Title: Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, Secret Techniques of Self-Defense
Written by : Darrell Max Craig
Page Count: 209
Cover Price: $16.95 (USD)
Japanese Jiu-Jitsu (or jiujutsu, or jujutsu or any of the other myriad of spellings) is something that I am readily familiar with. I have been studying Japanese martial arts for about 15 years now, with Atemi ryu Jujutsu (our spelling) composing a large part of that time. As such I was eager to get access to Mr. Craig's book. I have another of his on my bookshelf right now. Iai, The Art of Drawing the Sword was an important book in my early studies of martial arts, specifically the swords arts. If fact, it was the first book on Japanese swords arts that I bought. Knowing that he wrote another book that pertained to martial arts that I know fairly well was exciting.
|Mr. Craig's other book I own.|
The books starts out with a brief introduction as to what jiu-jutsu is and some of the more basic information such as how to fold a gi and hakama. On a side note, I too HATE when I see students just crumpling up their gi or hakama to throw into their bag. He then starts with a general idea of the philosophy of unbalancing an opponent, and I'll admit, I haven't see it put the way Mr. Craig lays it out. The majority of the book then goes through examples of jiu-jutsu techniques and explanations. They proceed in a methodical pattern to give the readers a good idea of what sort of techniques comprise jiu-jutsu.