Koshen Judo Old School Pre WWII Japan
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(Oct 01, 2004)
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Kimura is one of those almost lost masters of Judo and his legendary fight with Helio Gracie will go down in history as one of the all time great battles in the ring ever as it ended with Helio Gracie having his side have to throw in the towel as his arm was broken by Kimura who was famous in Japan as the all Japan Judo champion from 1939 to 1949.
If you want a lesson in ground fighting from a real master this is the 2 set DVD you need.
Shot in full color in the early 1970 s Kimura and his gropup of senior Judokas will show you why he is the one who the Kodokan missed in promoting to 10th dan.
Kano was number 1 Mifune number 2 and Kimura number 3 this is for sure!
Rare footage of Judo legend! --Risingsunproductions.net
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While I enjoyed this a lot, there are some things you should be aware of before you plunk down any money. First, there's no English language track or subtitles. on the other hand, the Japanese in the explations uses a lot of judo terms. If you're a judo player whose taken some Japanese, this might not be a big deal. It's also generally clear what the person demonstrating the technique is doing. I personally don't think this lack is so big a deal.
Second, there are no chapter divisions. On my dvd player this means fastforwarding if I want to skip to a certain section. For me this is a definite annoyance, even though it probably shouldn't tick me off me as much as it does.
Third, the blurb above makes this sound like it's a showcase of Kimura Masahiko's judo. It's not. The focus is really on kosen judo in general. They use a lot of demonstrators on the dvd. I hadn't heard of them, but someone who was more into judo history might have.
Fourth, although the blurb says it's in color, it's mostly in black and white. I couldn't care less about this, but if you do you should know.
Having said all that, I enjoyed this dvd a lot. If you're interested in pre-war judo or in judo's groundwork practitioners, this dvd is great.
I've seen one of Kimura Sensei old Black and White videos before but wanted more so I could play it over and over to learn and teach the techniques.
The quality is fair and some techniques are repeated in slow-motion.
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If this DVD is from before WWII (as it says in the title), Don Warrener...Read more