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The Structure of Aikido- A Standard Above the Rest,
This review is from: The Structure of Aikido: Kenjutsu and Taijutsu Movement Relationships v.1: Kenjutsu and Taijutsu Movement Relationships Vol 1 (Paperback)
Unlike many of the martial literature out there, The structure of Aikido is a solid, scholarly and accesible representation of the art. The style of writting it's clear, professional and avoids the popular generalizing jargon that most martial arts book have e.g. "the most..., the best..., the deadliest... everyone knows... etc. Even though we know no-one can learn an art through reading alone, this book goes a long way into depicting a vivid portrait of the actual techniques used. And the comparisons between the Kenjutsu and Taijutsu are formidable, a most excellent approach that is refreshing and scientific. The contents are divided into the different techniques, basically what you would expect from a martial arts manual but the book itself has gone beyond my expectations and addresses in writting the core elements in performing the techniques.
A true classic work that raises the standard for serious studies in martial arts to a higher level. I recommend it whole heartedly and it is definitely a book all martial artists should have even though they may not do Aikido.