I haven't found much in the way of books or websites which look at the humorous aspects of martial arts - perhaps for those of us who practice - martial arts are too important to laugh at ... on the other hand we've all experienced surreal moments in our training and frankly if you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at!
So at long last a martial artist (an aikidoka I believe, but that doesn't save aikido from being 'persecuted') has taken a pen and drawn and written about martial arts, but from an 'odd' kind of perspective:- everything is familiar, but somehow made funny.
The cartoons are very amusing, and the written commentry excellent as well. It doesn't matter how practical/pragmatic or spiritual/philosophical your style is, you'll find plenty in this book that will make you laugh.
All my martial arts friends (from different styles) have really enjoyed this, and if you aren't a martial artist and would like to buy a 'different' sort of book for a martial artist friend, this would be a really good gift. One thing though, don't expect non-martial artists to find it funny (or even largely comprhensible) - they won't. You need to be an 'insider' to appreciate the humour.
I hope that they bring a second volume out soon, but given that it has taken them so long to produce this first volume (some of the cartoons have appeared over the years); I doubt if it will be any time soon.
Go on, buy a copy; you'll never look upon martial arts in quite the same way again.