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Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano

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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.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 15th 1994 by Kodansha (first published June 1986)
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Leslie D. Soule
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is THE book for any Judoka! It shows the throws and newaza techniques, and explains the principles and philosophy of Judo. Makes me want to visit the Kodokan in Japan someday. :)
Jeff
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Consider fully, act decisively." - Kanō Jigorō (Basic Principle No. 3) ...more
Rhani
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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It is not important to be better than someone else, but to be better than you were yesterday.
Sebastian
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is probably a super-useful reference/reminder for somebody who is already training judo and is familiar with the techniques, but for someone like me, coming from an adjacent/daughter art (BJJ) and attempting to learn something about the origins of the art and perhaps expand my library of techniques, the blurry old photo illustrations and unclear technique descriptions render the central part of the book almost useless – I could just about recognize common moves, but could make neither heads ...more
Matt
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You need to get on a tatami before you'll understand this, but its an excellent learning tool. ...more
Mike
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Thought this was going to be more about the history and theory behind judo rather than an instructional guide. Oh well.
D M
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
well made, written by the founder of judo himself.
Marshall Hahn
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tremendous!
Jamal Bailey
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Judo is my favorite exercise/sport. Judo always stay inside of me. I do a lot with it everyday life.
Rob
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An invaluable resource for those just starting out and likely those continuing to learn Judo, from the creator of the martial art himself, Jigoro Kano.
Patrick
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: martial arts enthusiasts
The core book about judo. In my opinion, it's the best place to start for those who would like to learn a little about this martial art (apart from actually going to a dojo of course). ...more
Ryan
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's the book. ...more
Todd
The first martial art I ever studied.
Essien Allan
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jigoro is legendary.Physics meets calisthenics Practice is for life.
Pablo Martinez
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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It's a great reference book.

It gives you a basic idea of Judo, its history and philosophy and a list of al techniques with pictures and short explanation. Great for studying them before googling them and looking at VIDEOS of people doing them and explaining them.

Another issue I found is that even if the pictures show the most notorious and original masters of the art, the definition is crap. I much rather have a nice crisp picture of a less notorious guy doing the same technique, as it's shown
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Roberto Zanasi
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elenca e illustra tutte le tecniche di judo, compresi i kata. Guida di riferimento (per appassionati, naturalmente).
A Blane
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding textbook of Judo!
Jose
Jun 13, 2015 added it
Was my staple read an earlier version of Professor Kano's edition in the 60's ...more
Kevin
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The bible of Judo. Nothing more needs to be said.
Glenn Macias
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Great Book, I carry it my bag at the DOJO
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Kanō Jigorō (嘉納 治五郎?, 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938) was the founder of judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking between members of a martial art sty ...more

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