"This comprehensive manual on
the basic formal techniques of Kodokan Judo, the Randori no Kata, provides the
fundamental instruction in nage and katame no kata (throwing and grappling)
that is essential to effective judo. With over 600 photographs and 400 drawings,
Judo Formal Techniques gives complete step-bystep descriptions of the roles of
both training partners. In addition to throwing and grappling, the important
transitional movements, as well as grips, stances, and postures, are explained.
The authors have, by studying the published and unpublished personal writings
of Jigoro Kano (the founder of Kodokan Judo), been able to recapture the
original spirit and intent of the judo kata, which they present in the standard
Kodokan versions, as refined by generations of master judoka."