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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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Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki is widely regarded as one of the greatest exponents of osaekomi of the last decades of the 20th century. This is the first book ever to concentrate purely on osaekomi and as such presents a considerable challenge. The range of the classic holds is relatively small--less that a dozen--but the numbers of variations and methods of application are enormous; and they are changing and developing all the time. In this extremely clear explanation Kashiwazaki deals with the basic holds, the variations, the weaknesses and the escapes. Then--in what is perhaps the most revealing aspect of the book--he presents the applications, the turnovers that enable the judoka to apply the holds.

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The journey to the top for the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighter in history has been filled with challenges. From a childhood marked by speech problems to the painful loss of her father, she grew up repeatedly pushing her mind and body to the limit in order to win. She battled prejudice to become the first female fighter in UFC. Now she is the biggest name in the sport, breaking attendance levels and re-writing the history books with her astonishing knockout victories, most in under a minute. She has also forged a successful Hollywood career as an actor.

In this honest and inspiring book, Rousey relives her greatest fights and shares her secrets for success and mental toughness. She reveals how we can all be at our best, even on our worst days, and how we can turn our limitations into opportunities. It will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.

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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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World-leading sports nutritionist James Collins shapes the eating habits of Olympic athletes and Premier League footballers, so they are on peak form when it counts. After a decade of working with the likes of Arsenal FC, England Football and Team GB, now he’s distilling his elite sports success into simple food principles that any of us can follow to feel at our best in our daily lives.

Peak performance is all about energy and how to eat and exercise right for your body and your routine. By following The Energy Plan, you will learn how to fuel your body for your life, power through the 4pm slump, get the best out of your day if you're working from home and resist the junk foods that drag you down. Instead you will naturally choose foods that leave you bursting with energy for work and play – and allow you to fully recharge afterwards. You’ll feel more productive, sleep well, lose unwanted weight and avoid illness.

Forget fasting and low carb diets. The Energy Plan is a whole new mindset that will forever change your relationship with food, exercise and your body, giving you a winning edge in everything that you do.

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The Tipping Point

Malcom Gladwell

In this brilliant and original book, Malcolm Gladwell explains and analyses the 'tipping point', that magic moment when ideas, trends and social behaviour cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire. Taking a look behind the surface of many familiar occurrences in our everyday world, Gladwell explains the fascinating social dynamics that cause rapid change.

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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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Fighting Judo

Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, Terence Donovan

The quality of the Fighting Judo Kashiwazaki book in terms of its aesthetic beauty is unmatched. The author, a world champion demonstrates throws, holds, pins, turnovers, grabs, and entanglements, and discusses the finer points of mat work. The black and white photography of Terence Donovan makes a huge impact.

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Training and Conditioning for Judo

Aurelien Broussal-Derval

With a black belt in both judo and Brazilian jujitsu and experience that includes training the British and Russian Olympic judo teams, Aurelien Broussal-Derval is uniquely qualified to help judokas-from beginners to competitive black belts-develop the balance, coordination, and power needed for success on the mat.

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