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Craze-The Life and Times of Jiu-Jitsu, Volume 1: 1854-1904, by Roberto Pedreira, follows in the tradition of Roberto's previous books, Jiu-Jitsu in the South Zone, 1997-2008, Choque 1, 1856-1949, Choque 2, 1950-1960, and Choque 3, 1961-1999.  Volume 1 covers the initial encounters of the West with Japanese wrestling in 1854 up to the end of 1904 when Profs. Tomita and Maeda arrived in America to spread "jiu-jitsu". It explicates and elucidates the cultural, social, political, economic, and military contexts in which jiu-jitsu developed and spread. It also provides a detailed look at how jiu-jitsu was modernized and rationalized between 1882 and 1896 prior to its international dissemination, based on old and obscure Japanese sources. Craze1 is 147,400 words, 600 pages, including 8 detailed historical appendixes, references, index, and about 70 pages of illustrations. Craze2 is scheduled for release January 2019. 

Print edition available October 10, 2018 here and amazon shops worldwide here.

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Contents

Preface  (800 words)

Chapter 1: 1542-1853  (1,980 words) 

Why was Japan a "closed" country? Or was it?

Chapter 2: 1853-1867 (9, 270 words) 

How did Perry's visits to Japan in 1853-1854 affect Japan and jiu-jitsu?

Chapter 3: 1867-1879  (5,260 words) 

First contacts by Anglo-Americans with "jiu-jitsu" and "Japanese wrestling"

Chapter 4: 1883-1891 (13, 970 words) 

Matsada Sorakichi, The first Japanese martial arts superstar in America

Chapter 5: 1882-1896 (16,890 words) 

How Jigoro Kano ( ‰Γ”[–θŒά˜Y) modernized jiujutsu (aka jiu-jitsu) and began selling it to the world

Chapter 6: 1892-1898  (8,930 words) 

Jiu-jitsu introduced to the West

Chapter 7: 1899  (3,350 words) 

Commercialization of jiu-jitsu (Edward Barton-Wright)

Chapter 8: 1900 (3,650 words) 

More foreigners jump in (John J. O'Brien)

Chapter 9: 1901 (4,475 words) 

Wrestling fights back

Chapter 10: 1902  (2,630 words) 

Prof. O'Brien teaches the President

Chapter 11: 1903 (6,480 words) 

Prof Yamashita arrives in America

Chapter 12: 1904 (24,440 words) 

Japan goes to war (again); The President learns Japanese wrestling (aka jiu-do); Profs. Tomita and Maeda arrive; jiu-jitsu blows up; wrestling resists

Appendix 1    America's First Encounter with Japanese Wrestling (1,620 words)

Appendix 2    Four Tenjinshinyō-ryū Randori Throws (525 words, four illustrations)

Appendix 3    Historic Kōdōkan Entry Rules and Training Guidelines (2,000 words)

Appendix 4    Tokyo Metropolitan Police Jūjutsu Instructors (565 words, one photograph)

Appendix 5     Kōdōkan Techniques introduced in 1889 (190 words)

Appendix 6    Yoshida and Iso 1893 Tenjinshinyō-ryū Textbook Summary (1,130 words)

Appendix 7    Butokukai Jūjutsu Award Recipients 1895-1902 (560 words)

Appendix 8    Fights 1884-1904  (760 words)

Acknowledgments

Author Bio

Notes (39,630 words)

References (9,490 words)

Index

Illustrations

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October 9, 2018

Craze Vol. 1: The Life and Times of Jiu-Jitsu, 1854-1904

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Jiu-Jitsu in the South Zone, 1997-2008 (2018 rev. ed)

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GTR Archives 1997-2018

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