Although if read carefully, there's a few interesting insights, this is not a book I could recommend. It contains some B/W photos, however, they're all in a center section of the book, and as a result, not easily connected to the text. Even for beginners, there are much better books available.
Contents PROLOGUE 11 1 HISTORY, DRESS AND ETIQUETTE 15 2 PRELIMINARIES Exercises 20 Breakfalls 22 Judo practice and training 26 Posture and balance 28 3 Tachi-waza (Throwing Techniques) 30 Hiza-guruma 31 0-soto-gari 33 Seoi-nage 35 0-uchi-gari 38 Harai-goshi 40 Tsurikomi-goshi 42 De-ashi-harai 44 Tai-otoshi 46 Ko-soto-gari 47 Uchi-mata 48 Ashi-guruma 50 Ko-uchi-gari 52 Sasae-tsurikomi-ashi 54 0-goshi 55 Uki-goshi 57 Hane-goshi 59 Kata-guruma 60 Tani-otoshi 62 Tomoe-nage 63 Sumi-gaeshi 65 4 Ne-waza (Groundwork Techniques) 68 Osaekomi-waza (Immobilization techniques) 68 Kesa-gatame 69 Kuzure Kesa-gatame 70 Ushiro Kesa-gatame 71 Kata-gatame 71 Kami-shiho-gatame 72 Kuzure Kami-shiho-gatame 73 Yoko-shiho-gatame 74 Tate-shiho-gatame 75 5 Shime-waza (Neck Lock Techniques) 77 Okuri-eri-jime 78 Kata-ha-jime 78 Hadaka-jime 79 Nami-juji-jime 80 Gyaku-juji-jime 80 Kata-juji-jime 81 6 Kansetsu-waza (Armlock Techniques) 83 Ude-garami 83 Ude-gatame 84 Juji-gatame 85 Hiza-gatame 86 Ashi-gatame 87 Groundwork tactics 88 7 EXAMINATIONS AND CLUBS Promotional examinations 91 Joining a Judo Club 93 APPENDIX Members of the European Judo Union 95 GLOSSARY OF JAPANESE TERMS 99 INDEX 105
The phenomenal rise in the interest in judo is one of the wonders of the sporting world-that is, if judo can be called a sport; its devotees regard it as more of an art. What is its secret, and why the popularity?
Briefly, the reasons are as follows: for physical fitness no other activity makes use of so many parts of the body; the medical profession has nothing but praise for judo as an aid to health; no special gifts or physical prowess are demanded; as a means of self-defence it is unparalleled; finally, it can be practised by people of any sex or age. This book covers the whole subject, without being too technical for the lay-man or too general for the expert. To all those who may be hesitating as to whether or not to take up judo, this book will provide a convincing affirmative.
George A. Edwards commenced judo training at The Budokwai, London, and was treasurer of that body for several years. He subsequently formed Judo, Ltd, which supplies judo equipment, and published the monthly magazine Judo. He is secretary of the Croydon Judo Club.
Alan R. Menzies is an instructor at the Croydon Judo Club. He is co-editor and feature correspondent of Judo and specializes in judo photography. He is a founder director of Judo, Ltd.
THERE have been, and there will no doubt be in 'the future, a great many books written on this subject. In this particular case it has been given as simple a treatment as possible. You will notice on reading this book that there are many illustrations, as pictorial instruction has a far greater value than the written word, especially in relation to such a complex and difficult subject as judo.
Many of the photographs have been taken from the magazine Judo, and a great number have been used in instructional articles; but nearly as many are photo-graphs taken especially for this book.
Judo in Europe at the present moment is extremely strong and virile, due mainly to the efforts of the Japanese who, over the years, have spread and propagated the teachings of Dr Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, and to those Europeans who have spent many years in Japan learning the art which they have afterwards passed on to their own countrymen.
Judo is extremely complicated; not easily learnt, but rapidly enjoyed. In other words, although when starting this fascinating pastime one finds the co-ordination required in the initial instance difficult to grasp, one very soon learns to enjoy the unique freedom of movement which is available in the sport. There are very few other physical activities which allow such an all-round freedom of movement.
Perhaps you may wonder why the adherents of the sport wear the particular clothes they do. The style, of course, for obvious reasons is oriental, but the reason is that it is logical to suppose that one would be unlikely to meet a completely naked adversary, although most judo techniques can be modified to suit such an occasion. Consequently judo clothing is an admirable substitute for ordinary clothing on the possible occasion when one might have to deal with a real emergency.
Another interesting facet of judo is the use of Japanese terminology. At first instance one is taken aback with the thought of learning a difficult and complex vocabulary, but 'this is not the case. Japanese is, on the whole, quite simple to pronounce, and one readily be-comes familiar with the words and phrases used. If you look around, you will find quite a few activities and arts in which a foreign tongue is used to illustrate and describe the subject. One instance is fencing, where the terminology is entirely French, and music does, of course, use the Italian language. By all accounts then the use of Japanese terminology is natural, and should be pursued as avidly as the practising side of judo.
It is hoped that the reader will find the descriptions and photographs easy to follow. As previously stated, this little book has not been made too complicated or, on the other hand, too elementary; nor is it intended or desired that readers should imagine that a book of this nature will teach them judo-far from it.
The really basic essential is to join judo club, hundreds of which are distributed throughout the country, and place yourself under the qualified direction of a competent instructor. This book should be a consider-able help in following the basic principles of judo, and the photographs included illustrate some of the amazing movements and actions which cannot be excelled by any other sport.