The Judo Textbook - In Practical Application
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.
Contents Chapter I 12 Introduction Chapter II 16 Judo Equipment Chapter III 24 Techniques of Judo Chapter IV 116 Randori 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.
6th-Degree Black Belt
Coach of the 1974 and '75
U.S. International Judo Team