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It's a Lot Like Dancing: Aikido Journey [Paperback]

Terry Dobson , Riki Moss
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1 July 1994
The text combines with the great photos to create an incredible reading experience. Anyone interested in getting more out of the martial arts than physical technique should read this book.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Ltd (1 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883319021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883319021
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Lot Like Respect 31 Aug 2008
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This beautifully executed book combines two lovingly crafted elements to form a truly wonderful story of the personal journey and memories of one of Aikido's greatest names. The late, and sorely missed, Terry Dobson speaks with a gentle beauty and grace of his time as a practitioner of this elegant and flowing martial art from Japan. Interspersed throughout are some truly stunning photographs by Jan E. Watson, some of training in action, some of individuals, each one capturing that ease and calm that seems to manifest itself so clearly in the practitioners of this, the gentle art of Japan. All shot in monochrome, they are, with flowing black hakama and white do-gi a glimpse of the yin and the yang, the balance and harmony inherent in aikido

From the first page to the last, the love and respect of the author for this martial art is obvious. Even more obvious though, is the wish to honour one of the truly great names in the lists of practitioners of aikido, Mr. Dobson himself, who passed away before the project was completed. Just as aikido embodies the love and care with which we should hold all life, this book is, in its own way, an attempt to show the love and caring that this incredible individual inspired in those around him. A fitting and poetic tribute indeed, to a man whose stories and life portrayed the heights to which the practice of martial arts and the philosophy behind them can take us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant Read 30 Jan 2012
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This book is not for everyone as it is not your conventional book on martial arts. It is a collection of muses depicting his journey in aikido and life which gave me pause for thought. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Martial Arts Experience - 9 Dec 1999
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I had seen this title around for years & avoided buying it because it looked a bit too "touchy-feely". I also assumed that it contained the redundant, & often abstract, philosophy found in many books & articles on Aikido these days. I am so glad that I gave it a chance, beacause this is truly one of the great martial arts books of our time.
Terry Dobson's stories and statements are interesting, insightful, intelligent, amusing, and MEANINGFUL. The book conveys some sophisticated ideas in autobigographical stories that the reader immediately relates to. Then it reminds us that some of the best & most insightful ideas are really the simplest. The philosophical quotes from the founder of Aikido that begin each chapter are amazingly appropriate given the very "down to earth" nature of the stories, and the fact that most of the book was assembled by an editor who combined Dobson's stories after his death - ie. they were probably not designed to fit nicely under a particular quote.
The text combines with the great photos to create an incredible reading experience. Anyone interested getting more out of the martial arts than physical technique should read this book.
The book is about life, truth, and the contradictions in both. All this & you can probably read it in about an hour !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aikido is much more than a martial art. 11 April 1999
By Mike Taigman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book does a wonderful job of capturing the comprehensive impact that the practice of Aikido can have on your whole life. The black and white photography seems to twirl off the page with breath taking beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read 14 April 2006
By Jonas Ellison - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been practicing Aikido for two years now and this is the best book I've ever read, not only about Aikido, but just in general. One of the good things about Aikido is that it has a deep philosophical library available to those who are interested. A lot of the books written by the founder of the art himself (Morihei Ueshiba) and his close disciples are great, but to westerners, can be a little hard to grasp. Terry Dobson lived and trained directly under the founder for nine years. The difference between his book and the others is that he talked about the founder as just another person rather than a god-like entity like the others often do. He is one of the best story-tellers I've known of and he lets loose in this book. You truly get caught up in his stories. I hated getting finished with this book. I have read it several times and am sure I'll read it several more times. I've let many people who don't train in Aikido at all read this book and they enjoy it as well. Definately a must-buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable evening 19 July 2007
By W. Scott Zrubek - Published on Amazon.com
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I spent an enjoyable evening with Terry's words and the accompanying pictures. I'd hesitate to call it a book about aikido. I'd call it a memoir by an aikidoka.

The vignettes that are presented are well-done, and a number gave me pause to reflect on them.

The photography used a too-slow shutter speed for my taste, most of the time. It conveyed the motion that is essential to aikido, but it often resulted in being just a blur on the page.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse at an "aiki life"... 5 July 2006
By Aikido Book Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a collection of anecdotes by and about Terry Dobson Sensei, a colorful and unorthodox early student of Aikido in Japan. It is an earthy look at the irreverent, yet dedicated way that this man incorporated aiki principles and teachings into his life, and the influence his interpretations had on the lives of his students. This book is a must if you want to explore Aikido "beyond the mat".
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