All students of judo have at some time wished that they could find an overview of all the relevant material concerning the sport in one compact volume. This is exactly that book. Including virtually everything a student or instructor needs to know about judo, whether techniques, requirements, rankings, or regulations, this long-awaited reference is designed to complement any level of study. Useful illustrations throughout the book demonstrate the moves required for each level of study.
The book is based on a syllabus presented directly to the author by the legendary Kyuzo Mifune (1883-1965), 10th dan, the highest Kodokan rank, who suggested that she illustrate and formulate it for the benefit of judo practitioners overseas. This occurred just several months before Mifune passed away at the age of eighty-two. The foreword is by Keiko Fukuda, 9th dan USJF, USA Kata Technical Advisor, and many of the illustrations are provided by Nishioka H. Hayward, 8th dan and former USA Judo World Team Member.
Subjects include a brief history of judo, the structure of international judo, a basic introduction to judo (enrollment, bylaws, principles and aims, the dojo, equipment, judogi, and tatami), ranking system, warming-up and cooling-down exercises, kumikata, bowing, Gokyo-no-waza, learning to become an instructor, ukemi, uchikomi, the role of the coach, breakfalling basics, adult (seinen) grade requirements, adolescent (shonen) grade requirements, children (yonen) grade requirements, younger children (mon) grade requirements, the International Judo Federation Sports and Organization Rules, and the International Judo Federation Refereeing Rules.