|A-Z Judo by Syd Hoare||Review by SFUK Staff|
Pro's : Huge amount of techniques documented. Excellent photos. Perfect descriptions. Loads of original Judo techniques now banned in randori.
Cons : Photo's relative sparse. Techniques shown in isolation. No Atemi Waza.
Verdict : Classic must-have Judo tome
Written by 7th Dan British Judoka Syd Hoare, this book is often referred to as the Judo bible. A staggering number of techniquesare catalogued ; Roughly, 100 throws and takedowns, 20 pins, 30 arm locks, 40 chokes, 7 leg locks, 7 neck & spine locks, and 3 wrist locks. Making probably THE definitive collection of both traditional and modern Judo techniques.
A possible weakness could be the relative lack of photos, mainly one per move, so there is no flow from start of the move to the finish. However, this isn't the aim of the book and anyway the pics are exceedingly well chosen and combined with the written descriptions, most people will have no problem figuring out each technique.
The most stimulating part of the book is seeing so many techniques that are now banned in modern randori. Prior to the 1950's all joint locks were allowed, and with the banned techniques shown in this book it's fascinating to see the similaries between 'original' judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Back breaking spine locks, neck cranks and leg locks are all present. It's a pity that Judo's Atemi Waza isn't included, but that's being picky.
This book may offer only relative value to no Gi grapplers, the vast majority of moves relying on jacket grips. However it's perfect for Judoka, BJJ and JJJ practioners as well as self defense students. Worth the money easily.