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Aikido: Tradition and New Tomiki Free Fighting Method [Paperback]

Nobuyoshi Higashi
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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Unique Publications (Subs. of CFW Enterprises, Inc; 1st Paperback Edition edition (Dec 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8656814494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865681446
  • ASIN: 0865681449
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aikido, the Japanese martial art using minimal effort to accomplish maximum result, is based on the laws of physics and anatomy. This is a comprehensive book which the beginner or more advanced student will find useful. Fully illustrated. 224 pgs.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I did Tomiki Aikido in Sydney Australia for 14 years and this is the best book I have seen on "our" style, which is also known as "Aikido Kyogi" or Sport Aikido. Kenji Tomiki modified the Aikido of Morehei Uyeshiba, "O-sensei", so it could be played as a sport in Waseda University in Japan. Skilled students test their mettle by fighting with rubber daggers (tanto). It is extremely hard to defend against an opponent who not only resists fiercely but who knows every trick you have learned! Traditional Aikido practicioners are wary about competition because there is a danger it will give young students an inflated ego, but with good instruction this is rarely an issue. What I liked about this book was its clear, easy to understand grading system. I learned under one Tomiki grading system (based mainly on the blue book by Dr Lee Ah Loi) and later had to change to another. I longed for a system such as this when I instructing. I ran a small club in North Ryde, Sydney, for a number of years, but I am no longer active. The "Dynamic Sphere" is the best book I have ever seen on Aikido. This is the best book I have seen on Tomiki Aikido. -- David Harvey, Sydney, Australia.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Tomiki Students 5 Sep 2000
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I practice Traditional Aikido although I have previously practiced Tomiki Aikido and used this book to help with my training. This book is really good for the Tomiki Aikido student who wants to practice and learn the techniques whilst away from the dojo.
I would also recommend it to Aikidoka whatever their style. I think Aikidoka should be open minded and give other styles a chance. All in all this book is clearly set out and I would say an excellent study aid.
ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR TOMIKI STUDENTS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference on Tomiki-style (sport) Aikido 21 May 1998
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I did Tomiki Aikido in Sydney Australia for 14 years and this is the best book I have seen on "our" style, which is also known as "Aikido Kyogi" or Sport Aikido. Kenji Tomiki modified the Aikido of Morehei Uyeshiba, "O-sensei", so it could be played as a sport in Waseda University in Japan. Skilled students test their mettle by fighting with rubber daggers (tanto). It is extremely hard to defend against an opponent who not only resists fiercely but who knows every trick you have learned! Traditional Aikido practicioners are wary about competition because there is a danger it will give young students an inflated ego, but with good instruction this is rarely an issue. What I liked about this book was its clear, easy to understand grading system. I learned under one Tomiki grading system (based mainly on the blue book by Dr Lee Ah Loi) and later had to change to another. I longed for a system such as this when I instructing. I ran a small club in North Ryde, Sydney, for a number of years, but I am no longer active. The "Dynamic Sphere" is the best book I have ever seen on Aikido. This is the best book I have seen on Tomiki Aikido. -- David Harvey, Sydney, Australia.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!!!!!! 16 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have studied many styles of aikido,but this is the best book I have seen on tomiki aikido. I have learned lots of techniques to add to my training. I enjoyed reading about the history of tomiki aikido. The book was easy to follow and I loved doing the tandoku-renshu.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all Aikidoka 16 May 2001
By "kyozan" - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book when I was training in Tomiki Aikido. It was a great help in learning the basics and I enjoyed reading about the history of Tomiki Aikido. In my opinion the descriptions and photos are good enough to learn from providing you are taking instruction in Tomiki or any other type of Aikido.
The reason I think it's great for all Aikidoka is because all Aikidoka should be familiar with the so-called different styles within Aikido. The meaning of the word Aikido is 'The Way of Harmony' and if this is to be true then all Aikidoka need to respect each other and their so-called styles.
This really is a good book and well worth reading. It's a great study aid in conjuction with the blue book by Lee a Loi, The Dynamic Sphere and of course professional instruction in the art of Aikido.
'Dream in light years, challenge miles, walk step by step'. Living Aikido.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive... 3 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Having seen other books on the subject of Aikido, I can definitely say that this one gives credence to Aikido in general and to the Tomiki-style as well. Compared to "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" it ranks better than that book in explaining certain fundamental issues such as Tsugi/Ayumi-Ashi (footwork) and helpful falling exercises clearly. Also, the documentaion of effective/non-injurous Atemi-waza in addition to standard Aikido is something not covered in the Dynamic Sphere. Although, I would have to say the organization and total content of Dynamic Sphere was greater...
Aikido:Tradition and Tomiki New free fighting method is an excellent book and I'd recommend it as a necessary supplement...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Applicable aikido 2 Aug 2006
By Joseph M Burtner - Published on Amazon.com
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One thing I noticed while reading this text was that the techniques were simple, common-sense, and didn't seem to need an in-depth understanding of "ki" to work. Tomiki aikido was apparently influenced by the randori (free practice) of judo, and as such it appears that anything needlessly complex was thrown out. The techniques in this book can be used, in conjunction with the "blending" principle key to aikido, to push, pull, or twist an opponent off ballance. I have to say that I was immediately able to grasp the practical nature of the techniques, and incorperate them into live-sparring excercises, mostly grappling. There are techniques for locking, throwing, off-ballancing, counterattacks, kneeling, knife defense, defense vs. strikes, and solo drills. The footwork diagrams were clearly presented. I'd say the addition of counterattacks for the basic techniques was a nice bonus, as was the inclusion of the belt-grading syllibus. On the down side, the photos were pretty bad and some of the explainations were a little brief for my taste. In the end, most of the techniques are fairly common-sense, and can easily be applied within the context of aikido, though making them work against a trained fighter might prove difficult. I'd make this a nice supplementary text for most martial artists, and perhaps a study guide for aikido-ka, especially those studying Tomiki.
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