Interesting and enlightening,
This review is from: Aikido, Iron Balls and Elbow Power: The Teachings of Alex Essani (Paperback)
There are instructional books on aikido that are a mixture of text and photos to help describe the movements for each step of a particular technique. There are books on aikido that describe the writer's personal journey while practicing the art. This book is a mixture of both. The book uses fictional characters to better express the many subtle points of aikido. You follow the character through his practice and his discussions with his instructor. The book discusses the etiquette, how you work with your classmates, and how to improve your technique, but it is not the step-by-step approach. You can read the book in a linear format, or you can choose a chapter.
I enjoyed reading the book. I have reread this book several times and each time it has given me a different perspective on how I practice. I keep it nearby so that I can read a chapter or two when I'm relaxing and I visualize the movements described.
Easily one of my favorite books on aikido.
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