Judo Books: Must Read
Posted 15 May 2008 - 12:24 AM
Which book should I buy and why?
Posted 15 May 2008 - 12:34 AM
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 01:04 AM
For someone just starting out, I would say my hands down recommendation would be Best Judo. Small book, filled with many of the techniques you will learn and need to get decent at in the first few years of judo. Nice mix of both newaza, tachiwaza, and combos. Cheap, plentiful, easy to keep around.
Canon of judo. Kind of esoteric in some spots. Not sure what to make of it. Some nice notes on individual throws. Used to be a fan of it, now more ambiguous.
Kodokan judo throwing techniques. An amazing repository of knowledge about judo throws. Many variations, covered sometimes in excruciating detail. However, it's more of a reference book. And until you are really working and fine tuning techniques, a lot of it's info you might just zoom over. Again, important book, but in my mind, more of a reference that shows the principle, and technical aspects of throws.
Kodokan Judo. Kano is listed as author, but he isn't. This is just a syllabus of Kodokan judo. Covers all the throws, kata, etc. in Kodokan judo. But pictures are small and bad. Writing is pretty terse. OK as a reference.
Vital Judo. By Okano. Amazing books. I think you have to have a bit of experience before what it covers makes some sense. It's filled with situational judo, and examples of throws as they are done in randori. Just a great book when you want to get past the basics of a throw like seoi, or uchi, etc. Again, until you've got some randori time built up, a book like this won't help much. And it's expensive. Probably $150 used.
Fighting Judo. This is an amazing picture book of newaza and related tachiwaza by Kashiwazaki. One of my absolute faves. But I hate to read it because it's gorgeous, and I'm afraid of ruining it. Also expensive.
Master class series from Ippon Books. There are a bunch of these on various techniques. Again, not much use to someone still learning just the basics.
All of these books are awesome. I eagerly bought them, but over time realized that while great to look at, I really had to build up some more judo skill to truly tap into them. The one I refer to the most is Best Judo.
Posted 15 May 2008 - 03:08 AM
At this point I think I am leaning towards getting both of these books: Best Judo and Judo Unleashed.
Thanks for the recommendations so far.
Posted 15 May 2008 - 04:52 AM
Posted 15 May 2008 - 05:15 AM
for this I would suggest Judo Unleashed
as a beginner I really only found books useful to remember names as compared to the actual instruction given to me by my sensai just to keep in mind, as you grow to have a greater understanding they can be a useful tool or just a good read for many as well
hope you don't feel left out Mr. Ohlenkamp
Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:05 AM
its not too bad a read on a rainy afternoon,
the bloke who wrote it has done a bit of Judo in the past.
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:50 AM
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 03:46 PM
I hope this little list will help you as it does for me!
1) Formal judo techs -by Dreager, otaki
2) Judo in action -Kudo -two books can find on e-bay pretty easy hard back very expencive but paper back cheaper.
throw and grappling very nice books
3) Sports Judo -kobayashi -sharp
4) Judo Tech's -Takagaki and sharp
5) The Secrets of Judo -Watanabe and Avakain
6) Chapionship Judo -kurihara
7) Vital Judo -very costly but killer two book series -probably the best.
8) Best Judo -Inokuma -Sato
9) Mastering Judo -Takahashi -this isn't one you have is it? I really liked it.
10) A to z Judo -Soar
11) Judo -History snd Philosophy -the best book for all new students and those not used to Judo as whole i think this book is one of my faves.
12) and lastly -one i just got not to long ago -by ours truely Judo sensei- Judo unleashed -another killer book.
Hope this list helps and you can see very nice video's on youtube as well but alway go to class as you will learn more that way than any other feeling the pain is always a great way to learn.
Posted 16 May 2008 - 12:37 AM
Posted 16 May 2008 - 01:07 AM
Just in case i might have this incorrect and i am sure you all will let me know ,i used at ask CK about book all the time but after reading a article here about Oda sensei in his writing. First book was called "Koshita Judo Wa Sushume "(You progress this way in Judo).
He wrote first book and then 25 years later wrote a two volume set "Judo Taikan" -yeap i said it 25 years later and then even further down the way in both age and just in time for his 9th dan promotion he publishes a third book that was 300 pages i think in lenght so in defence of CK sensei and all his bad habbits he may encounter be borded so please all wait o.k. sure he is taking his time but remember lets just hope it isn't 25yrs.
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 03:00 AM
Posted 16 May 2008 - 03:03 AM
Ain't that prodding the bear? Maybe you should list some of those bad habits while you still can (for research purposes).
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