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The Pyjama Game: A Journey into Judo Paperback – June 25, 2008


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (June 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133498
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,296,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Excellent... a classic in its genre' -- Robert Twigger The Sunday Times 'One of the year's most entertaining sports books, and the best one to be written about a martial art since Robert Twigger's Angry White Pyjamas. It's lively, it's witty and, above all, so persuasively enthusiastic that by the end you'll find yourself feeling an intense urge to try it for yourself' -- James Delingpole Mail on Sunday 'This is damn fine stuff, and will entertain and enlighten an audience far beyond the confines of the dojo' -- Andrew Baker The Daily Telegraph

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Mark Law is the editor of the online magazine the First Post.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil A. Ohlenkamp on October 13, 2008
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I loved The Pyjama Game: A Journey Into Judo by Mark Law. The book is well-written and an enjoyable read throughout, although the title is a misnomer (judo is not a game and the training uniform is certainly not for sleeping). I especially like that it is one of the few books that makes judo understandable to a non-judo audience. Many parts are humorous, others contain tough stories of training and combat, others contain insights into judo history. It is a wonderful introduction to judo for new students as it transmits some of the beauty and magic of judo while paradoxically explaining the rigors of training and heartbreak of competition. For more knowledgeable judoka, the book is a great reminder of the long road we have traveled and the common bond that ties us together regardless of where in the world we practice.

I recommend The Pyjama Game for anyone with an interest in judo.[...]
Quotes from the book:

"The dojo is a place where men can behave like children and children can behave like men."

"Commitment aside, for many people the sport is just too unpleasant. The white suits and the bowing are fine. But not only is there repeated and sudden contact with the mat, there is quite a bit of unpleasant contact with your partner. For instance, just to be on the receiving end of uchikomi, which involves no fighting at all, is uncomfortable; with certain people this drill can feel like skiing into a tree a hundred times. Randori is extremely tiring and sometimes painful. People come to the conclusion that being repeatedly smacked on the floor is not how they really want to spend their precious spare time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David M. Goode on June 30, 2009
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Any student of judo knows that most of the books written about the art/sport/science are generally nothing more than "how-to" manuals.Mark Law's THE PYJAMA GAME:A JOURNEY INTO JUDO is a lot more than that.Law writes about the history of judo and how it came to the western world.He writes about the sport's legendary early practioners and how it came to be an Olympic sport.And he writes about judo's philosophy.But more than this,Law writes about his own personal experiances in the world of judo.And that's what makes this book special. This isn't just a book by some judo champion writing about how he became a champion and his favorite techniques.It's a book by an average man who takes up the discipline.And as such it's a book about judo that just about anyone can understand.It's a book that I can't recommend enough to any and all judokas.And I can't wait for the release of Law's follow up book FALLING HARD:A JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF JUDO.
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Interesting account of judo history, from an interesting perspective. However I agree with a previous commentator that it would have been much more interesting if he had included more of his personal experiences on the mat. - Day Moss, Rokudan, 48 yrs experience in USA judo
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By Jacob on May 30, 2014
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Good fun read and sometimes sad. Good insight to the world of high end judo players dedicating their lives to the sport. I wish that the writer had told us more about his own journey as he developed through the grades.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By flagday1960 on July 11, 2010
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"FALLING HARD: A JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF JUDO"
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