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Manufacturer: Black Belt Communications
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.815
EAN: 9780897500883
ISBN: 0897500881
Label: Black Belt Communications
Manufacturer: Black Belt Communications
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 128
Publication Date: 1983-04-01
Publisher: Black Belt Communications
Studio: Black Belt Communications

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This fully illustrated book includes an explanation of ki (internal energy) and use of momentum, joint locks, throws, pressure points, and nerve attacks. Kirby is chairman of the American Ju-Jitsu Association.


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Summary: Good basic book to start standup jujitsu defense
Comment: Informative and effective in teaching basic moves that can be combined to creat other moves.

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Summary: Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art (Japanese Arts, 425)
Comment: This book is not for the beginner. It shows a lot of different techniques but doesn't really show the basics.

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Summary: Basic knowledge but no expertise
Comment: It's obvious Kirby has a superficial knowledge of Jujitsu but even as an introductory book, this lacks depth.

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Summary: Old-school Ju-Jitsu book.
Comment: This was an alright book on the Japanese (vs. Brazilian) Ju-Jitsu system. In the first part of the book, Mr. Kirby does his best to explain the physics behind Ju-Jitsu. I'll admit, I'm not sure how anyone could make that subject exciting, but Mr. Kirby's explaination was kind of dull to me. It seems to me like he explains "ki" as momentum, or kenetic and potential energy. If you dig physics, you might like this part. The good stuff is in the old-school self defense techniques. With a heavy emphasis on throws and locks (mostly to the arm), these moves are good for your basic one-on-one encounter (lots of shots to the groin here, too). While many throws require the use of a gi/jacket, just as many do not, and he end almost all sequenses with a lock of some kind. While this is no where near my #1 choice for a self-defense book, it does have a lot of good stuff in it. On the other hand, the moves themselves doesn't seem to be in any particular order. They don't seem to biuld on one another. The author sort of makes up for this by presenting a graph at the end of the book, showing what defenses can be used for such-and-such attack. Another point I'm not too cool about,as far as self-defense goes, is that plenty of the moves end with the defender on the ground with the attacker, and I think some of the "attacker's" movements aren't particularly realistic. This is OK for the perposes of learning to defend yourself, but is more about the techniques of the art of Ju-Jitsu. I didn't see too much in the way of sport/NHB or philosophy, either. Overall, with the exception of the graph, an unremarkable book. Guys with no grappling background will find it most useful, I think, as an intro.

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Summary: Great JuJitsu book for beginning and intermediate Jujitsuka
Comment: Kirby explains the basic small joint manipulations you would expect in a JuJitsu book along with some throws. I like the techniques because they offer an alternative to utilizing potentially more damaging strikes.

I've practiced some of ideas shown in this book in my JuJitsu classes, and they work very well. I recommend that you get a friend to train with so that you can practice these moves; otherwise, you are not as likely to remember them in the event of an altercation.



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