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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071475346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071475341
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Harness the power of judo with guidance from one of the world's most respected senseis

Whether you're in training for competition or preparing to take your black belt test, Judo Unleashed is the definitive resource for serious judo practitioners who want to take their skills to a bold new level.

At the same time, this incredibly illustrated, step-by-step guide is ideal for anyone who wants to incorporate some of the most powerful and effective judo techniques into his or her self-defense or competitive fighting styles.

Sensei Neil Ohlenkamp, one of today's most sought-after judo coaches, covers all the bases--from philosophical and technical foundations through advanced grappling and self-defense techniques. With the help of 350 specially commissioned, full-color photographs illustrating each move in exciting detail, he draws upon his nearly 40 years of judo experience to show you how to:

  • Add power and grace to your technique and improve your understanding of the fundamentals
  • Execute basic and advanced hip, hand, and leg throws, sacrifice throws, pins, chokes, joint locks, and more
  • Prepare yourself mentally and physically to ace your shodan test or blow away the competition

About the Author

Neil Ohlenkamp holds a seventh degree black belt in judo and has earned the highest level of coach certification. He has over four decades of experience as a judo student, competitor, head instructor, national team coach, author, and tournament official. Sensei Ohlenkamp holds black belt rank certificates from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, the United States Judo Association, the United States Judo Federation, and the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation.

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Not a single regret worth every penny!
Eric Torres
The pictures are excellent for demonstrating the moves needed to complete a technique.
Performance Emulation
This book has all the basic information about judo and makes a great reference.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Plotinus on July 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
- beautiful pictures, all colour

- street-fighting applications of everything explained IN DETAIL

- complete techniques

- lots of interesting stuff to read

Judo is presented here as a fighting art in its entirety. Neil runs the world's biggest Judo website, and is probably the most informed judoka there is on this planet. He hasn't left anything out, and doesn't waste space explaining things either. It's all here and really fun to read and consult!

This book will do a lot of great things for promoting Judo.

WOW!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gary S. Goltz on June 1, 2006
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I really like this as a text book for my students. It covers the basics in detail using current technology for photos and diagrams, The overview of judo history and evolution into a popular Olympic sport is explained well with a reverence for it's martial roots. Had I written a book myself it would look a lot like this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Baron of LA on October 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a good introduction to Judo. It touches on a lot of topics like the history of Judo, what Judo is, how it works, self defense, sport, personal development, theory, and techniques. That's a lot to try to pack into one book but Mr. Ohlenkamp did a good job and has put together a book that he can be proud of.

Pros: The book is very well laid out in a neat, organized manner. It's printed on high quality paper which makes the book easy to read and visually appealing. It goes over the official 67 throws that are recognized by the Kodokan and some of the moves have variations to help you out when you can't get a technique to work in the traditional way. Along with each move there is a little diagram that shows the ending position for your feet which helps in the understanding how to perform each technique. The part I found the most valuable is the Appendices. This section does many things; it translates the Japanese words for easier understanding. It goes over and explains sport rules and scoring. The appendix tells you which moves are recognized by the Kodokan and Judo Federation. Last but not least is my favorite part. It has a chart that tells you which moves are good to set up other moves and a follow up attack in case you miss the technique you were going for along with the most used counters to each move. As a beginner Judoka, I'm finding the appendix section of the book very helpful.

Cons: Often the moves are described in about 3 pictures with a paragraph explaining the whole move. I felt this made it hard to tell when to apply the details within the move and sometimes it was hard to tell what was going on in the pictures. The Grappling section I found very weak.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Yuzon on June 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
In addition to the comments already posted, the photo sequences of moves + the close-ups of grips AND positioning of the feet are extremely effective reminders of what the sensei/coach keep pounding in our heads back at the dojo/gym.

Neil Ohlenkamp's years as a Judo teacher shows through in the way he presents basic information and the nuances that are so important to competitive Judo.

Although the techniques are intended for intermediates and higher, the beginner Judoka or experienced grappler (BJJer or Wrestler) will be able to understand and appreciate the essential elements.

You will not be disapointed with this book and it's so cheap! Remember, Mr. Ohlenkamp runs the most popular Judo Information site in the world.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Marsh on May 24, 2006
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There are a lot of Judo books out there. Many have bad pictures (the models watching their feet when they step in, their throws when throwing, stuff I'm learning not to do), and do not cover all the basics.

This is a comprehensive book. Solid (the author also runs Judoinfo.com) and complete. Excellent illustrations. Amazon said I could expect to get it in July, my copy from Amazon arrived last Monday and I took it to class. Everyone had positive things to say about it.

Do not let the cover or the title make you think that this book is something it is not. The book is solid, complete and clear. Published in multiple language editions, it is probably the best book you can buy to start a collection of books.

I've been buying the Masterclass books as I could find them (until Neil pointed me to a site that has them all, now I'm buying them as I can afford them) and this book gave me a lot more bang for the buck.
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Learn the art of judo whether you're training for competition or preparing for the black belt using JUDO UNLEASHED: ESSENTIAL THROWING & GRAPPLING TECHNIQUES FOR INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED MARTIAL ARTISTS. This step-by-step guide to the art is for any who want to take judo techniques a step further, blending it with other competitive fighting styles. The author is one of the world's best judo coaches and his expertise lends to all the basics, building both a philosophical and athletic foundation of advanced self-defense moves. Color photos throughout show how.

Diane C. Donovan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Antone on December 4, 2007
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I'm not an experienced Judoka, I don't study it formally, but I do take several other martial arts, and I have found this book to be an excellent addition to my skills. I currently study Muay Thai, Karate, and do MMA classes every now and then, and I've found this book to be incredibly helpful. When sparring in my MMA class I can utilze many of the techniques and princibles laid out in this book.
I gives clear description of each technique, as well as counter techniques to each move. It also shows what to do if your technique fails, and how to immediately move to the next one. I even show the book to a couple of the Judo black belts in my Muay Thai class, and they asked where they could get a copy to help with their training.
I'd definately reccomend this to anyone interested in Judo, or any current students of the art.
One of the best books in my collection.
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