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Too complicated for a beginner
on 31 October 2011
I bought this book about 6 months after I started to practice aikido.
I was confused because I am studying aikido in a foreign language as I live abroad and there are no native speaking teachers here, and in addition I like the dojo I have located.
The book has explained so much of the philosophy behind the concept of aikido that it is very valuable, but I feel that I have to give it a low rating here, not because it is not good, but because as a beginner, though i am two years practicing now, the line drawing are almost impossible to follow. I don't know a better way to describle the movements than line drawings but I am not able to follow them. It's quite torturous to link the practice in the dojo with the images presented in this book.
That's all I wanted to say, I just feel that the big star rating that the book gets is justified by the philosophy it presents, but not by the method of defining and making sense of the practice. This is just one opinion, but it leaves me, still searching for a better book to make more sense of the schematics on paper of the practice in the dojo. I suppose videos on youtube are a realistic alternative.