Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais is best known for pioneering the somatic therapy
that bears his name, the Feldenkrais Method. Less well
known is that he was one of the earliest European practitioners
of Judo and wrote "Higher Judo:
Groundwork", first published in 1952. Judo was a natural choice for
Feldenkrais's fascination with the relationship between mind and body;
the judo mat served as a research lab for his explorations of optimal functioning
through awareness. In "Higher Judo", he presents Judo as the
art of using all parts of the body to enhance general health, revealing
Judo's potential for improving mental and physical coordination. Through
clear instructions and line drawings, "Higher
Judo" covers specific movements and positions and shows how groundwork
in particular can help practitioners develop mental and physical awareness
to their fullest potential.
how Feldenkrais addresses the deeper benefits of Judo practice that
'Higher Judo' from just a good book to a classic."
Leri, Feldenkrais Trainer and
martial artist, from the forward
Judo" was written at a critical juncture in Feldenkrais's
development, following publication of "Body
and Mature Behavior
" and after 25 years of involvement
in the martial arts. The early chapters of "Higher
essential reading for every student and practitioner
of the Feldenkrais Method.
They go far beyond
self defense, arguing for Judo as an educational
practice that furthers maturation of the whole person,
and revealing some of the fundamentals of Moshe's thinking
just as he is developing his method. In addition, those
who work with athletes or active individuals will find
the book particularly insightful.