The Judo Textbook - In Practical Application

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Author: Hayward Nishioka & James West
Pub: 1979 by Ohara Publications
Pages: 192
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If Judo ever made it as a physical activity in High School or College, this would be the 'textbook'. Very well written, with alot of detail, excellent photos, and much historical information. Somewhat more oriented toward competition Judo.

This would be an excellent book for any teenager starting Judo.


 Chapter I                       12

 Chapter II                      16
 Judo Equipment

 Chapter III                     24
 Techniques of Judo

 Chapter IV                     116

 Chapter V                      122
 Contest rules of the International
 Judo Federation with Commentaries
 Chapter VI                     146
 Planning to win

 Chapter VII                    150
 What it takes to be a Champ

 Chapter VIII                   162
 Ranking in Judo

 Chapter IX                     168
 Auxiliary Training Methods

 Chapter X                      176
 The History of Judo and its
 development in the United States

 Chapter XI                     184
 Judo Philosophy, a means for
 the elevation of life

 Chapter XII                    190
 Sources of Information



THE JUDO TEXTBOOK, a comprehensive manual for the beginning judoka, differs from Ohara's other how-to manuals by being much more than a picture book. While it does contain the customary techniques section, additional text has been devoted to auxiliary training methods, guidance in how to plan competitive strategy, a discussion of the International Judo Federation's recently updated rules and a thorough coverage of judo history and philosophy.

Laid out in a clear, straightforward manner, its format is similar to numerous history and social science textbooks, and for that reason we feel that it should be accessible to students from junior high through college. Amply supplied with information and rich in anecdote, each chapter is followed by a series of suggestions and practical applications. Two brief review quizzes follow each chapter. The Test Yourself quizzes encourage the student to reread the material not thoroughly understood in the first reading and also serve to provide topics for class discussion. The True or False questions are intended to assist the instructor in devising whatever is deemed necessary in the way of periodic written tests.

Coauthors Hayward Nishioka, fifth-degree black belt, and Jim West, second-degree black belt, are to be congratulated on their excellent overview of sport judo. They have fashioned an ideal textbook by taking the reader slowly but thoroughly through the basics and planting him considerably down the road toward achieving a black belt.

Although much of the material that has gone into the preparation of The Judo Textbook has appeared in articles Mr. Nishioka wrote for BLACK BELT magazine, he has ordered, supplemented with photographs, revised and expanded on earlier writings to present the beginning judoka with a broad, clear view of the sport, science and art of judo.

Aside from an excellent account of judo history, and along with rare biographical information about the founder of judo, Dr. Jigoro Kano, authors Nishioka and West provide detailed descriptions of the all-important falling techniques. Having duly emphasized the importance of mastering the science of falling, the reader is then given a step-by-step approach to learning 15 of the most basic throwing techniques, five methods of pinning and five choke holds.

But perhaps most importantly, The Judo Textbook provides not only a detailed picture of judo past and present, but painstakingly imparts much of the unique flavor of the judo world. Clarifying myths and illuminating misconceptions without being preachy, the authors sustain an inspired and inspiring tone throughout.

Shag Okada
6th-Degree Black Belt
Coach of the 1974 and '75
U.S. International Judo Team


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