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Study Jujutsu

A guide by Michael J. Ryan (Winchester, MA United States)

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Introduction
Jujutsu is a class of Japanese martial arts that utilize throws, sweeps, joint-locks, and chokes as well as strikes. Many other arts including Judo, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Russian Sambo trace their roots to Jujutsu. Although there are hundreds of jujutsu/jujitsu books on the market today, most are of very low quality. The 13 books listed below are among the best, and will provide a broad introduction to the topic.


Historical and Philosophical Context

General approach of traditional Asian martial arts
Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think

Etiquette and nuances of the Japanese martial arts
In the Dojo: A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts

Strategic and Tactical Principles
Mastering Jujitsu (Mastering Martial Arts Series)>

History of the Japanese martial arts
Classical Bujitsu (Martial Arts and Ways of Japan)
Classical Budo (Martial Arts & Ways of Japan Series: Vol.)
Modern Bujutsu & Budo Volume III: Martial Arts And Ways Of Japan (Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, Vol 3)

History of the Classical Jujutsu Ryu
Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)


Technique
I do not believe there are any first-rate English language books on on the technical aspects of traditional jujutsu. There are, however, some excellent manuals on related arts that will be of great value to the student of jujutsu. Students of these related arts will probably take issue with my choices as each art is represented by what I believe to be the best 1-2 volume technical manual rather than the revered text written by that art's founder. The ones I have selected focus not on the particular kata of those arts, but on clear analysis of individual techniques, which will be of greater value to the jujutsu student.

Judo:
The Canon of Judo: Classic Teachings on Principles and Techniques

Karate:
Dynamic Karate: Instruction by the Master (Bushido- The Way of the Warrior)

Aikido:
Total Aikido: The Master Course (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ):
Jiu-Jitsu University

BJJ approach to Mixed Martial Arts(MMA):
Ultimate Fighting Techniques (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) (v. 1)
Ultimate Fighting Techniques Volume 2: Fighting from the Bottom (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series)

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Historical and Philosophical Context
1.  Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think  by Forrest E. Morgan
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4.  Classical Bujitsu (Martial Arts and Ways of Japan)  by Donn F. Draeger
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5.  Classical Budo (Martial Arts & Ways of Japan Series: Vol.)  by Donn F. Draeger
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8.  The Canon of Judo: Classic Teachings on Principles and Techniques  by Kyūzō Mifune
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Michael J. Ryan (Winchester, MA United States)
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Last updated: 9/18/10
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