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on 28 May 2001
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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on 12 May 1998
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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on 4 January 2002
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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on 30 May 1999
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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on 4 November 1998
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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on 21 February 2008
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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on 16 November 2000
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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on 26 January 2000
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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on 24 March 1998
While no one is going to learn any martial art (much less one as subtle and precise as aikido) from a book, _Total Aikido_ is an exemplary companion volume to aikido study. It will enrich your knowledge and appreciation of this wonderful art.
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on 13 January 2009
An extremely informative book and accompanied by a huge amount of easy to understand photos, diagrams and illustrations. Ideal for the complete novice but could still teach the more advanced martial artist.
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