me .course i lean toward older methods anyway .interesting little book.thank you

5-0 out of 5 stars Just a bag of tricks, but a darn good bag of tricks!
Some books about fighting are heavy on philosophy, or history of a "system" or "style". I'm not making fun of them, because there are systems and styles that I like a lot.

This is a different sort of book. Little less talk, little more action.

The photos are perfectly good but they aren't museum quality. They aren't pretty at all. There is no consideration whatsoever to esthetics in this book.

This is a legitimate tough guy from a tough era talking about a bag of tricks. The book is heavy on demonstration in a LOT of grubby little pictures, and light on talk.

If you practice nothing but the techniques in this book, you'll be more effective than you were before.

Note that this edition probably doesn't contain the eye gouge waza. The author discusses and illustrates his favorite approach to an eye gouge, and the editors, in their infinite wisdom, left it out. They also left out an illustration of a groin attack.

My guess is that you'll find them on the internet if you look for them.

Anyway, if you've ever had an interest in expanding your bag of tricks, this is a cheap, easy, effective source.

And some of these are pretty nasty (if the editors took out the eye gouge and one groin attack, they left in plenty of other down anddirty stuff), so don't give this one to your eight-year old grandchild.

Just reading this book tells you AGAIN why you really, really don't want to get into fights. Somebody may have been reading the unedited version of this thing!

Don't buy this book if you want a coffee-table-sized, beautifully photographed book full of artistic martial arts techniques. This is straight-up tough guy stuff from another era. And this guy had a lot of experience and useful stuff between his ears.

A somewhat comparable book is "Strictly Street Stuff".This book makes fewer choices for you. It provides a smorgasbord of techniques, and let's you decide which ones you want to spend time practicing (because nothing works without practice).

4-0 out of 5 stars COMBAT CLASSIC
I just received mine the other day and was very pleased with it. I was a bit skeptical because of some of the reviews on the internet but still ordered it. Its a great addition to anyones Combat Classic Library,Good solid techniques.Mine will not be for sale. ... Read more

15. The Secrets of Judo: A Text for Instructors and Students
by Jiichi Watanabe, Lindy Avakian
Paperback: 192 Pages (1990-07-15)
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This book explains the numerous techniques of throwing and grappling, and outlines judo's origins, the relationship between judo and Zen, and the theory and physical applications of judo techniques.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Not so good.
I'd say you would rather take a physics class than read this book. If you're interested in learning Judo techniques this is NOT the book for you. If you're looking for the science to why Judo works then go ahead and buy the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too Much Physics
What can I say about this book? This book is ok. In my opinion, this book discusses the science aspect of judo too much. I would say the first 2/3 of the book is nothing but physics text.
The last 1/3 of the book gives step directions for many judo throws, some chokes, and some pins. Again, nothing special here.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a book for insight on the practice and application of judo I would skip this one. If you are fascinated with science then this book is for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Historical Value Mostly
This book is highly technical and somewhat dated. It is not the best book on judo if you are expecting general coverage, but it has a niche and I am very glad to see it re-published. When it was one of the few books available on judo we all had it, but there are now many more comprehensive guides to basic judo. Still, if you want to know about the mechanics of various throws this has the analysis and details that could be very interesting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Technical, Sometimes Dry. Always Good
Let me preface this by saying I love physics. Especially mechanics. The book explains how techniques work and why.

Some of us learn better this way. If you know why a technique works, you will probably learn to apply it better. This book can help you understand the hows and whys, if you can concentrate on the descriptions. They can be dry and technical.

If you're missing something in a technique, this book may be able to help you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
This book great for people who want to get better at the philosophy of Judo. It really breaks the art down in to a physics class that might be a little hard for some to understand but if you can follow along it will bring your game up to the next level and put you in the right direction. ... Read more

16. The Techniques of Judo (Tuttle Martial Arts)
by Shinzo Takagaki, Harold E. Sharp
Paperback: 160 Pages (1998-02-15)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great Judo text!
This is one of the better (of many) introductory / intermediate Judo books available."Techniques of Judo" briefly covers the basics (bowing, calisthenics, postures, falling, holding, unbalancing the opponent) and moves on to the core of the book, which is throws. This includes hand throws, hip throws, leg throws, and back and side throws. The four concluding chapters cover grappling techniques, including holds, strangling holds, and armlock techniques.

Each technique has about 4 or 5 photographs clearly showing the progression of the move, and 3 to 4 additional photographs showing alternate variations or a counter to the move. What separates this book from the pack is the excellent textual detail that is included with each technique. The authors do a fantastic job of presenting the dynamics associated with proper execution of the throw. The numerous variations and counters included in this text will make it a Judo text with lasting value.

5-0 out of 5 stars A New Edition of a Classic!
The Techniques of Judo by Takagaki and Sharp is a reprint of a verycomprehensive and well-written text first published in 1957.It containssome techniques seldom taught in modern practice, such as Ganseki Otoshiand Yama Arashi, and it has extensive notes on counters and defenses. I ama sixth degree, and my highly-prized first edition is well worn with yearsof research.The contest illustrations are breathtaking examples offlawless technique, and the "flavor" of the book speaks volumesabout martial spirit and a style of Judo seldom seen in these days.HaroldSharp is well known for his work on another classic Judo text firstpublished in 1956 with Kiyoshi Kobayashi, entitled The Sport of Judo. Together, they are an impresive compendium of martial information and Judohistory. I give the Techniques of Judo to my advanced students, so theywon't forget that Judo is a martial art, not just a game. ... Read more

17. Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced Throws, Takedowns, and Ground Fighting Techniques
by Karo Parisyan, Erich Krauss, Glen Cordoza
Paperback: 250 Pages (2008-07-15)
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In Judo for Mixed Martial Arts, world renowned judoka and UFC fighter Karo Parisyan unleashes the secrets of how to toss an opponent eight feet into the air and then finish him with a bonebreaking submission the moment he hits the ground. Covering thirty of the most practical throws and more than sixty submissions, this book is guaranteed to become the bible amongst MMA fighters.
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4-0 out of 5 stars The heat.
Another well laid our Krauss/Cordoza. Karo is a legend of the sport, a true mixed martial artist. He probably doesn't get the respect he deserves from the MMA community. This book, unlike a lot of others in this spectrum talks about the importance of set ups! Karo being a phenomenal Judoka made the correct adjustments required to be effective in MMA. More than that, he designed the platforms needed for throws to work in the cage.
This book takes you through his take on Ne Waza (ground work) but I think the true genius lay in the throws and take downs. If you understand Judo this book will lead you on the right path to making your art realistic in a street setting and cage setting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness in a book
This book contains a wide variety of useful judo techniques. However it is important to note that while most of these techniques originate from Judo, they have been adapted for MMA/UFC where an opponent does not necessarily wear a Gi or Dobak. This does make the techniques more versatile.

This book serves equally well for a martial artist seeking to expand his arsenal or someone training for some sort of competitive fighting. If you are in Judo, the detail presented in the book can give you much greater insight into the techniques than will your colleagues who only attend class.

The only drawback for competitive judo is that the author includes a number of leg based techniques, which although completely effective, are no longer sanctioned in Judo competition.

Last but not least, though this book is larger than most, you really can take it pretty much anywhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars a revival
Great book, it's very good.
Good pictures, techniques are remarkebel !
It's not expensif, so you must buy this book if you are a true mma fighter.
Karo is a special fighter is the octagon, always very unexpected.

ckmma team from Lint, Antwerp, belgium

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source on no-gi judo, but maybe not the best place for people new to judo to start
This book is great for its purpose, which is to show guys how to pull of judo throws in mma and in no-gi situations. Karo Parisyan shows what he does best, for intermediate judo players who have a basic understanding of the throws and want to adapt them to no-gi, this is must have. While "Judo for MMA" has its strengths, it also has its weaknesses and in some ways feels like a rushed product.

1) Beginners to Judo might not fully understand what is going on with the techniques.

2) No instruction on proper falling for the person being thrown. I don't know anybody who would let you practice throws on them without you letting them also practice throws on you.

3) No information on about how to use the cage, which is absolutely crucial for setting up Judo throws in MMA fights.

4) Many filler techniques that just take up pages and that Karo Parisyan probably has never used in his fights(i.e. rolling kneebar, calf crush, not saying they are not good techniques). Every other book I have by Victory Belt is made almost entirely of techniques actually used by the fighters in their fights and examples given of the time they've used it in competition.

I personally don't consider this the best book for beginners to Judo because I believe that it is best for someone interested in learning judo to first learn it in the context of the sport of Judo, by taking a Judo class, as oppose to trying to learn it for mma or no-gi without a clear understanding of the principles. The reason why I say this, is because Judo throws have so much subtle technique and so many intricate parts, that they need to be taught, learned, and practiced at a slow pace. This explains why Judokas traditionally train with and compete in the gi, because the added friction forces them to perfect technical and complex throws that they would have otherwise discarded if they were exclusively wrestling shirtless with all the sweat and slipperiness. Once the judo practitioner perfects these throws in the gi, his body remembers the movement when he takes the gi off.

A better introduction to judo for complete beginners is "Guerilla Jiu Jitsu" by Dave Camarillo or "Judo Unleashed" by Neil Ohlenkamp, both of which happen to be books that teach you how to throw with the gi. In addition, Dave Camarillo's book teaches you how to fall, which absolutely important. "Judo Unleashed" is great overall introduction to actual sport of Judo. Of course, the best way to learn Judo is to join a local Judo club that hopefully has good instructor who has a creditable lineage, knows how to prepare guys for competition, knows how to slow down the training for beginners, and who respects you and your decision to cross-train in other arts(i.e. MMA or BJJ).

While in the end, "Judo for mma" has a lot of great techniques that useful for MMA and no-gi fights, especially the throw setups that counter wrestling takedowns and throw setups off of the standing kimura. I personally use some of these techniques myself when I see the opening for them when I grapple without the gi. I recommend this book, just not for the completely novice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Gave this book to my husband as a gift and he absolutely LOVES it!Thanks! ... Read more

18. Judo Training Methods (Tuttle Martial Arts)
by Takahiko Ishikawa, Donn F. Draeger
Paperback: 328 Pages (1999-08-15)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Judo plus Training
This is for the medium to advanced student of Judo.Beginners will have some difficulty understanding some of the descriptions here.This is not saying that some study won't make things clear to any student but beginners will have trouble here at first.For the rest of us, we can only benefit from studying this book.Well written and focusing on the technical points of Judo that create outstanding Judokas, this is well worth the price and time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
An insightful look at the way Judo champions trained years ago. I enjoyed the book and I appreciate the information offered.

The book was first published during the early 1960's. Anyone with two cents of common sense will understand that is is unfair for us, nowadays, to criticize some of the methods used during that era. The weight training segment in the book, compared to todays standards, perhaps not cutting edge. Yet back then, it was obviously good enough for the likes of Judo Champions like Inokuma. Therefore, reading Draeger/Ishikawa's book provides another piece to puzzle and it will help us to analyze and understand the evolution of Judo training.
In particular, the 'Instructor Advice' and 'Student Advice' sections are worthwhile reading.

I recommend this book for a martial artist's library.

Antonio Bustillo

1-0 out of 5 stars Scary
This book is severely dated. Several advances have been made in the area of sports specific training. Some of these excercises are down right dangerous. Serious injuries could result. There are some good stretching suggestions, but a beginner's weight-lifting book has safe excercises, for those looking to incorporate weight training with their judo practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Academic Judo Work
I have found no other Judo or martial arts work that approaches the academic level of this one in scholarship and completeness.Draeger and Ishikawa have been VERY thorough in their assessment of HOW to train for Judo, offering for the first time a catagorized breakdown of training techniques into four areas: Preparatory, supplementary, compound, and auxiliary.Training is approached for the first time in English, as a scientific undertaking which like many other sports, is based upon and helped by the study of kinesiology (study of movement, body & muscle, etc.).The authors don't simply tell us, they give us the "why" of things.Helpful diagrams and quality sequence photographs help convey the ideas, though I wouldn't recommend this volume for someone who doesn't have the patience to read.Training methods utilizing partners, weights, belt, equipment, and gravity are detailed.Originally printed in 1962, This recent re-release paperback edition is affordable and a welcome return.Don't let the age of publication dissuade you from learning from this volume, it was revolutionary upon its oroginal release, and little approaching its depth has been publishedin the popular press since.There is another terrific judo book by Draeger & Inokuma which I hope Tuttle will consider rereleasing again soon, called "Weight Training for Championship Judo", which goes even deeper into advanced sports theory.Judo was Draeger's first martial art, and I was surprised years ago to discover how deep and ground breaking his research with Kodokan colleagues had been.Altogether a superb volume.

4-0 out of 5 stars classic training worthy of any library
I'm a big fan of classic training methods and of using a partner as resistance and this book is full of similarly great techniques. Many of these exercises can be adapted to practicioners of other arts. This is wellworth the read for both it's strengthening techniques and it's text. ... Read more

19. Tai-otoshi (Judo Masterclass Techniques)
by Neil Adams
Paperback: 96 Pages (1996-09-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Teaching on this Technique
I am a big fan of the Master Class series. This book is written by a great judo player from England named Neil Adams. I had the privilege of training under him in 1994 and have found his insights extremely valuable. In this book, he overviews the history of this move and its current evolutionary forms.

A Personal View
History of Tai-Otoshi
The Basics
Combinations and Counters
Competition Tai-Otoshi

Beside each variation, there are pictures to aid in helping you practice this move at your club. I used this book to help me grow and adapt my tai-otoshi for the international level. I really enjoy the set up of these books and have found them quite helpful. I highly recommend that each club have a copy on hand. ... Read more

20. Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense against Health Scares and Scams
by Steven J. Milloy
Hardcover: 218 Pages (2001-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This book is a simple, easy-to-read guide to debunking health scares and scams before you get hurt. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exposing the nonsense spoon fed to the American public
Junk Science Judo Exposes the non-critical nature of journalists and politicians towards "science." Once clothed in the garb of "science" any and all claims are relayed with breathless hysteria and stated with the sort of dogmatic certainty that would make the pope nervous. Of course, with each and every one of these claims, immediate action is necessary and litigation and new laws are rushed through with dramatic, life saving urgency. The reality is that one or even two scientific studies isn't enough to base legislation on. That's where the ever so handy precautionary principle comes in. If it MIGHT be harmful, it needs to be outlawed. Like DDT. Who cares about millions of Africans dying of malaria? DDT might (though there is little or no actual proof) be harmful to waterfowl!

1-0 out of 5 stars Warning: Junk Science Judo is junk science
Haven't read the book, but I have heard of Milloy and many of the other "experts" out there trying to protect us from "junk science" (I have read Milloy's website extensively, this is apparently more of the same). Sure, there's a lot of actual bad science out there, but the term "junk" only seems to be applied when someone is trying to knock down good science in the name of corporate (or religious) interests. If you still want to read this book, do so with the understanding that it was written with an agenda. You might bebetter off reading someone like Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark) to help you in your journey towards a true understanding of science.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sensei Steven Milloy, 9th Dan Junk Science Judo
Whether you are a newbie in science, or do research, Milloy's work is exceptionally relevant, and at the same time intensely interesting.

Sadly, there seem to be very few people doing exactly what is needed in this growing area of scientific vandalism, and I applaud Milloy's courage in writing this work and others on the same or similar topic.He shows great creativity in the style and format used to write this work.It is exceptionally interesting to read, and captivates.My copy was on my office desk for exactly three days, and then without a routing list made it way through some of the science staff.

I wish I had kept the statistics on this, and could plot the exact point that this work seeded an intense discussion.Perhaps a critical mass of people had been reached, and the fallout was exceptional.I suppose it will simply take more time as more and more people read, and understand the difficulties Milloy cites.It would be a shame to re-live the problems of yesteryear, and with Milloy showing the problems before they become epidemic, a double shame.

Awareness if so very difficult to acquire, but Milloy does help open eyes.I would heartily recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Junk Science Judo
If you are unaware that most of what is broadcast as fact is really only Theoretic because even when a scientific study has been done but not repilicated it is still only someone's theory, this book will be an eye opener. As another author has said, "There are statistics, statistic and damned lies." On the other hand if you are not "up" for having your pet theory debunked as junk science better not read this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is this a junk book?
In the name of science, you will try to prove with propagande;
if you really want to decode how junk scientifics manipulate the world: go http://nomorefakenews.com and do not buy this junk BOOK! ... Read more

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