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40 Judo Throws

Nik Fairbrother

40 Judo Throws is an illustrated junior guide to all the throws of the Gokyo (judo syllabus), written by world champion Nik Fairbrother, 7th Dan. There are step by step tutorials for each technique, and learning is visual, clear and easy. There are also tips from the author on improving your throwing skills.

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Moderately Satisfied Don Werner Our Sensei

Nik Fairbrother, Karen Roberts

Moderately Satisfied Don Werner Our Sensei is the biography of the legendary Pinewood judo coach written through the eyes of two of his pupils, Nicola Fairbrother and Karen Roberts. The story of one man, a sensei who made thousands of lives brighter, bigger and better. Don Werner coached for 55 years during which time he produced 4 world champions, 296 British Champions, 132 black belts, 9 European titles and 1 Olympic medal. But his real legacy lives on in al those he taught.

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In 50 absorbing stories drawn from a lifetime of experience in Europe and the Far East, Trevor Leggett shows that judo is a training for life. The Cherry Tree, Cutting Off the Bull’s Horns, Tigers and Rabbits and, of course The Dragon Mask, are in themselves entertaining, informative and even surprising – but underneath each is a wider application that can reach to the heart of our lives. Judo, he says, can be as much about character development as combat on the mat.

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Mind over muscle

Jigoro Kano

In 1882 Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) founded Kodokan Judo at Eishoji Temple in Tokyo. It was the culmination of a lifelong devotion to the jujutsu of the past, which he reorganized while taking great care to retain its classical traditions. Historically, martial arts were practiced only by the elite in Japan. Kano, a renowned educator as well as a sportsman, is credited with popularizing the martial arts, and in particular, judo, among people in all levels of society.

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At 24 Neil Adams was at the top of his game. He was on the Olympic team, had almost every Judo championship title in the world under his belt and had recently been awarded an MBE. This is not his Olympic Story. This is not a 'good old, glory days' kind of tale. This is about what happens after, when the sponsors have disappeared, when the shine of the medal has dulled into the public's distant memory. When you are left alone to deal with bills and life decisions that suddenly have nothing to do with Judo, BBC Superstars or Glory. This is the story of a man rebuilding his life on and off the mats.

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A life in Judo

Neil Adams

A life in judo is a fascinating insight into one of Britain's most successful sportsmen of the 1970s and 1980s. Adams discusses the important of the correct psychological attitude and the pressures of staying at the top of his sport. The last three chapters examine his chief techniques and training routines in greater detail.

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Armlocks

Neil Adams

The armlock is one of the most successful groundwork skills of modern judo. This "Masterclass Techniques" study by Neil Adams, one of the finest exponents of the technique of the last twenty years, will ensure its continued dominance. The book provides a detailed study of variations--including ude-gatame and the spectacular flying armlock--which have been developed and successfully used in competition by leading names from the world of judo such as Iaskevitch, Divisenko, Seisenbacher and Great Britain's Karen Briggs.

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Grips

Neil Adams

This is the first book ever to be written on the crucial aspect of judo gripping techniques. Adams was widely recognized for his masterly understanding of grips even though his favored grip was eminently classical. In this pioneering volume, he looks at orthodox and unorthodox gripping, attack and defense, gripping strategies, and gripping skills.

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Fighting Spirit of Judo

Yasuhiro Yamashita

This book although having some autobiographical content, is essentially a detailed analysis of Yamashita's favourite techniques as described by the great man himself, with a short biography including some of the author's thoughts on some aspects of judo and detailed description of Yamashita's favourite techniques.

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