Best Judo

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Kodansha International, 1986 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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This book is the joint effort of two of Japan's foremost judo instructors. Isao Inokuma and Nobuyuki Sato have also been world-class judo champions, and their advice and enthusiasm have helped train countless other judo practitioners. Among their students is the sensational Yasuhiro Yamashita, who captured the All-Japan Judo Championship nine times in a row from 1977 to 1985. Now, with Best Judo, their winning methods can be yours.

Best Judo can be used by beginners and veterans alike. It starts with the basic judo postures and salutations and shows you how to move on the mat, how to control your opponent, and how to be thrown safely. It then demonstrates the essential judo techniques: throwing, grappling, locking, choking, escaping, and sequence combinations.

Over 1,200 photos and easy-to-follow action sequences-many of them demonstrated by Yamashita present each movement clearly. Brief explanations emphasize important areas for study, caution, and concentration. There is also a section on training, full of ideas for building and vitalizing your body.

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ISAO INOKUMA is a professor of physical education at Tokai University, standing trustee of International Budo University, an international refree, and a member of the supporting committee of the All-Japan Judo Federation. He twice won the All-Japan Judo Championship and was the gold medal winner in the heavyweight division of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He also won the open category in the Fourth World Judo Championships.

NOBUYUKI SATO is a professor of physical education at Tokai University. Winner of the All-Japan Judo Championship in 1974 and the light-heavyweight titles of the Fifth and Eighth World Judo Championships, he is a member of the supporting committee of the All-Japan Judo Federation.

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