Customer Rating: Summary: Different but very worthwhile Comment: When I buy martial arts books I'm expecting b.s. about how their stuff is better than other stuff and here's how you can be just as godlike. Barlow surprised me by not saying jujitsu is better, just different and how you have to bust your hump to be good at any of them.
I liked the history and philosophy and got a kick out of what to expect in the dojo. Customer Rating: Summary: Some good stuff Comment: I've been playing Judo for a few years now and this book really explained the different mindsets between do & jutsu. My only complaint & the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was a couple of the photos didn't have enough detail to clearly see the technique. The text explained everything pretty good but I still prefer illustrations. A minor complaint but I never give anything 5 stars anyway. Customer Rating: Summary: Honest assessment of a Martial Art Comment: Having a love for martial arts, I have studied Chinese forms of martial arts for six years. In that time I have read copious amounts of martial arts literature to further my studies. Many of them were unrealistic in their claims to make a person invincible in five easy steps or trapped in the theoretical. Mark Barlow provides a wonderful view of Jujitsu as an art form that will take time to learn and master, gives realistic views of Jujitsu as a sport or a self defense system, and shares with the reader history, basic techniques, and what to look for in different teachers.
This book will be an excellent addition to anyone who is interested in expanding their Martial Atrs literature. Customer Rating: Summary: Interesting mix Comment: I liked the combination of history, philosophy and techniques. He got a little preachy near the end but I think it's a good book.