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Total Aikido: The Master Course Hardcover – 1 Feb 1997

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; Reprint edition (1 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770020589
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770020581
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Undoubtedly the most comprehensive manual of aikido techniques in English. For all serious martial artists, it will repay a close study and deserves a place on the small shelf of martial art masterpieces. Total Aikido is Shioda's masterpiece. Aikido as it was intended to be." -- Combat magazine ,September 1997

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GOZO SHIODA, born in Tokyo in 1915, became the outstanding student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of modern aikido. Holder of the ninth rank black belt, he founded the Yoshinkan school of aikido, of which he is chief instructor. He is also chief instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the Air Self defense Force, the Japanese National Railways, Sophia University, Meiji Gakuin University and Takushoku University, his alma mater.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas J Coupe on 28 May 2001
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As an avid martial artist I have dabbled in many styles, aikido is one such style. Although my experience does not put me into a position to comment on the technical ability shown in this text those who are in such a position rate it very highly. As an 'outsider' fron another system I can say that the book is very clear, in depth with an order to it and highly polished. Such quality makes it easy to appreciate to qualities and effectiveness of aikido. Also the techniques are explained so thoroughly that one not skilled in the art of aikido can still use them effectively.
It is quite exeptional in an area of martial arts literature, which is often riddled with mediocre texts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 1998
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Next to "Aikido and the Dynanmic Sphere" by Westbrook and Ratti, this is by far the best book on Aikido that I have read yet. Clear, easy to follow pictures break the techniques down into understandable segments; also includes great section on how Japanese police officers use aikido to defend themselves against knives and clubs!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2002
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a good,comprehensive guide to Aikido by a world authority. Much better than Shioda's earlier book " Dynamic aikido" . Large number of photos . Very large number of techniques explained and shown. Basic principles clearly explained. Good for beginner to black belt
- V.Welch, 2nd Dan, England.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 1999
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This is one of the greatest book written about Aikido. The techniques are shown in sequences and it covers everything from the basics to the advanced techniques of Aikido. Although the style taught is Yoshinkan, other schools will find it beneficial to their learning of Aikido techniques.
OSU
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Brand on 21 Feb. 2008
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With excellent photos and step-by-step instructions this book really brings the art of Aikido to the masses. It also contains useful pointers to help you perfect your technique and gives examples of common mistakes to watch out for.

The real key to this book though comes from reading it and then re-reading it again, focusing on the principles explained in the text. Once you start to appreciate the value of balance, timing and co-ordination with your opponent, everything becomes clear, what you might call a moment of 'revelation'.

Excellent stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 1998
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The best book on Yoshinkan style Aikido. The reader's attention is frequently drawn to small details in the techniques - precisely the ones that he/she may have missed in training.
The next best thing to the Yoshinkan videos from the honbu dojo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2000
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the book brings aikido down to earth, really. the constant focus on applied basics is beautifully demonstrated through diagrams and photographs, and areas which are often described in almost spiritual terms (e.g. breath power) are completely demystified. the book made me feel that with enough practice, anyone could master it - that's pretty rare in this sort of book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2000
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A fantastic introduction to Yoshinkan Aikido, I found it helped a great deal with traditional Aikikai. Lots of specific and quite technical tips and explanations make this an ideal companion to Dynamic Sphere which tends to capture the general feeling of a technique - without going into angles and common mistakes. Brilliant
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