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#1 User is offline   Kimura Fan 

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 03:43 AM

Just wanted to start a list of must read judo books, I'll start with 'Best Judo.'

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 04:50 AM

The entire masterclass series by Ippon books/Fighting Films (armlocks, ashiwaza 1 and 2, harai goshi, uchimata, tomoe nage, shime waza, osaekomi, Russian Judo, osotogari, seoi nage, pickups, and grips).

Kodokan Judo by Jigoro Kano.

Attacking Judo by Kashiwazaki and Nakanishi.

The Fighting Spirit of Judo by Yasuhiro Yamashita.

The Sport Science of Elite Judo Athletes by Wayland Pulkkinen.
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Posted 31 May 2004 - 05:05 AM

Four of my favorites (in no particular order):

Judo Heart & Soul by Hayward Nishioka
Advice for competitors, on training and competing.

Attacking Judo - A guide to combinations and counters
Also contains tips to improve your techniques. Clearly illustrated, with arrows denoting directions of movement (similar to Decisive Judo).

An Introduction to Kodokan Judo: History and Philosophy - Dr. David Matsumoto
Here is an excerpt from the book: The History of Judo

Osaekomi- by Katsukiko Kashiwazaki
I found his "Personal View" and "History of Osaekomi" very insightful. This was also the first I'd seen mention of Kosen Judo.

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 06:30 AM

JUDO by Syd Hoare.
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Posted 31 May 2004 - 09:26 AM

I think all the masterclass books are good for technique development and gaining a greater insight into the major techniques of judo. I personally like Russian judo, ashiwaza 2, osaekomi, osotogari and pickup as some of the best.
These are more like reference books and very short. If like me, you'll read them once or twice bit then flick through them fairly reguarly.

"Modern Judo" by Peter Scisenbacher and George Kerr and "The fighting Spirit of Judo" by Yamashita and great books. Both Scisenbacher and Yamashita did virtually the exact same tachiwaza techniques but in their own way. They are very similar judokas but at the same time very different.

I also like "A life in judo" by Neil Adams and "Judo, Starbrook Style" by David Starbrook as both are English judo players like me ;) PLus Starbrook didnt start judo till he was 19 but acheived so much.

"Championship judo" by T.P. Leggett and K. Watanbe was printed in 1964 but is great! This is like the original masterclass book. It covers ouchigari and tai-otoshi mainly but in great detail, and covers attacking pattern linking the 2 techniques. I think this is my best book on judo technique but not my favourite.

I know imentioned a few but I cannot choose my favourite - and why should I when I have a fair few ;)

ANd aonther note, I know the guy that wrote and helped with a lot of the masterclass books and modern judo.
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Posted 31 May 2004 - 05:25 PM

Rodgie, on May 31 2004, 09:26 AM, said:

I know the guy that wrote and helped with a lot of the masterclass books and modern judo.

Are you good friends with Neil Adams?
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Post icon  Posted 31 May 2004 - 06:56 PM

Judo for the west by Geoff Gleeson.
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Post icon  Posted 31 May 2004 - 06:59 PM

Sorry forgot to add Fighiting Judo by Kashiwazaki
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Posted 31 May 2004 - 07:17 PM

ashibarai, most of the masterclass books, The fighting Spirit of Judo and Modern Judo are not written by the people on the covers. The guy I now spent time with people like Scisencaher, Kerr, Kashiwazaki, Yamashita and Adams and writes the books for them. Or some of the books he helped lay out.
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Posted 01 June 2004 - 01:20 AM

"Judo," by Roy Inman. It's part of the "Skills of the Game" series, which I think must be published almost exclusively in the UK. I found it at a used bookstore and snatched it up. It's a pretty thin volume, but it has some good information in it.
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Posted 01 June 2004 - 01:29 AM

Rodgie, on May 31 2004, 07:17 PM, said:

ashibarai, most of the masterclass books, The fighting Spirit of Judo and Modern Judo are not written by the people on the covers. The guy I now spent time with people like Scisencaher, Kerr, Kashiwazaki, Yamashita and Adams and writes the books for them. Or some of the books he helped lay out.

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 05:21 AM

Kodokan Judo
Best Judo
Teach Yourself Judo (by Syd Hoare)
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Posted 01 June 2004 - 08:20 AM

ashibarai, on Jun 1 2004, 01:29 AM, said:

Rodgie, on May 31 2004, 07:17 PM, said:

ashibarai, most of the masterclass books, The fighting Spirit of Judo and Modern Judo are not written by the people on the covers. The guy I now spent time with people like Scisencaher, Kerr, Kashiwazaki, Yamashita and Adams and writes the books for them. Or some of the books he helped lay out.

Eddie Ferrie?

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 09:10 AM

"Judo Formal Techniques" by Otaki and Draeger is THE bible on kata (or at least nage and katame no kata).
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Posted 03 June 2004 - 03:09 PM

what's the story with the canon of judo, has it been republished yet?
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