Item description for Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano by Jigoro Kano...
Judo, or the Way of Gentleness, an ideal form of physical exercise and a reliable system, of self-defense, was specially created from traditional Japanese martial arts. This book by the creator of Kodokan judo is uniquely comprehensive and the most authoritative guide to this martial art ever published. Over a hundred years ago Jigoro Kano mastered swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat. Failing to discover any underlying principle, he set about designing a new martial art to reflect the concept of maximum efficiency in the use of physical and mental energy. Today, the concepts and techniques of judo taught at the Kodokan are the ones originally devised by their creator and collected together in this book. Covering everything from the fundamental techniques to prearranged formal exercises for both men and women, the book offers detailed explanations of how techniques are combined in two types of practice: randori (free practice) and kata (the practice of forms). In addition to a discussion of traditional methods of resuscitation, the book concludes with a useful appendix of information on the founder and the Kodokan International Judo Center, and a glossary of judo terminology. Fully illustrated throughout, Kodokan Judo will help students and instructors everywhere to discover the principles, techniques, and spirit of this popular martial art.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7.25" Height: 10.5" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 1994
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770017995 ISBN13 9784770017994
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More About Jigoro Kano
JIGORO KANO became a professor at the age of twenty-five and, as an influential educator, played an important role in transforming Japan into a modern nation. He served as Chairman of the Japan Amateur Sports Association and was the first Asian to be elected to the International Olympic Committee. YUKIMITSU KANO wrote the Foreword to this volume. He is the fourth president of the Kodokan, the president of the All Japan Judo Association and the grandson of the author.
Reviews - What do customers think about Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano?
If you own only one book on the subject of judo... Jan 9, 2008
...it should be this one. All the basics are here, copiously illustrated (some of the images featuring judo's founder, Jigoro Kano) and explained in a fair amount of detail. Although other books may offer more variations and flashier presentations, herein can be found all the rudiments of Kodokan judo. If the subject interests you at all, you simply must own this book. With judo's popularity on the rise (even professional mixed martial artists, typically reliant on either wrestling or Brazilian jiu-itsu, have begun to reevaluate judo and its usefulness in the combative context), no serious student of the martial arts can afford to ignore Kano's work, and this book is the gateway to understanding that work.
Complete system Jan 7, 2008
Complete text of traditional art by authoratative author. Excellent reference of techniques. Chinese author has slight problem with english in this translation. Does not delineate when or where to use techniques. Must learn Chin-na with instructor to learn this.
The Bible Of Judo Sep 18, 2007
As stated above, this book is considered the foundation of Judo, both modern day and early judo. Please be aware that this book is not to purchased and read as a novel: it is to supplement judo training in the dojo and assist with one's desire to achieve success in the sport of judo.
Mildly disappointed Sep 11, 2007
I purchased the book with the hope that it would include more detail on the martial aspects of Judo, i.e. atemi (strikes), leglocks, and other things considered illegal in competition. It has some, but speaks of them very generally, and always refers one to the Kata. As a general reference it good, but not exactly what I had hoped.
Great reference Book May 13, 2007
I have been practicing /training in Judo for approx. 3 months, great book for review /insight before and after training and performing at Dojo.