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Aikido: Toho Iai [Paperback]

Michael Russ

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29 Jun 2006
Musashi, the famous Japanese swordsman, who was never defeated in over 60 fights, wrote in his book, "Gorin no sho" that the basis off all martial arts is the way of the samurai sword, the Katana. O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, often said to his students that training Aikido without using the sword is not enough. This book introduces for the first time a system founded by Nishio Sensei called Aikido Toho Iai, which is the connection between the art of sword drawing and Aikido technique. The sword is the origin of the Aikido technique, and this book shows you how to use it in the right way. By the example of 15 sword forms and the corresponding aikido techniques, the book enables you to create your own sword form for different aikido techniques by understanding the principles of the sword. This will bring you more success in martial arts and much more fun while training it. It includes 700 step by step photographs, and introduces for the first time a system founded by Nishio Sensei called Aikido Toho Iai.

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Dr. Michael Russ, Bamberg, Germany, started training Karate at the age of 10. Always looking for something new, he joined many dojos and experimented with different styles. But when he had the possibility to learn from the well known Japanese teacher Nishio Shoji Sensei, Dr. Russ started learning swordsmanship and aikido as the basis of his martial art. Now he runs his own dojo, in which people learn the art of Aikido, Aikido Toho Iai and Jiu Jitsu. Dr. Russ holds a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido and Aikido Toho Iai, a 6th degree black belt in Karate and a 2nd degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanations of Aikido Toho Iai 24 July 2006
By An overage student - Published on Amazon.com
The author explains the system of Aikido Toho Iai in detail and its relationship to the empty handed techniques of traditional Aikido. This book is a tribute to the late Shoji Nishio Shihan and presented to Aikido practitioners the important relationship of Aikido training and the sword.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good (Especially if you are interested in the Nishio style) 5 July 2006
By Aikido Book Guy - Published on Amazon.com
This book compares 15 basic aiki sword techniques and their taijutsu (empty-handed) counterparts. Photography, print and paper quality well above average. The book is an excellent value at the listed price.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference 9 May 2014
By GAH - Published on Amazon.com
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Great reference for katas based on Shoji Nishio sensei's teaching. However, recently Koji Yoshida sensei made changes to various katas, so this reference is no longer in sync.
4.0 out of 5 stars great resource 2 Nov 2011
By chuckyE - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice overview of Japanese sword history. Some of the diagrams are not that clear to follow. Pictures and footwork look different to me sometimes. Overall good to have for reference if studying Aikido Toho Iai. Doesn't replace training with a certified instructor.
4.0 out of 5 stars Can be helpful 8 April 2011
By sulaco33 - Published on Amazon.com
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The volume covers all the fifteen kata of Aiki Toho Iai, a series of Japanese sword forms created or adopted from other iaido schools by the late Shoji Nishio sensei, one of aikido's greatest innovators.

The book also contains chapters dedicated to the interpretations of those kata in taido (unarmed techniques) as well as several ken tai ken (sword vs. sword) forms. Michael Russ did a tremendous job preparing this book and kudos to him for that. The written instructions are very thorough, often concentrating on little details, which is very important, as iaid is all about details. The photographs accompanying the text are of very good quality, clearly illustrating the issues described in the text.

"Aikido Toho Iai" is a very valuable learning tool for any Nishio Aikido enthusiast. It won't of course replace the actual dojo practice overviewed by a capable sensei, but can be a great reference resource. Highly recommended.
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