Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction [NOOK Book]

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Aikido neutralizes aggression and renders attackers harmless. By controlling body position and harmonizing their vital physical and mental powers, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art. This classic text reveals the secrets which enable the stunning control practiced in Aikido.
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Overview


Aikido neutralizes aggression and renders attackers harmless. By controlling body position and harmonizing their vital physical and mental powers, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art. This classic text reveals the secrets which enable the stunning control practiced in Aikido.
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Editorial Reviews

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...The finest book on a martial art...very highly recommended.
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"…one of the best books on Aikido on the market. Not only for the beginner, but for the advanced practitioner. It's well respected by most people in Aikido. If you're looking for a good, in-depth book, this is the one you'll want."—RyukyuBooks.com

"…an outstanding introduction to the art of Aikido. Anyone starting out in aikido would do well to buy this book, read the beginning chapters of it and then review it from time to time. Great book!"—AikidoJournal.com

"If you are a student of Aikido, this book should definitely be in your library. If you're not a student of Aikido, this book can still be a useful way to familiarize yourself with the art on a theoretical level. It's also an interesting resource for anyone who wants to do some serious thinking about their martial art. Anyone who has ambitions to write a book on their own martial art should read this one; this is how an art should be presented."—Examiner.com

"…this is a fine addition to any library. […]the book definitely is worth owning."—BestJudo.com

"It has been a most useful reference for me over the years and I'd highly encourage any adult to make it a part of your personal Aikido library."—Teresa Mastison Sensei, Aikido of Phoenix

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462907540
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 195,961
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

Adele Westbrook, who works for one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, studied philosophy at Columbia University at the same time co-author Oscar Ratti was doing graduate work in the classical languages. They began to practice aikido together, and while studying under a variety of instructors in the United States and Europe, started the collection of notes and sketches which finally developed into this illustrated introduction to the art of aikido.

Oscar Ratti, now a commercial illustrator, received his degree in classical studies and law from the University of Naples where he was intercollegiate Greek-Roman wrestling champion and a member of the championship judo team. He later came to the United States and began to study aikido with Yasuo Ohara, one of the first instructors to teach in New York. In addition to being co-author of the book, Mr. Ratti provided all the excellent drawings that appear in this volume.

Mr. Ratti and Ms. Westbrook have also taught aikido in New York, working with youth groups at Centers associated with the Y.M.C.A.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    Aikido Text Book

    If you wish to learn the art of Aikido and could only have one book; this would be it. It is effectively illustrated, better than photos. From history and theory, dojo etiquette and fundamental techniques of defense...all is covered. This book will give you broad overview of the mental and spiritual underpinnings of Aikido as a whole. Must have this book in every library.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    Informative goldmine

    This is one of the most informative and pratical books on Aikido there is, in my opinion. The drawings are superbly done and you could learn from just looking at them. This is a book on the Science of Aikido from movement theories to illustrations of a very large number of techniques. I was really impressed with how professional and scientific the authors manage to present and explain Aikido. Too many books on Aikido are in my opinion flimsy 'new age' products where they resort to mysticism to explain concepts they lack any knowlegde and experience of. But not this book, this one stands out like a pillar of rationality among those pretenders. This is a very robust piece of work with a very large amount of information, any practitioner of Aikido would enjoy reading this book, from beginner to experienced practitioners.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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