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Aikido in Training: A Manual of Traditional Aikido Practice & Principles [Hardcover]

R. Crane , K. Crane
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cool Rain Productions (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963642952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963642950
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,036,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aikido in Training 26 Jan 2003
This is a book of traditional techniques and as such it is very good. It sets out to cover most of the basic empty hand techniques you will come across in a traditional dojo imcluding some not so often taught today. There are some jo(stick) and ken(sword) sections but they are in the minority.
The main rival to this book is the venerable "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" which is cheaper and has wonderful line drawings, this one has photographs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aikido In Training 28 Mar 2000
By C. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
I found Aikido In Training to be an excellent training manual and reference book. I think anyone who enjoys learning from a book, should get a copy to refer to often in their practice. I wish there was a softcover available of this title, so that I could throw it in my gi bag. Any serious Aikido student, should have their copy dog-eared in no time. The book contains a concise section on the History of Aikido that moves the reader. The Principles of Training section, as well as the rest of the book, encourages the reader to look deeper and keep looking to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Art. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about Aikido and suggest anyone interested should seek out the companion video series which expands on the extensive material presented in the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD SOURCE OF INFORMATION 24 Nov 2000
By Peter White - Published on Amazon.com
I've owned this book for a few months and have been able to refer to it to supplement my training after class. I particularly found useful the straightforward and detailed information of each technique covered. This book has given me a greater understanding of the many elements contained in Aikido. It is quite helpful to see the basic weapons (sword and staff)covered along with the empty-handed arts. I thought the straightforward, unexaggerated history section offered a welcomed change to the often politically motivated perspectives seen in some other works. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Aikido.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have 3 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book about a year agon and find myself going back to it on a frequent basis.
One reviewer stated that the pictures were missing steps. Quite frankly, if you want to learn Aikido, go to a dojo (you can't learn ANY martial art from a book anyways).
The practicing student of Aikido will have a wealth of information to draw from. The addition of less frequently seen techniques is worth the price alone.
This is definately one of the top three books I would recommend for anyone interested in Aikido.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source for Aikido techniques and philosphies 23 Aug 1998
By Fred (fotn@netins.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Aikido is probably one of, if not the most sophisticated of all martial arts. It challenges a student both mentally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually for a lifetime. Richard and Kathy Crane, both full time Aikido instructors from New Jersey (and both holding a 5th Dan ranking in Aikido) do a phenomenal job supplying the reader with a wealth of information on Aikido. Empty hand techniques (Taijutsu,) weapons techniques (Buki-waza,) and Aikido principles are all put forth in a clear and concise manner.
This book is not another one of those "Hollywood" type martial arts books that teach you how to beat up everyone on your block. Instead, the Cranes are teaching a true Japanese Budo, or Way, with a great deal of care and insight. The physical techniques of Aikido are tools used to help the student develop and improve themself physically, as well as mentally and spiritually. Aikido Senseis (teachers) like the Cranes are excellent examples of what all martial art instructors should be.
There are other excellent "series" of instructional books on traditional Aikido available, particularly those by Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan,) but this book, Aikido in Training, is the best "one stop" Aikido instruction book you could ever have, period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to arrive 10 Jan 2013
By mark hauer - Published on Amazon.com
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but the used hard bound edition was in good shape. A bit of sun damage. But for the price, I won't complain TOO much. I thought the photographs of the techniques could have been clearer-so often it looks like a tangle of laundry in the dryer (a common fault with aikido manuals). This could easily be remedied by having one person in light dogi (forget the hakama, that obscures the stance)and the other person in a dark dogi. However, with those minor quibbles, I still recommend the book highly.
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