What Old Judo/Bjj Books and Manuals do you Own?
After reading this thread posted by fug here:, on Mtripp's article on the judo/bjj connection he had wrote quite a few years back, it inspired me to make this thread to shed light on some old judo/bjj manuals people may have in their collection.
I myself have very few martial arts books of my own, but I do happen to own one judo manual from 1953 titled, "Official judo; the authentic guide to sport judo and self-defense."
(By Charles Yerkow)
It boasts to have nearly 200 action photographs, and claims that, "Girls, too, can learn to do effective footsweeps." It is also an official judo publication approved by the A.A.U. judo committee and the Amateur Judo Association of the U.S.A.
Its original newsstand edition price was 50 cents, but I got for a bargain of 25 cents at a local book fair.
I might post the forward of the manual here for those who care to know what is in the book, but I'll save that for later. Right now I want to know who has old judo/bjj books that they would care to share with us for the benefit of knowledge?
I would happily post some picks of some of the photos in the manual, but I don't have a camera I can hook up to my computer. Hopefully in the near future, I can muster up the funds to get a digital camera so I can share with you all some of the vintage judo that is portrayed.
It's quite awesome in a "that o goshi sure looks spiffy, Mr. Sensei" kind of way.
So if any of you judo history buffs out there are willing to share some info you learned from a vintage judo book you have on your person, I am all ears.
And if possible, try to get pictures of the book you own to verify it.
A fellow instructor got my karate teacher Mifune's Canon of Judo...in the hardcover-covered-in-keikogi-material limited edition.
I have a 1956 edition of Kano's Kodokan manual. Great pix--including some old historical pre-Judo JJ shots--excellent explanations of waza (if you're okay with reading Japanese...if not, I believe there are more recent, translated, editions). Just call it The Source.
Originally Posted by Vieux Normand
If you read Japanese, would you be humble enough to translate some lines from the book you have, or at least find a way to post some photos from the book on the web? That would be awesome if you could do that.
Feldenkrais's Higher Judo: Groundwork is the only old one I have.
Looking to get my hands on The Canon of Judo soon and hopefully a pdf of one of Oda's books (which have recently gone into public domain, I believe).
Canon of Judo (1962 edition, with the judogi cover)
Judo: Forty-one Lessons in the Moden Science of Jiu-Jitsu (1944 edition, Kuwashima and Welch)
Judo en la defensa personal aplicada al cuerpo a cuerpo (1945, Alfredo M. García Arzua)
Me? Post pictures?
Originally Posted by ZenOfAnger
You have no idea how much you've overestimated my screen-fu.
Here's the ISBN: 4-06-207415-X
Amazon (or somebody who's not a compu-tard like me) might be able to help.
You have a 1956 book with a ISBN number? When was it actually printed?
Originally Posted by Vieux Normand
Off the top of my head, I have a 1st edition, 1st printing of Canon of Judo, a 1913 edition of EJ Harrison's Fighting Spirit of Japan, most of the judo books Harrison translated(Kawaishi's Method of Judo, My Method of Self Defense, Oda's book of groundwork, Yukio tani's book on jiu jitsu) Uyenishi's Textbook of Jujitsu as practiced in japan, 3 of Feldenkrais' books in English(and another in french), a 1955 edition of kodokan Judo, a 1918 book called JIU-DO a selection of kodokwan methods, an autographed copy of William Jacomb's Practical Self defense, a copy of Jacomb's Boxing and Bayonet, various self defense, jiu jitsu and Combative books going back to 1899, a large selection of WWII combatives books. Basically a 4 shelf bookcase with nothing but judo/jiu jitsu and related books. You really want pictures of them all?
Print: "Copyright Kodokan 1995."
Originally Posted by Cdnronin
First Published: "Showa 31" (1956).
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