Judo: An Introductory Guide for Beginners


judo for beginners

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.

 What judo experts and reviewers are saying:

An ‘information packed’ roadmap to learning judo. Direct, simple, and everything one needs to start off on the right foot in learning judo. I highly recommend this book for anyone serious about learning judo.” –HAYWARD NISHIOKA, 9th Degree Judo Black Belt, former national and Pan-American champion, author of several books about judo, and two-time Judo Hall of Fame member.

“A clear and concise introduction to the principles of judo, a roadmap for the development of judo expertise, and a valuable review of the foundations of the sport for more advanced practitioners and teachers. I will add many of his descriptions and explanations to my own teaching of judokas at all levels.” CHARLES MEDANI, M.D., 7th Degree Judo Black Belt and President of Shufu Judo Yudanshakai, the black belt association of the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

“I highly recommend this book to anybody that really wants to learn the basic principles of Judo, and especially to those special people who want to teach rather than just coach.” –ISRAEL HERNANDEZ, two-time Olympic bronze medalist and 6th Degree Judo Black Belt.

“A particularly good asset for new students, easy to follow and understand, covering several basic subjects sometimes overlooked or not mentioned. I recommend this book for those learning judo as well as for anyone who would like to add a good resource to their judo library.” –MICHAEL LANDSTREET, 5th Degree Judo Black Belt, Head Instructor of the Arlington Judo Club, Judo Professor at George Mason University, and President of Virginia Judo Inc.

“People who are considering which martial art to choose for their children, or themselves, should definitely read this book! Judo Black Belt Rodolfo Tello plainly and concisely introduces the reader to the judo “way of life” which includes history, culture, terminology and philosophy.  As a lifelong judoka and father of two judo black belts, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.” –ROBERT WINSTON, Colonel, USAF, Retired and 5th Degree Judo Black Belt.

Beginners will certainly benefit from the book’s lucid explanation of the fundamentals of judo, but all judokas can benefit from adopting its staged approach to making further progress on the mat and adopting the tenets of judo in their daily lives.” –GAIV TATA, 3rd Degree Judo Black Belt.

I found myself more and more drawn into the idea of exploring this martial art more fully … Rodolfo Tello’s coverage of his subject is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and well-presented.” –Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite.

A lean, direct introductory text for readers interested in judo culture and practice.”Kirkus Reviews

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented.” Midwest Book Review

 Published on August 1, 2016

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