Aikido and the dynamic sphere; an illustrated introduction
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EMERGING from a long period of obscurity in the East-during which time it was familiar only to relatively restricted circles-aikido has been called one of the most subtle and sophisticated of the martial arts, and-at its higher levels-an effective discipline for the development, integration, and utilization of all man's powers, physical and mental (spiritual). Read the first page
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This helped me pick my next teacher well and his teaching style has me running to this book every so often to highlight key points and scribble in the margins. My only gripe is that some of the line drawings (very beautifully done) and diagrams are a little hard to follow, but having the technique applied to me/applying the technique to my training partner for real soon helped me to figure out which way was up.
DO NOT rely on this book to teach you Aikido. To learn Aikido (and any MA for that reason) you need a competent, qualified teacher who understands and has a passion for what they are teaching and aren't just going through the motions in a McDojo to pay the mortgage. DO rely on this book to supplement your experiences and learning in an Aikido. Works for me guv.
Westbrook & Ratti's thoughtful and intelligent text explains the rationale behind one of the most effective yet graceful of the martial arts, the theory of sphericity of movement and its application in neutralizing and redirecting the force of an opponants attack is superbly illustrated through the hundreds of line drawings. In fact I found the drawings easier to follow in explaining the techniques and clarifying the text than in many more recent photographically illustrated martial arts books.
Aikido & the Dynamic Sphere belongs on your martial arts bookshelf. But don't leave it there, study it!!!
I highly recommend this text to any students of Aikido as an accompaniment to your formal training.
a spiritual aspect that is often hinted at, but when the
practice invloves techniques for bone-breaking and face
Then there's Aikido. And the quality of this book in explaining
the concepts of attack, the sphere of defense and the
philosophical standpoint of Aikido is impressive.
It goes beyond just Aikido and provides a deep understanding
of what a martial art can be (not just crunchy-bones!).
However, Aikido is obviously what it addresses and it does
so amazingly well. It's worth the price for Part V alone!
To boot...it has excellent inllustrations, and is printed
on high-quality paper that smells good!
ooooo----you should buy this book.
In some ways I feel the book is a little too pseudo-philosophical, but the sense of the spiritual inherent in aikido is adequtely conveyed. Well worth a read as an expert or aspirant
This book is an excellent introductory text that covers history, philosophy, etiquette and core techniques in a very accessible way. The chapter structure is clear, and there is a good balance between text and illustrations. Out of a number of books I purchased on this subject, at this stage in my Aikido life, I think this is the most useful. Strongly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent bible for beginners and seniors especially when you are on the bridge of becoming spiritual :). 24years exp in martial arts , 9 years aikido.Published 6 months ago by Richard Gawthorne
A Good basic introduction and explanation of Aikido, excellently presented and illustrated throughout. Bought this as an updated copy and was in exceedingly good condition. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adrian Hughes
One of the classic texts on Aikido. I first had this in hardback, it is nice now to have it available on my kindle. I can now have it accessible whenever I need it.Published 9 months ago by Nigel Gordon
A VERY GOOD BOOK, EASY TO READ, CLEAR PICS, SEEMS TO HAVE ALL THE BASIC MOVES TO GET YOU STARTED
I have a 2nd Dan in Judo so have seen lots of good and bad books of this... Read more
This Incredible book is not just relevant to students of Aikido but for any martial discipline and style. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer