Fully grasping the martial art of judo entails learning and appreciating its history, culture, principles, techniques, and tactics. Mastering Judo contains information on these facets of the art and more through the teaching of the renowned Takahashi family.
With over 200 years of combined experience and a total of 31 black belts among them, the six members of the family contributing to this book offer a wealth of firsthand judo instruction. Leading the way is father Masao, an 8th-dan black belt who has trained two generations of international judo champions. Mother June is both a judo instructor and historian who has published a book detailing the origins of the art. Siblings Al, Phil, Ray, and Tina are all accomplished judo instructors, coaches, or competitors.
Blending the rich tradition with modern techniques and tactics, the Takahashis ensure that Mastering Judo will appeal to all participants seeking a deeper knowledge and improved performance in the art and sport. From time-honored skill sets to the most current training for competition, this comprehensive resource spans all generations and interests of judo enthusiasts.
Introduction: Kano’s Art
Chapter 1. Evolution From Art to Sport
Chapter 2. Traditional Values and Etiquette
Chapter 3. Focus and Attitude
Chapter 4. Training Methods
Chapter 5. Breakfalls, Posture, and Standing and Ground Positions
Chapter 6. Control Grips and Grip Breaks
Chapter 7. Standing Combinations and Counters
Chapter 8. Physical Preparation and Weight Control
Chapter 9. Match Plans, Competitive Strategies, and Tactics
Chapter 10. Self-Defense Applications
Masao Takahashi, the family patriarch, has been involved in judo for 65 years, during which time he has taught and coached numerous national and international champions through the Takahashi Martial Arts School. Established in Ontario, Canada, in 1969, this family-run training school is recognized as one of North America’s most successful dojos, offering courses in judo, karate, jiu jutsu, aikido, and kendo. Masao is an 8th-dan black belt and was decorated by the emperor of Japan in 2002 with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette in recognition of his exceptional service to elevating the status of Japanese Canadians through his lifelong commitment to the promotion and development of the sport of judo. He was inducted into the Judo Canada Hall of Fame in 1998.
June Takahashi is a 5th-dan black belt and a judo instructor at the Takahashi dojo. She was one of the first women in Canada to earn a black belt and is credited with encouraging and supporting her children’s competitive pursuits over the years. The Takahashi siblings, Allyn, Phil, Ray, and Tina, are all accomplished student-athletes who have trained and competed internationally and have earned nine university degrees between them.
Allyn Takahashi is considered the technician of the Takahashi family with a theoretical approach to judo as a sport and a martial art. He was a Canadian national youth champion and wrestler during his high school years, winning three Eastern Canadian Championships and the Canadian National Exhibition International Championship.
Phil Takahashi is a three-time Olympian, two-time medalist in world championship competition, and 10-time Canadian champion. He was inducted into the Judo Canada Hall of Fame in 1996 and currently instructs at the family dojo.
Ray Takahashi is currently a lecturer and wrestling coach at the University of Western Ontario. He is a 3rd-dan black belt and a three-time Olympian who placed 4th in 1984. A member of the Canadian wrestling team for 10 years, Ray holds 16 Canadian national titles in the sport and was inducted into the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1991.
Tina Takahashi is a World University champion who has taught judo for the past 25 years. She was the first women’s Sport Canada carded athlete, the first coach of the women’s judo team at the 1988 Olympics, and the first Canadian woman to achieve the rank of 6th-degree black belt. In 1998, Tina was inducted into the Judo Canada Hall of Fame.