Title: Judo: Seven steps to black belt(An Introductory Guide for Beginners)
Author: Rodolfo Tello
Publisher: Amakella Publishing
Date of Publication: 1 August 2016
Genre: Self Help
The word Judo is derived from the Japanese term ‘Jujitsu’. This beginner’s guide provides a glance at the various aspects of this world famous Japanese martial art form.
Jugoro Kano in 1882 laid the foundation of the Kokodan Institute in Tokyo. It is from here that the practice of Judo took a start. Today it is an Olympic sport and has become a way of life for many both in Japan and outside; among Japanese nationals and others. This highly instructive guide uses a simple and easy language to describe the very basics of judo. The tone is more advisory that descriptive and presents important tips for beginners. It will be sincerely useful for learners or practitioners of judo. The Japanese terminology used in Judo is introduced slowly one by one and then each sparring technique is explained so that learners can gain better results in their practice sessions. Judo is presented more as a defence art than a full on combat like boxing. It is more artistic and individualistic but within the bounds of its unique techniques. Above all the book stresses on discipline of the mind and body that Judo fully imparts and without internal devotion towards the art there can be no proper practice. It teaches respect, discipline and perseverance. It also promotes team work, team spirit, leadership and self -confidence.
Bullet points are presented to showcase the rules of judo in competitions. These do’s and don’ts are useful for those who learn judo actively and plan to appear for some competition. Knowing these will help plan a better strategy. Tello also goes on to chart the various techniques that are present. This is followed by judo etiquettes. Detailed information is provided about the rei or the bowing and the uniform design and its meaning. It can be white or blue though white is more commonly used and preferred accompanied by slippers and a belt; the belt denoting the stage of training. Judo teaches humility and peace with oneself and one’s environment. The anatomy of the class gives a clear picture about what the students should be placed like. However, there is excessive use of a series of Japanese terminology without English translation that cannot be understood by the layman. Though the book claims to be a guide for beginners but those who’re oblivious of any kind of martial arts practice will find it extremely difficult to follow or keep interest. It provides good tips for practitioners of martial arts or those who’ve just begun. Like with any sport, the chances of getting hurt is possible so the concluding remarks about precautionary measures is important notification. In the end of the book, the glossary of judo terms is very useful. There are frequent black and white illustrations as well. It is simple, lucid and direct. The points are crisp and handy. If you’ve been wanting to take up a martial art practice or choose one for your children then this guide should be your next pick.
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