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on 31 August 2008
This beautifully executed book combines two lovingly crafted elements to form a truly wonderful story of the personal journey and memories of one of Aikido's greatest names. The late, and sorely missed, Terry Dobson speaks with a gentle beauty and grace of his time as a practitioner of this elegant and flowing martial art from Japan. Interspersed throughout are some truly stunning photographs by Jan E. Watson, some of training in action, some of individuals, each one capturing that ease and calm that seems to manifest itself so clearly in the practitioners of this, the gentle art of Japan. All shot in monochrome, they are, with flowing black hakama and white do-gi a glimpse of the yin and the yang, the balance and harmony inherent in aikido
From the first page to the last, the love and respect of the author for this martial art is obvious. Even more obvious though, is the wish to honour one of the truly great names in the lists of practitioners of aikido, Mr. Dobson himself, who passed away before the project was completed. Just as aikido embodies the love and care with which we should hold all life, this book is, in its own way, an attempt to show the love and caring that this incredible individual inspired in those around him. A fitting and poetic tribute indeed, to a man whose stories and life portrayed the heights to which the practice of martial arts and the philosophy behind them can take us.