on 21 August 2010
Many books on Aikido read like instructions for how to put together a new grill. Insert "A" into "B" with some pictures...that kind of thing. That's great for communicating technique, but guidance toward mastery takes more.
Daniel Linden takes the reader past mere technique while communicating profound Aikido principles that are woven into the fabric of this often mystifying art. On Mastering Aikido does away with the smoke and mirrors that many masters use to keep the students coming back year after year, without really showing them what they're doing.
What's more, Linden does all this in a format that's fun and compelling...dialog. The book captures the master-student dynamic, creatively brings the reader into the master's dojo and thereby communicates the "spirit" of mastery.
As an Aikido instructor (3rd dan), this book has given me a language and framework for moving toward mastery and helping my students do the same. Highly recommended.
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on 9 September 2010
On Mastering Aikido gives you a perspective unlike no other, and is written by a TRUE warrior. I've read a number of books on Aikido including the more popular ones (The Dynamic Sphere, etc.). This book is FAR more down to earth and practical. Aikido isn't practiced with the mind alone, it's a far more complete experience - a unification of mind, body and spirit. On Mastering Aikido allows you to feel what this is all about through highly practical examples and great stories. If you're serious about Aikido, I recommend this book very highly.