Scott Allbright's Aikido and Randori is a well researched and incisively argued work that demonstrates both the author's extensive aikido experience and intellect. The text is excellently supported by some 300 high quality illustrations, and cleverly draws on material from sources outside of aikido. The book is not, whether intentionally or not, entirely suitable for beginners of Shodokan (a.k.a Tomiki) Aikido or other schools of aikido, as the technicality and, at times, complexity of the text requires some aikido experience.
The central argument of the book concerns the-for some contentious-issue of randori (competitive free-style "fighting") which distinguishes the Shodokan system from most other schools of aikido. The text trenchantly examines both the history and the reasons behind Prof. Tomiki's decision to introduce randori into aikido practice.
Following the central argument is an extensive documentation and explanation (making good use of the illustrations) of the central principles and practices that form the Shodokan system. Particularly useful is the extensive use and explanation of Japanese terminology, and an invaluable list of kaeshi waza (counter-techniques used in randori). The book also provides a large glossary.
Aikido and Randori shall offer invaluable instruction and become an important reference source for those who practice Shodokan Aikido. For those who practice one of the other forms of aikido the book present the best English language advocacy for the Shodokan system to date.