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"...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
Posted August 30, 2001
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.
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Posted June 1, 2007
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.
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