Summary: promising, but...
Comment: The book title and its author's reputation promise an uncommon approach to the teaching and practice of martial arts, more based in laying down the physical principles of general movement and coaching tactics than on reviewing a number of particular techniques in detail. I find this approach very appealing, and it is what convinced me to buy the book. However, once into it I found there's a lot of text devoted to "organizational" issues (federations, drug and doping regulations, etc)and not so much about physics or anatomy and how they determine the efficiency of a fighting system, which is what I really wanted to hear about from this excellent master. So, in summary the book delivers less than promised, although it clearly suggests there is a lot of knowledge in this well, and we can only hope the author decides to put it on paper sometime soon.
Summary: Essential and Technical for Training
Comment: A very good book to help all in martial arts
Summary: Higher level Ju Jitsu, This book will outsell the five rings.
Comment: It is rare in martial arts books to find a text that revolutionizes the world of martial arts. Such books as `The book the five rings' (Musuashi) and `The tao of Jeet Kune Do' (Lee) have both sold millions of copies world wide because they opened up both philosophical and technical aspects of the arts that are normally kept secret in the few top dojos around the world.
"The Essentials for the Study, Coaching and Practice of Ju Jitsu"
is set at this level. It is the first serious ground breaking text published on the art of Ju Jitsu since WW2.
One such renowned Dojo, House of the Samurai, (Dundee, Scotland) is home to perhaps one of the most respected and talented Ju Jitsu coaches of the 21st century.
Robert Ross is not a face you will see in the movies or in sports martial competitions. Ross is not interested in promoting the competitive side of martial arts, preferring instead to concentrate on the preservation and development of the arts of Ju Jitsu and their application in combat, a tradition which has been mostly lost in the post Kano era of Japanese Martial Arts.
This is the first Ju Jitsu book to cover advanced aspects of Ju Jitsu, and also modern coaching methods incorporated into the teaching of Ju Jitsu.
Not only will this book teach you how biomechanics can be applied to improving martial technique, the coaching section of the book could be applied to almost any sport, although it is tailored specifically to Ju Jitsu.
Robert Ross now in his mid forties has been involved in Martial arts since the age of nine. Starting in Judo, Robert has trained to a high level in Aikido, Judo, Aiki Jitsu, and Hontai Roshin Ryu Ju Jitsu. Robert has also been a prolific student of Iaido, learning as many as 4 different schools of Iai and Kobudo comprising of Kyudo, Yarijutsu, Hojojutsu, Taihojutsu, Hanbo, Bo, Tanto, etc.
Ross is a full time instructor of Ju Jitsu and also runs a clinic for treating sports injuries. His passion in martial arts has diversified in congruence with his other professional life as a Sports Physiotherapist.
Ross has applied his knowledge in the Biomechanics of the Human body to modify Ju Jitsu technique to improve its efficiency. This is the first such application of biomechanics to Ju Jitsu, putting this book at the edge of its field.
He has spent over 20 years developing models of coaching for Ju Jitsu, seeking to apply 'state of the art' methods which have been pioneered for the development of Olympic sport, into the coaching of Ju Jitsu.
Robert Ross is the National technical director to the Scottish Ju Jitsu Association, a position he has held since its inception 25 years ago. This book details his developments in Ju Jitsu over that period, and will be a template for Ju Jitsu Associations around the world.
In recognition of Ross's achievements in Ju Jitsu and Sports Physiotherapy, he was inducted into `The World Martial Arts Hall Of Fame' and `The World Sports Physiotherapy Hall Of Fame' (Ohio) and the The 'Karate Voice Cosmopolitan Florida Hall of Fame'.
This book comes on top of 6 Ju Jitsu instruction videos (White to Green belt, Blue to Brown Belt, Black Belt, Second Dan, Third Dan and Embu competition forms) which are only available to Ross's students.