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1.0 out of 5 stars Good author produces a bad book, 25 May 2001
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This review is from: Aikido and Bokata (Paperback)
... Aikido does use exercises to teach the students correct body movement, positioning, timing and evasion of strikes. Yet in reality 90% of aikido is atemi (striking the opponents vulnerable areas). I agree that many clubs do no teach this until the basics have been mastered by students but the oppotunity for atemi is always there. Hence the aikido saying that once you think you have mastered the basics you must return to the begining.There are many clubs out there which focus on ki building exercises and it can look alot like dancing; perhaps Mr Tenger has experienced them. His bokata is unusual - in aikido the jo is normally used as a training aid. Finally, Mr Tenger usually has alot to offer, but not in this book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Looking for an introduction to Aikido? Look elswhere., 9 Jun. 1998
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Mr. Tegner obviously knows little to nothing about Aikido. This is probably one of the worst examples I've ever seen of a book dealing with the subject. A small number of the techniques do have some value but I would be hard pressed to call any of it authentic Aikido. In addition, the "bo kata" bears little resemblance to the stick techniques traditionally taught in Aikido schools. Mr Tegner has written books worthy of consideration (his book SELF-DEFENSE NERVE CENTERS AND PRESSURE POINTS comes to mind) but this certainly isn't one of them. My advice? If you're looking for a good introduction to Aikido, your money would be better spent elsewhere
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tegner dropped the ball on this one, 12 May 1998
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This review is from: Aikido and Bokata (Paperback)
Although Bruce Tegner has lots of good things to show people regarding juijutsu and karate, on aikido he has nothing of any real consequence to contribute. He starts the book off by saying that Aikido doesn't really work for self-defense and should be approached solely for art and exercise. Anybody who has seen Steven Seagal in a movie recently knows that aikido can be very effective; what Tegner should say is that it can be awesomely effective, but to get to that level you have to practice for 4 or 5 years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good...if you know what you're doing., 1 Dec. 1998
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I first bought this book long before I learned any Aikido, and it made little to no sense what so ever. Now I am an Aikido-ka and I find this book a very good study aid. In short this book is not a self-contained guide to Aikido merely a study guide for student. If you're looking to learn Aikido from a book...this is not the book.
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