A comprehensive text, fully illustrated with detailed with detailed explanations covering most of the initial studies a new student will undertake at basic and intermediate levels.
Simple principles are explained: disturbing balance, - connection and harmony - timing and leading - making use of gravity to creat a fall - basic pins and other aspects which can lead to effective Aikido that anyone can develop.
Aikido is a beautiful martial art that is endlessly fascinating and there is no age barrier. (The author is 65 at this writing.)
Although no book about Aikido can be complete or truly comprehensive - since there are simply too many techniques and applications to fit into one volume, or even ten for that matter - the author has attempted to convey principles that can be used to develop a deeper perception in the exploration of Aikido. Along the way he hopes that the reader will see the beauty and the possiblities embodied in Aikido practice and will be inspired to study further.
John commenced studying Aikido in 1990, the year of his 50th birthday, in Santiago, Chile while on an extended visit. His first teacher was Jorge Rojo (now 6th Dan and Technical Director of Aikikai Chile) who wasa such an inspiration that John and his son trained every day for the three months they were in Chile.
After Returning to Australia he continued with his studies of Aikdo with Aiki-Kai Australia under the direction of Sugano Shihan (8th Dan, President and Technical Director of Aiki-Kai Australia ) and his appointed senior insturctors in Melbourne, training 5 days per week.
On retiredment John moved to the Gold Coast where he continues to study 4 days per week teaching on one of them. In recent tiems he has also travelled across to New Zealand a number of times to study under the direction of Takase Shihan (7th Dan) and other visiting senior instructors from Japan.
John holds Australian Government National Coaching Accreditation to teach Aikido as well as Fuku-Shidoin (Assistant Instructor) accreditation from Aiki-Kai Australia.
John also writes about Aikido and other matters. He is the editor of Aikido Australia, the official newsletter for Aiki-Kai Australia, and has contributed articles to that journal as well as Aikido Today magazine in the USA, Bujutsu International in Australia, and several websites. He is the author of Cinematography Underwater (Oceans Enterprises) and Convergence - Aspects of the Change (Fiction from Zeuss Publications). He is also a keen photographer and in that capacity has contributed articles to Australia Photography, and Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic.