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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent add on to previously taught techniques
As a serving Metropolitan Police officer I am interested in anything which improves my safety and this book is very comprehensive in what it teaches techniques that with practice are very effective on a street level.I would recommend this book to any other police officers
Published on 29 July 2001 by D. R. Lane

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING TITLE
Having read the synopsis and previous reviews I had expected to open up a book on controlling tactics used by law enforcement professionals based on aikido techniques. How wrong can you be.
The first 67 pages are what you expect in a general book on the subject of aikido. The 21 Tactics shown left me stunned.
No17 sums it up. You cannot use this defence where...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING TITLE, 24 April 1998
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This review is from: The Secrets of Police Aikido: Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals (Paperback)
Having read the synopsis and previous reviews I had expected to open up a book on controlling tactics used by law enforcement professionals based on aikido techniques. How wrong can you be.
The first 67 pages are what you expect in a general book on the subject of aikido. The 21 Tactics shown left me stunned.
No17 sums it up. You cannot use this defence where an attacker bearhugs from behind around your elbows.
We teach self defence and practice these types of attacks on both males & females. The suggested raising of the arms to break the grip as you step back is a joke. The attacker is usually right agianst your body and you cannot step back or raise your arms.
There are numerous successful ways of defending agianst this type of attack but this is not one to be recommended.
Overall I was disappointed with the content and feel I waisted my money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent add on to previously taught techniques, 29 July 2001
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This review is from: The Secrets of Police Aikido: Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals (Paperback)
As a serving Metropolitan Police officer I am interested in anything which improves my safety and this book is very comprehensive in what it teaches techniques that with practice are very effective on a street level.I would recommend this book to any other police officers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time reading this., 22 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: The Secrets of Police Aikido: Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals (Paperback)
The First half of the book is the same as hundreds of other aikido books, about the second half: the techniques are badly explained, and the pictures are not any help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for cops., 20 Jan. 1998
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This review is from: The Secrets of Police Aikido: Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals (Paperback)
Don't let the title fool you. The techniques illustrated in "Secrets of Police Aikido" are shown in terms of a peace officer defending himself, but this book goes far beyond technique.
Mr. Sosa takes his readers on a journey into history, introducing us to Morehei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. We learn not only when and how he evolved aikido from earlier, more brutal arts, but why he did so as well. Along the lines, we are faced with the same questions that Ueshiba faced: Can I defend myself without injuring others? What obligation do I have to do so? The answers to these questions are both quite personal, and Mr. Sosa treads the line between handing them out and showing them within each of us with precision.
This is not a book that you can read in an hour. Nor is it a book that will turn you into the next Steven Segal. It is instead a glimpse into the philosophy behind a young, effective, and beautiful art form.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title & waste of time, 21 Sept. 1998
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This review is from: The Secrets of Police Aikido: Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals (Paperback)
I've read this book in few hours. As aikido apprentice (1st kyu) I jumped over the philosophical bla-bla to view those amazing techniques: the rear techniques are simple every-day's practice "ushiro-waza" with a gun in one hand. What if somebody stands in front of you pointing a gun in your mouth? And the knife techniques? People have to know that they have to train hard for several years before they can achieve the results shown in this book. Too many books about Aikido, anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant, yet pragmatic book, 8 Mar. 1998
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This review is from: The Secrets of Police Aikido: Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals (Paperback)
Bill Sosa Sensei, an amazing teacher and artist, has put together a terrific review for both the advanced student and curious reader. He offers a concise history and philosopy of the art, illustrates exercises for training, and then brings the focus of the book to controlling tactics. The step-by-step photographs of these defenses will enable the reader to get a clear sense of their usefulness and obvious applicability to the street. Above all, the reader should know that Mr. Sosa is uniquely qualified to write on this topic. He has trained police officers and written a well-received manual applying aikido to law enforcement, and his practical, no-nonsense approach gives the student plenty of material to practice and ideas to apply. This is a must-read for beginner and advanced practitioner alike. Let Bill Sosa Sensei guide you in aiki! (Frank Thomas, PhD, Gokyu, Fort Worth
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4.0 out of 5 stars Appeals to a broader audience than the title suggests., 13 Jan. 1998
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This review is from: The Secrets of Police Aikido: Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals (Paperback)
The title of this very readable book is somewhat misleading. It is far more than just a review of tactics useful to the law enforcement community. The book includes clear photographs and useful explanations of some basic techniques and specific examples of when they may be an asset to the working police office, but it does much more as well. In this slim volume, Sosa Sensei also covers the history, philosphy and unifying principles of Aikido - the way of harmony. For the police officer the book provides new ways to restrain and control suspects and perhaps the impetus to more fully study the art of Aikido. For the martial artist, particularly the Aikidoka, the book provides a new insight into the power and utility of the art. For others with a need to protect themselves without harming others, for example health care providers, the book is a useful starting place as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on Aikido and controlling tactics!, 19 Jan. 1998
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This review is from: The Secrets of Police Aikido: Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals (Paperback)
The most comprehensive in-depth and complete book on the subject to date. A must for students of Aikido as well as for law enforcement personal. Mr. Sosa is an insightful and brilliant author. The best book I've read this year, bar none!
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