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4.0 out of 5 stars The Official Bible of Kodokan Judo...but not the Last Word
This is a great book, showing many,many techniques, including quite a few that most judo players never get around to learning. The photos for many techniques show masters demonstrating, even Dr. Kano. However, the clarity of the images is not as good as in earlier editions. While many techniques and forms are shown, it does not go deeply into any of them, or into...
Published on Dec 2 1999 by Jason Erickson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Handbook and Reference
What this book does offer is a marvellously large collection of (fair-good) images of the major moves in Judo. It is a prized reference book, and will do well to remind a practitioner of the basics while off of the mat. One wishes there were more detail on some of the fundamental techniques, with close-ups on hold-patterns or throw techniques; unfortunately, there are...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Official Bible of Kodokan Judo...but not the Last Word, Dec 2 1999
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Jason Erickson (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
This is a great book, showing many,many techniques, including quite a few that most judo players never get around to learning. The photos for many techniques show masters demonstrating, even Dr. Kano. However, the clarity of the images is not as good as in earlier editions. While many techniques and forms are shown, it does not go deeply into any of them, or into methods of training. For in-depth explanation of formal technique, see "Judo Formal Techniques" by Otaki and Donn Draeger, "Judo in Action (vol. 1 throwing techniques, vol.2 grappling techniques)" by Kazuo Kudo, or for training methods/technique application see "Judo Training Methods" by Donn Draeger, "Attacking Judo" by Ken Maynard and Alan Menzies, "Modern Judo" or "Contest Judo" by Charles Yerkow, or ANY book from Ippon Classics. For historical purposes, consider "The Complete Kano Jiu-Jitsu" by Hancock and Higashi, "Japan's Ultimate Martial Art" by Darrell Craig, or "Asian Fighting Arts" by Donn Draeger. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what are you looking for ..., Jan. 1 2004
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Edmon Begoli (Knoxville, TN United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
First ask yourself what are you looking for.
If you are judoka then start from here. This book is the official Judo "reference" book with every segment of the Judo in it. It is more reference, then manual and as everybody else said that some photos are poor for today's standards (because they are almost 100 years old). Most of the groundwork photos are excellent, and display demonstrations by top Japanese instructors. You will not necessarly learn Judo techniques from this book ,but you will know what they are, and you will know 100% what the Judo is.
It is also a very good material for rank promotions.
If you are a Judo competitor you necessarly need (at least) a "Best Judo" to complement this book with competitive style of Judo.
If you are a BJJ guy this book will be very educational, it will help you understand some roots, and it will definitely give you some strong pointers on the ground. If you are looking for UFC style stuff it will not give you enough.
If you are a Martial Artist and you want to know about Judo this book will be a good bet for the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great but for the some of the bad photographs, Aug. 18 2003
This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
This is a great book, no question. It is a wonderful overview and reference guide. I guess I take exception to the complaints Brian Glennon. I think the introduciton of so-called "non-judo technique" can only serve to strengthen Judo as a whole. As Inokuma Sensei states, "the judo contest takes the form of a fight" it seems silly and counter productive to limit the arsenal of the fighter simply to please someone's sense of aestetics. Furthermore I think Glennon's complaint stems from a deep seated resentment that some "non-judo" techniques can defeat "judo" techniques. Sato sensei himself thought that Sambo's version of kesa gatame was superior to Judos and adopted the sambo form.
I am also not sold on the absolute importance of Kata. I think Judo kata are far superior to the kind found in many other traditional martial arts forms, especially since it involves another person, and movement (though pre-rehearsed). I think the BJJ people have the practical fighting side of Judo down because the art teaches self defense and fighting in a much less structured way.
Though I have some reservations about being a judo traditionalist (it certainly is not for me) I do have a great deal of love for judo, and think that all grapplers, especially gi grapplers need both Kodokan Judo, and Best Judo, as these two volumes are excellent references sure to help improve ones grappling game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The necessary foundation of a judo library, Jan. 4 2002
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Michael C. Hedrick (Annandale, VA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
I have used this book often during my studies of the "Gentle Way." A general survey of all the basics of judo, originally written by the founder, Jigoro Kano, this tome contains descriptions and photographs of all the basic techniques and every kata. Besides this, you will find a history of judo, Kano-sensei's philosophy of how judo is a way of life and not just a sport or martial art, brief material on combination techniques, and some first aid. it is the foundation of all that is judo, but you can't learn judo solely from the book. Proper instruction is necessary first. The only flaw I can detect is that some of the photos are old, but the book doesn't suffer much from this. Note that the book does not have much on physical training, new techniques, or extra detail on some techniques, but these can be found in other books to add to a collection. Start with this one first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Handbook and Reference, June 10 2000
This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
What this book does offer is a marvellously large collection of (fair-good) images of the major moves in Judo. It is a prized reference book, and will do well to remind a practitioner of the basics while off of the mat. One wishes there were more detail on some of the fundamental techniques, with close-ups on hold-patterns or throw techniques; unfortunately, there are none. There is scant covering of any combination maneuvers which prove to be so helpful.
In any event, the content that is present covers a significant amount of throws, holds, sacrifices, and other techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide to Judo, July 8 2004
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Neil A. Ohlenkamp (Santa Barbara CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
If you study Judo you need this book. It is the definitive and official description of what Judo is by the founder of Judo and the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo. Sure the pictures could be larger and more clear, but a lot is crammed into this book including important historical photos of famous masters performing techniques. There may be more basic books for beginners, but if you intend to really study Judo then you need this one.
If you do other martial arts and you want to know about Judo this would also be a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars complete, April 20 2003
This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
Very good. I go to a grappling heavy school, and initially over-emphasized the gracie books (which are quite good). My sensei steered me more traditional, investigating balance, footwork, throws and holds, like in this book, then you have a firm foundation on which to build strong submission grappling skills. It's pretty good and a nice addition to gracie's work for BJJ practitioners. If you were a judo traditionalist (unlike me), I imagine it would be indispensible without question. So either way, you can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The judo-bible!, Sept. 10 1997
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This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
I just have to say this. This is one of THE classic judo-books. Written by Kano (the founder of judo) himself you definately can call this the judo-bible. It covers all the main areas of this wonderful sport: from history and principles to techniques, from basic movements to advanced... The book is fully illustrated by some of the greatest masters in Japan through all times. Among the contributors you will find six 10th dans!!! The text is easy to understand and will without doubt deepen your understanding of judo
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4.0 out of 5 stars judo basics, July 28 2002
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Dave Leamon "Art Rat" (Los Angeles, Ca United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
This is a great book, and you're getting it right from the source, Sensei Jigaro Kano. The only ( yet signifigant) flaw of this book is the poor photo quality - as other reviewers have noted. A lot of this is due to the photos being undoctored, old-school shots of the actual masters and founders of the sport. Supplement this with Best Judo (Inokuma/Sato) and you will learn a lot before you hit the mats.
Students of BJJ can also do themselves a favor by checking out where all the Brazilian moves came from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest and most prestigious judo book ever written, Jan. 6 2000
This review is from: Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano (Paperback)
Jigoro Kano was the founder of judo. It has received a boost in recent years thanks to the Gracie family of Brazil and their students, who prove beyond doubt that judo/jiujitsu is the most effective fighting art in the world.
Kano includes in his masterpiece 57 throwing techniques, 7 hold down techniques, 11 strangling techniques, and 9 joint locks. Practice these moves with a partner at home and you will be a great fighter. Knowing these moves is the great equalizer against a stronger opponent.
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