Manual Of Judo

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Author: E.J. Harrison
Pub: 1952 by Sterling Publishing Co.
Pages: 172
Ranking:Three Star Rating
Out of Print


With just a few pictures, decent line drawings, and somewhat stilted language, this is still a worthwhile book. Quite valuable from a historical perspective, and containing techniques rarely documented elsewhere... recommended!


 What is ]udo?--Rationale of judo--Essentials for Judo
 practice--Etiquette of Judo--Divisions of Judo--
 Importance of deep abdominal breathing---Signals of
 Defeat                                                  15

 Glossary of Japanese Terms and Expressions generally
 current in the Judo Vocabulary                          23

 Art of throwing from a standing position--Relevant
 Postures--Breaking or disturbing balance or posture
 (Kuzushi)--Movement (Shintai)--Tsukuri and Kake
 --Tai-Sabaki--The  Breakfall--Butsukari  Kumi-Kata
 --Defence and Counter Technique (Fusegi and Kaeshi-
  in judo                                                33

 Selected Standing Throws (Tachiwaza) of Hand Tech-
 niques (Tewaza)--Ukiotoshi--Seoinage--Taiotoshi--
 Uchimakikomi                                            57

 Selected Standing Throws (Tachiwaza) of Loin or Waist
 Techniques  (Koshiwaza) -- Ukigoshi-- Haraigoshl--
 Tsurikomigoshi-- Hane goshi-- Ogoshi-- Ushiro goshi--   68

 Selected Standing Throws (Tachiwaza) of Foot and
 Leg Techniques (Ashiwaza)--Hizaguruma--Uchimata
 Osotoguruma-- Yama-arashi--Ashiharai--Okuri-Ashi-
 Harai-- Deashi-Harai--Tsurikomi-Ashi--Sasae-Tsuri-
 Ashi                                                    80

 Selection of Throws effected from a lying Position
 (Sutemiwaza)--Masutemiwaza : Tomoenage--Uranage
 --Sumigaeshi--Yokosutemiwaza: Ukiwaza--Yokogake
 otoshi                                                  98

 Katamewaza or Groundwork--Selected Hold-downs or
 Osaekomiwaza--Kesagatame--Fusegi or Defence Tech-
 nique--Katagatame--Defence against same--Kamishi-
 Yokoshihogatame                                        111

 Shimewaza or Necklocks--Namijujijime--Defence--
 jime---Sodeguruma--Hadakajime                          121

 Kansetsuwaza or the Art of Bending and Twisting the
 joints: Udegarami--Udegatame or Udehishigi--Ude-
 kake-hiza-gatame--Ashigarami--Jumonjigatame or
 wakigatame--Arm Entanglement in retort to attempted
 Blow                                                   129

 Methods of Escape and Counter Attack. Some drastic
 Tricks. Counter to attempted Necklock from the Front
 --Counters to Front Waist Holds--Counters to Seizure
 from behind--Combined Trunk Squeeze and Reverse
 Stranglehold--How to seize Opponent from Behind--
 Leg Entanglement from supine Position--Dangerous
 Necklock Counter to Scarf Hold--Tsurijime--Yoko-
 hanten--Kensuigatame--Fukurokensui                     143

 Atemiwaza or the Art of attacking Vital Spots: Uto--
 Jinchu--Kasami--Suigetsu--Denko and Getsuei--
 setsu                                                  153



It was, I think, the late Basil Hall Chamberlain, the famous Japanese scholar, who once remarked that it might be regarded as a distinction not to have written a book about Japan. Analogously, I am tempted to suggest that in view of the recent rapid expansion of the Judo bibliography in the West, an author innocent of a book on the art seems likely soon to rank as an anomaly. There is thus perhaps a risk inseparable from this class of literary activity of adding "one's sum of more to that which has too much". Yet the habit once formed cannot easily be eradicated. My own decision to write another book on Judo has been strengthened by my conviction that by no means all the many publications in this domain expound the authentic Kodokan Judo. Moreover, if we are to keep our knowledge of true Judo abreast of developments at the source, then we cannot afford to remain too long passive and non-productive in a literary sense. At the same time I wish to emphasize that I myself disavow any claim to be a Judo "expert". The implications of that title are far too sweeping to be lightly assumed. Indeed outside Japan there are very few instructors whose combined theoretical and practical knowledge would entitle them to be so considered. On the other hand, were it absolutely essential to restrict printed instruction in Judo to wholly qualified high-ranking Yudansha in Japan, Western aspirants for Judo honours would be condemned to wait perhaps for years before authoritative information became available. Fortunately, however, for the progress of Judo outside Japan, through the intermediary of industrious judoka of lower teaching grades, this important source has been made generally accessible by means of translation and personal contact with the great Japanese Masters, several of whom were my own contemporaries when I practised the art at the Kodokan. I was in fact the first Englishman to be there awarded the initial teaching grade of Shodan or 1st Dan, and today hold the grade of 4th Dan confirmed by the Kodokan. I am also the oldest member of the London Budokwai of which my friend Mr. Gunji Koizumi, 7th Dan, himself the most brilliant exponent of Judo outside Japan, is the founder and present Principal. The Budokwai is directly affiliated to the Tokyo Kodokan and therefore in a position to keep in touch with this fountain-head of technical and theoretical Judo.

When therefore the reader does me the honour of consulting these pages he may rest assured that the instruction given does not emanate solely from my own brain but has passed, so to speak, through the alembic of far more deeply versed interpreters, and that the methods chosen for description have been subjected to countless empirical tests before their inclusion in the permanent Judo repertoire and curriculum. Furthermore, where necessary I have not hesitated to acknowledge my indebtedness to outside sources for the elaboration of particular fundamental techniques, especially that valuable annual "Kokusai Judo" or "International Judo" issued in Paris under the auspices of the French Federation of Judo. I have similarly taken advantage on occasion of the quarterly Bulletin of the Budokwai for supplementary data on particular methods.

Lastly, I should point out that considering the dynamic nature of the art, compliance with the exacting demands of the Judo purist may later necessitate further amplification and modification of a text which does not pretend to be in any way exhaustive.

The Budokwai,
15 Lower Grosvenor Place,
London, S.W.1.


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