The sporting nature of judo is an impetus that has led it to grow and evolve so much over the years since it became an Olympic sport in 1964. Rules have been adjusted and refined since the very beginning but the biggest and most dramatic changes happened in 2010 when the International Judo Federation introduced new regulations that banned direct attacks on the legs. It would have been very straight forward had it been a complete ban on leg grabs but exceptions were made that allowed leg grabs and pick ups under certain conditions. This has led to much confusion over what is and isn’t legal.
Judo Evolution clears the air on what is clearly banned and what is still allowed under these new rules. Another important aspect of judo’s evolution is how the techniques have changed over the years. Modified versions of classical techniques have been employed by competitors from the very begining but in recent years, some truly remarkable variations have emerged to cope with the increasing competitive nature of the sport. And very occasionally, some completely new techniques have emerged as well. This book highlights the best of these.
World Champion and double Olympic Silver Medallist Neil Adams is the author of this groundbreaking new book.