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2/21/12 2:44 PM
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Hello everyone. I've got a week away coming up and was thinking of a good judo book to past the time. I've read mark laws last book and enjoyed it. Anyone know of any other good books? Cheers in advance;-) Phone Post
2/21/12 10:41 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Judo-Katsuhiko-Kashiwazaki/dp/0720715946
2/22/12 3:26 AM
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Thanks for link mate. Had a look , tad expensive for bit of light reading. I'll hunt around and see if I find it bit cheaper. Amazon had it for over 200 dollars :- Phone Post
2/23/12 3:15 AM
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yea. it is that rare.
2/23/12 8:16 AM
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Josh I just checked some online used book sites for rare books and it is expensive all the way around.
2/23/12 10:05 AM
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anybody read the one written by Vladmir Puttin? i've been planning on checking it out for a while now....
2/23/12 10:29 AM
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Yeah it's big bucks everywhere. There u are Joshua there's a big market for someone to tell there judo stories :-) to many instruction books not enough bios Phone Post
2/23/12 12:03 PM
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Fighting Judo is fantastic. So is Okano's 2 book set (tachi + newaza). There are so many excellent out-of-print judo books - Kudo, Geesink, Seisenbacher etc. You're going to pay top-dollar for them.
Canon of Judo is pretty cool though the image quality isn't so good.

"Best Judo" by Inokuma and Sato is well done, has high quality images and is much more affordable.

Spartan79, What do you want out of a book? Mostly bio?
2/23/12 3:18 PM
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Yes mate looking for mostly bio. I've got quite a few instruction ones.
I really enjoyed the pyjama game by mark law. Phone Post
2/23/12 6:48 PM
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I think Modern Judo by George Kerr and Peter Seisenbacher may interest you. It goes into Seisenbacher's life while training for his 2 back-to-back olympic golds. Has a section on his techniques as well.

It's out-of-print but not so expensive. I'll doublecheck the contents tonight.

I liked Mark Law's book but wasn't blown away by it. I remember reading about Yamashita in Law's book and realizing I'd read most of it before in Yamashita's own "Fighting Spirit of Judo" which is a solid mix of bio/musings/technique but is out-of-print now and quite expensive when you find a copy.









2/23/12 11:38 PM
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Since Kashiwazaki's book is out of print, would a pdf floating around the interwebs be an awful thing?
2/24/12 12:43 AM
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Looked through "Modern Judo Techniques of East and West" by Kerr and Seisenbacher.

Table of Contents:

Ch1: The Japanese Tradition: A personal history by George Kerr
Ch2: The Western tradition: Judo for Sport by Seisenbacher
Ch3: The Modern View: by Kerr and Seisenbacher
Ch4: Contest Judo: Championship Winning Techniques by Seisenbacher
Ch5: Modern Training Methods by Kerr
Appendices:
I: The History of Judo in the West by Kerr
II: Word Championships and Olympic Games: Results and Analysis by Seisenbacher.

169 content pages with glossary and index to ~200pp total.

The are many photos and I estimate 60% of the book is devoted to techniques and training. The techniques shown for the most part are Seisenbacher's and he explains how and why he developed them, sometimes in response to certain repeated opponents.Kerr talks about the evolution of judo as he sees it in relation to his own background and experience as competitor and coach.

Yamashita's "Fighting Spirit of Judo" follows the same format(not co-written) though it has much more technique and less bio/thoughts on judo.

There are a few bios on Kano as well as some compiled writings of his.

If you read Japanese, there are bios on Kimura, Inoue and a few others. Most of the time for English judo books, seems that bios and history are just another short part of technical manuals.

Off of the judo track, there's "Angry White Pyjamas" by Robert Twigger, who documents his 1 year intensive Yoshinkan aikido course at the Tokyo Riot Police. Entertaining and brutal in parts.




2/24/12 2:50 AM
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Nice one mate I'll try and track that down. Good idea on the PDF too. Cheaper the better theses days lol! Phone Post
2/26/12 3:17 AM
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Books are okay, if you have the opportunity to watch A NEW WIND, by fighting films. Koga is outlining his Seoi Nage and other effective tachiwaza. FYI Phone Post
2/26/12 3:18 AM
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Btw, you can find it on YouTube. Phone Post
2/26/12 3:21 AM
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Cool . I'll check it out! Phone Post
2/26/12 3:42 AM
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Geoff Gleason's book.... wow.
2/26/12 3:06 PM
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I got the fighting spirt of Japan by ed Harris ( I think) hope it a good read! Phone Post
2/27/12 10:18 PM
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FYI Spartan, the PDF is out there. I'v seen it !
2/29/12 6:13 PM
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All of Gleason's books are outstanding. More theory than bio though.
3/3/12 11:37 AM
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JoshuaResnick - Geoff Gleason's book.... wow.


If you don't mind elaborating, I'd be interested in hearing which book you are referring to and what your thoughts are about it. Thanks in advance!

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