Kodokan Judo - 1986 Edition

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Author: Jigoro Kano
Pub: 1986 by Kodansha International
Pages: 264
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First published in 1955 (see Kodokan Judo), this is the 'bible' or 'definitive' book for most Judoka. Contains descriptions of all formally recognized techniques, and all 7 katas. The descriptions are short, and not comprehensive, but serve well as a memory aid, and to the advanced student, quite enough to learn the technique. Technique names given both in Japanese and in English, and the English translation is relatively good. This newer edition is widely available in large size paperback, and also contains the newest recognized techniques in Judo. If you are a serious Judoka, you already own this book. It should easily be the first book purchased by any Judoka.

 Foreword                                       11
 I BASIC JUDO CONCEPTS                          
 1. Jujutsu Becomes Judo                        15
 2. Principles and Aims of Kodokan Judo         20
       Judo as Physical Education               
       Two Methods of Training                  
       Training the Mind                        
       Ethical Training                         
       Judo outside the Dojo                    
 3. Basic Points in Training                      26
       The Dojo                                 
       The Judogi                               
       Etiquette in the Dojo                    
       The Importance of Regular Practice       
       A Word of Caution                        
 II TECHNIQUES                                  
 4. Basic Movements                               37
       The Basic Hold                           
       Moving and Turning                       
       The Principle of Dynamics                
 5. Classification of Techniques                  55
 6. Nage Waza                                     59
       Gokyo no Waza: Group 1                   
       Gokyo no Waza: Group 2                   
       Gokyo no Waza: Group 3                   
       Gokyo no Waza: Group 4                   
       Gokyo no Waza: Group 5                   
       Shimmeisho no Waza                       
  7. Katame Waza                                 110
          Osae-komi Waza                            
          Shime Waza                                
          Kansetsu Waza                             
  8. Continuous Attack                           131
  9. Atemi Waza                                  136
          The Body's Weapons                        
          Vital Points                              
 III       FREE PRACTICE                            
 10. Randori                                     141
 IV        FORMS                                    

 ll. Kata                                        145

 12. Nage no Kata                                148
          Hand Techniques                           
          Hip Techniques                            
          Foot and Leg Techniques                   
          Supine Sacrifice Techniques               
          Side Sacrifice Techniques                 
 13. Katame no Kata                              160
          Osae-komi Waza                            
          Shime Waza                                
          Kansetsu Waza                             
 14. Kime no Kata                                173
 15. Kodokan Goshin Jutsu                        192
          Against Unarmed Attack: When Held         
          Against Unarmed Attack: At a Distance     
          Against Armed Attack                      
 16. Ju no Kata                                  204
          Beginning the Kata                        
          Set 1                                     
          Set 2                                     
          Set 3                                     
 17. Itsutsu no Kata                             220
          Form 1                                    
          Form 2                                    
          Form 3                                    
          Form 4                                    
          Form 5                                    
 18. Koshiki no Kata                             224

 V HEALTH AND FIRST AID                 
 19. Seiryoku Zen'yo Kokumin Taiiku              239
       Tandoku Renshu                     
       Sotai Renshu                       
 20. Kappo                                       252
 Appendix A: Jigoro Kano Chronology              255
 Appendix B: Guide to the Kodokan                256
 Glossary                                        259
 Index                                           262



To speak of judo is to speak of Jigoro Kano. To hear the name of Jigoro Kano is to be reminded of the Kodokan.

In 1982, the Kodokan entered its hundredth year of vigorous activity, for it was in February, 1882, that Kodokan Judo came into existence and three months later, in May, that the Kodokan was established.

To celebrate the great achievements of Jigoro Kano and to create fresh momentum for the promotion and realization of his ideals, numerous commemorative events are being held under the auspices of the Kodokan. One of these, the grand opening ceremony of the new main dojo, took place in April, 1984, to mark the centenary of the Kodokan and the completion of the new Kodokan International Judo Center.

Professor Kano aimed at human perfection through judo and the betterment of mankind in the spirit of mutual prosperity. This lofty ideal is at the heart of the Kodokan philosophy and its realization has been pursued unceasingly from the very beginning, and will without doubt continue to be pursued in the future throughout the world.

This book, being published as one of these events, is a new edition of the original work compiled and edited by Professor Kano's former students and followers and first published in 1956. The original work consisted of his teachings concerning the theory and techniques of judo. In this new edi-tion, the original is supplemented by other writings of Professor Kano, as well as by demonstrations and explanations of leading experts.

The 1956 edition is an invaluable historical document that has come to be regarded as the unrivaled source book on judo. Published under the imprint of the Kodokan, it is regarded as the definitive work for the teaching of judo and its prestige is without equal in any country. Naturally, there have been frequent demands for its reprinting, but eventually this became impossible. This new revised edition of Kodokan Judo, therefore, is being offered in response to numerous requests heard both in Japan and abroad.

Recent years have seen the astounding internationalization of judo. At the same time, there has been a tendency everywhere for certain changes to creep in. In this connection, the question "What is judo?" is highly relevant and deserves an answer.

As clearly stated in Paragraph I of the Regulations of the International Judo Federation, "It (I.J.F.) recognizes as judo that which was created by Jigoro Kano." From the view-point of the correct dissemination of judo throughout the world, it is highly desirable that the real meaning and nature of judo, as given in this book, be recognized.

It is my sincere wish that, as this important book makes its timely appearance, it will be read throughout the world not only by those who teach, but by all who practice and enjoy judo.

Yukimitsu Kano
President, Kodokan

Note: As indicated above, this book is a revision of Kodokan Judo, published in 1956. The present volume incorporates additional material from three sources. Chapter 1, paragraphs 1 through 5 of chapter 2 and paragraphs 1 through 3 of chapter 3 were com-posed in English by Professor Jigoro Kano. These sections appeared in a book called Judo (Jujutsu) published in 1937 by the Maruzen Company (Tokyo). Another section was written in Japanese by Professor Kano and is here translated as the last section of chapter 2. This was published by Hori Shoten (Tokyo) in September, 1931, in Judo Kyohon. Other parts of the present work were written by the Kodokan editorial committee so that the will and spirit of the author might be preserved and presented to judo students the world over.


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