Judo Handbook

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Author: George A. Edwards & Alan A. Menzies
Pub: 1964 by Associated Booksellers
Pages: 104
Ranking:One Star
Out of Print


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.

     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
  Members of the European Judo Union            95
  GLOSSARY OF JAPANESE TERMS                    99
  INDEX                                        105


Inside Cover:

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.



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