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(Mar 05, 2005)
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IN 4 LANGUAGES- Essential for all practitioners willing to shine in Competition or for those who want to develop pedagogically their techniques. Every main point is focused on techniques and tactics. The first DVD will show you the throws techniques (hips, legs, arms and sacrifice) with comprehensive explanation, working out exercises, and competition demonstrations. The second DVD will unveil the main methods and tips used by champions with many educational exercises. In the third DVD, more than 100 techniques, combinations and principles are shown and explained.
This Box set is like a whole library of Judo information. --Risingsunproductions.net
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What I've seen is quite disappointing. Throws are grouped by type (leg vs hip throws, for example), without regard for their complexity. Following the Gokyo makes much more sense to me, although that's really a personal opinion. The throws are shown relatively quickly, without really bothering to discuss the differences between them (e.g., O vs Uki Goshi). Some throws are done incorrectly, e.g., O Goshi is shown with the hand way up on Uke's back. On the other hand, training for a few throws is shown in excruciating detail.
The original soundtrack is French, and as in any such situations the English track is a bit "funny" at times (e.g., "mows" instead of "sweeps").
I haven't seen the other two videos (or the other 3/4 of the throws), so I'd like to qualify my review.
This is one to skip. I would love to get my hands on Mike Swain's Complete Judo instead; unfortunately, Amazon does not sell it.
The content can be broken down like this-
Disc 1- Basic instruction on single techniques. Plenty of instruction, advice, and drills to keep beginners busy for a long time.
Disc 2- Using the basic techniques from the first disc in combination. This was the best disc for me. There are many combinations and drills covered on the disc. Great stuff for intermediate players.
Disc 3- This one is titled Competition Techniques, but it's really about strategy. The material covered here has to do with gripping patterns and setting up your techniques in randori and shiai. This is good stuff for everyone from neophyte to expert. There is no really ground breaking information provided here, but the concepts are so well illustrated that you cannot fail to get something out of this disc.
I highly recommend this set. Every club should own a set. Our dojo has learned allot from it and the drills have been great for both or adult and children's class. I'd give it 6 stars if the scale went that high.