Sunday, December 14, 2008

David Walker's Jiu-Jitsu for Beginners

I want to thank Skyhorse Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review and comment on their new book, Jiu-Jitsu for Beginners by David Walker. This little book is an introduction to jiu-jitsu as practiced in the Jitsu Foundation, one of the largest jiu-jitsu organizations in the U.K.
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The book is well-written with absolutely beautiful color photographs of competent-looking and attractive models executing the various techniques. The book presents a selection of techniques from yellow, orange, and green belt requirements, including falls, strikes, throws, and holds demonstrated in traditional as well as self-defense contexts. My only problem with the book is that it seemed hard sometimes to associate the proper photos with the text.
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I think my absolute favorite aspect of the book was the occasional 'True Stories' interspersed throughout the book. These stories serve as great testimonials for the training method presented, as well as adding a personal touch to the book. I would recommend this book to any novice interested in pursuing traditional jiu-jitsu training, or even anyone interested in fundamental introductory material about any of the jiu-jitsu-like arts such as aikido or judo.

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