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Ideal for martial artists who wish to add to their style.
on 16 February 1999
This is a perfect source of information for martial artists or just regular people who want to learn how to effectivly neutralize an attack.
For myself, I found it to be a perfect guide for what I was looking for - an effective way to end a fight, without having to kill or knock your opponent out. This is ideal for any street situation where you would have to use justifiable force. And you have to admit that it is pretty hard to justify yourself when your attacker is lying unconcious in a pool of blood on the street after an unarmed attack.
Anyways, it is perfect for the person who wants to just hack away at the unessentials and learn the skill, without having to get in too deep into the philosophy and history of Aikido. This is not to say that the history and philosophy is not important, because it is, and the book does touch on these aspects. But what the book does not do is hammer spiritual this and spiritual that, into the reader so that he drifts further and further from the true essence of the martial arts. Which is what I find unique and enjoy.