Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced Throws, Takedowns, and Ground Fighting Techniques Paperback – July 15, 2008
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About the Author
Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer who has trained and competed in Thailand. He has written or co-authored fifteen books, including Wrestling for Fighting: The Natural Way.
Glen Gordoza is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and co-author of Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge.
- Publisher : Victory Belt Publishing; Original edition (July 15, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 250 pages
- ISBN-10 : 097773157X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0977731572
- Item Weight : 2.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 9 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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1) Beginners to Judo might not fully understand what is going on with the techniques.
2) No instruction on proper falling for the person being thrown. I don't know anybody who would let you practice throws on them without you letting them also practice throws on you.
3) No information on about how to use the cage, which is absolutely crucial for setting up Judo throws in MMA fights.
4) Many filler techniques that just take up pages and that Karo Parisyan probably has never used in his fights(i.e. rolling kneebar, calf crush, not saying they are not good techniques). Every other book I have by Victory Belt is made almost entirely of techniques actually used by the fighters in their fights and examples given of the time they've used it in competition.
I personally don't consider this the best book for beginners to Judo because I believe that it is best for someone interested in learning judo to first learn it in the context of the sport of Judo, by taking a Judo class, as oppose to trying to learn it for mma or no-gi without a clear understanding of the principles. The reason why I say this, is because Judo throws have so much subtle technique and so many intricate parts, that they need to be taught, learned, and practiced at a slow pace. This explains why Judokas traditionally train with and compete in the gi, because the added friction forces them to perfect technical and complex throws that they would have otherwise discarded if they were exclusively wrestling shirtless with all the sweat and slipperiness. Once the judo practitioner perfects these throws in the gi, his body remembers the movement when he takes the gi off.
A better introduction to judo for complete beginners is "Guerilla Jiu Jitsu" by Dave Camarillo or "Judo Unleashed" by Neil Ohlenkamp, both of which happen to be books that teach you how to throw with the gi. In addition, Dave Camarillo's book teaches you how to fall, which absolutely important. "Judo Unleashed" is great overall introduction to actual sport of Judo. Of course, the best way to learn Judo is to join a local Judo club that hopefully has good instructor who has a creditable lineage, knows how to prepare guys for competition, knows how to slow down the training for beginners, and who respects you and your decision to cross-train in other arts(i.e. MMA or BJJ).
While in the end, "Judo for mma" has a lot of great techniques that useful for MMA and no-gi fights, especially the throw setups that counter wrestling takedowns and throw setups off of the standing kimura. I personally use some of these techniques myself when I see the opening for them when I grapple without the gi. I recommend this book, just not for the completely novice.
This book is an encyclopedia of bone crushing Judo/Hayastan techniques. It is worth its weight in bronze.
If you are into wrestling, it is a good way to blend your moves. A lot of the other reviews are right....would like more stuff though.
I am satisfied with my purchase. It also seem like the prices are going up, so buy one before they hit $100 or $150 :/
Otherwise it's great; some good grappling techniques that would fit nicely into just about any mixed martial artist's tool box, some stuff on g n' p. One thing I like is that when Karo gives a technique he also tells you which fights he's used it in so you can see the technique in action.
Score another win for Victory Belt.
Top reviews from other countries
this is not to say the fedor book is for beginners!!!.
However if this is a passion/goal to learn how to adapt your judo or simply learn some judo for mma it is very usefull, although i feel that the book may be slightley over filled.
this is because some of the throws seem overly flashy (as i have never trained or read another judo book) and seem like only a advanced judo player could pull them off,(only my opinon)
and if tried in mma would be very risky as there seems to be to many parts to some technique and seem to leave your face exposed for strikes.
However there is a big selection of technique throughout the book that is very good, they are solid techniques which seem very efficient and likely to work straight off which shows there effectiveness.(especially in the main section on throws...obviousley!!)
However there are some good examples of ground work which are judo based and also seem very achivable in mma as they are solid simplistic techniques.
As i have said there is alot of techniques in this book, some very good and some not so (in my opinion!)- although if you really want to learn judo or further your skills this book really is for you and all the technique you will proberly find very usefull.