Displaying the most impressive throws, decisive armbars, dominant pins, and effective chokes, judo is a particularly powerful sport and martial art that can bring opponents into submission in highly assertive ways. With determination and perseverance, such tremendous power could be yours. Designed with safety considerations in mind, judo allows people of all ages to be involved in a long-term fitness activity with opportunities for continuous improvement. The practice of judo is a way of life that promotes physical and mental harmony, which contributes to a balanced lifestyle. It is also an Olympic sport that has been gaining increasing worldwide visibility.
Judo comprises a wide array of principles and techniques, many of which are not properly explained to beginners, who are sometimes thrown onto a mat without much understanding of what they are supposed to do there, or why. Paired with the heavy use of Japanese terms, beginning judo classes could be confusing and frustrating. This situation prevents people from understanding the big picture and take control of their learning process. Under such tradition, the necessary knowledge must be mostly acquired from outside sources. This book addresses that critical gap, providing beginning practitioners with the necessary knowledge about the fundamentals of judo, establishing a solid foundation and paving the way for an enjoyable and safe journey, all the way to black belt. Avoid potential pitfalls and make the best of your judo experience by gaining a greater understanding of this fine discipline.
Some of the topics covered in this book include the principles of judo, the need for physical conditioning, the development of good habits, judo etiquette, protective equipment, judo techniques, preparation for and participation in judo competitions, frequent requirements for promotions, and general recommendations for improving performance. These topics are presented in a gradual way with safety considerations in mind.
Note: Judo rules have recently experienced significant changes. As a result, many techniques that appear in earlier judo books and videos can now get practitioners disqualified if used in competition. This book includes content based on the current rules of the International Judo Federation.
Published on August 1, 2016
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