Falling Hard: A Journey into the World of Judo
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On his fiftieth birthday, British journalist and self-described “indolent sportsman” Mark Law makes a decision to take up judo on a whim and finally ends up getting hooked at the sport. Falling Hard is Law’s love letter to judo—the culture, drama, history, and practice. With journalistic zeal, he delves deeply into the game’s history and lore, and interweaves his own judo experiences with the improvement of judo in Japan, the life and vision of its founder Jigoro Kano, the export of judo to the West, the emergence of girls within the sport, and detailed descriptions of competition at the world championship and Olympic levels.
Law’s account is as much for the sports writing fan and armchair enthusiast as for the judo practitioner. With humor and ability, he describes grueling coaching sessions and matches (including his own), famous Olympic bouts, and legendary rivalries between judo players and national teams, and he speculates on the way forward for the game.