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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.8152
EAN: 9780897501521
ISBN: 0897501527
Label: Black Belt Books
Manufacturer: Black Belt Books
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 131
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Publisher: Black Belt Books
Studio: Black Belt Books

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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW YOUR SENSEI SEEMS TO CAPTURE AND REDIRECT HIS OPPONENT’S ENERGY SO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFORTLESSLY? In this new book from American Ju-Jitsu Association (AJA) co-founder George Kirby, you will learn why and how your sensei seems to have access to strength and energy that goes beyond his verbal explanations. Transcending the mere memorization of kata, forms and techniques, Kirby takes you into advanced concepts that will actually simplify your training, help you learn new techniques faster and grant you deeper access to the inner workings of jujitsu. These concepts can be applied to the entire spectrum of martial arts, as they address the fundamentals of technique, physics, anatomy, relaxation, humility, self-confidence and open-mindedness. More than a mere technical manual, Advanced Jujitsu: The Science Behind the Gentle Art is an insightful guide to the fundamental concepts that can transform the martial arts practitioner into a martial artist—or even a sensei.


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Summary: Great read!
Comment: Professor Kirby goes into great detail explaining the math behind techniques/positioning. Understanding the WHY behind techniques is critical. Anyone teaching martial arts knows the difference is in the details. A small adjustment in positioning can make a huge difference in techniques effectiveness.

Straight forward and no nonsense approach makes this book a worthwhile read. In short, a must have for serious martial artists.

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Summary: All Martial Artists Will Benefit From This Book
Comment: Advanced Jujitsu, The Science Behind The Gentle Art takes us into the mind of a tenth degree black belt in jujitsu who shares with us the physics behind martial arts, the thought processes of a master, and the most efficient way to practice and execute techniques. This great book offers the serious martial artist extremely valuable concepts and insights that are the result of four decades of experience. It explains anatomy and kinesiology as they relate to all martial arts.
I expected a straightforward presentation of the next level of techniques in jujitsu. I got all that, and so much more. Advanced Jujitsu is a gift to the martial arts community. Thank you for sharing your wisdom Mr. Kirby!

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Summary: Kirby Advances Principles
Comment: Those who seek out this book hoping to find discussion of techniques will be disappointed, but only because Mr. Kirby trancends technique-talk and discusses some of the underlying forces that functionalize all techniques. Not only that, he also incorporates the relationship between principles and ethics, as well as meditative techniques. In this sense, his book addresses both the forces we must understand and the goals to which we should aspire. I particularly enjoyed his disucssion of the various axes with which we must be concerned when employing any martial application. His graphical depictions of the axes, to say nothing of how they combine to form spherical dynamics, is lucid and insightful. The martial arts community certainly needs more books along these lines!

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Summary: The Subtitle Says It All
Comment: This is a Great book for "advanced thinkers" and practitioners of Ju-Jitsu, or any martial art. As stated in book's description and subtitle, it covers the SCIENCE Behind the art. It is not a visual "how to" book. It is a book of disclosure. Put simply, if you know how to accomplish a kick, a throw, or joint lock, etc... this tells you why it works. By exposing the physics of technique, the author helps us to deepen our understanding of "cause and effect" in relation to our movements.

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Summary: Balancing perspectives
Comment: Kirby's other books (beginning and intermediate) have been full of pictures and explanations of numerous techniques. His nerve book explores pressure points and how they are taken advantage of through a jujitsu framework. All of those books are great, and they are especially great when one is working towards shodan (1st degree black) or referring back to them for variations on techniques.

This new book gets to that next level of thinking that is required to move beyond merely memorizing and performing techniques. It attempts to adjust the practitioner's mindframe into thinking more about the why than the how. Rather than searching through your memory banks for one of 800 techniques to use in a self defense situation, this book adds a tool to your arsenal allowing you to think in terms of balance and levers, which should reduce your reaction time. The entry to a technique becomes less relevant as you simplify the art from a large pool of information into a core set of concepts.

As is often the case in life, balance must be achieved. If one were to focus solely on techniques and ignore the study of underlying principles such as balance, leverage, breathing, ki, etc., one would plateau after learning the techniques and be left to wonder how his sensei is able to apply them faster and with more power. Conversely, a study of only these core concepts without a thorough knowledge of techniques by which to apply them would leave the martial artist in a similarly undesirable position. Take this book for what it is, a judan in jujitsu sharing with us his advanced notes and thought processes. They may not line up with yours necessarily, but one would be foolish not to consider them carefully and take advantage of the knowledge that has been so graciously shared.


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