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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942178
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I wish I'd had a book like this one when I started teaching 25
years ago! A valuable resource for beginners, senior students, and teachers
of the art."
George Simcox, Virginia Ki Society"

About the Author

C.M. Shifflett is the author of "Ki in Aikido: A Sampler of Ki Exercises," and is a student of the late George Simcox.


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Excellent view of Aikido from both a beginner's and more advanced Aikidoka's point of view with aspects of how to start, showing the equipment and weapons that are used in training, through Dojo etiquette and principles of Ki. Then moves on to warming up exercises the principles behind each technique. Each technique is then described and points out what you should be looking for during your practice, and how varying the technique can change the effort required. Weapons are introduced to show student each basically describing the names and uses and how simple practice techniques can be adopted. Overall I found this book enhanced my own knowledge and allowed me to look further into the techniques that I have been practicing and gave me some hints on how I could enhance my training through some of the suggested training tools and adaptions to my everyday life.
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By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2000
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This Book has an anecdotal manner and encourages an interactive approach to learning suggesting loads of experiments that can be attempted.It is unlike the usual "Monkey See, Monkey Do" approach of most such books. Its many digressions are informative and entertaining causing one to view aikido in a new light. They keep this book at my bedside when my other aikido volumes gather dust on a shelves somwhere. Highly reccommended.
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I have mixed feelings over this book. All in all I am pleased to have it but not excited. The diagrams are reasomable if not upto Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere standard. There are no photos. It covers all the basics like techniques, breakfalls, etiquette, warming-up and the exercise used in the Ki Society. Indeed, while there is a definate bias towards the teachings of Tohei sensei the author never looks down on other teaches styles. This is one of the strengths of this book, the author comes over a really nice guy who is has done a lot of teaching. Some of his ideas of putting things across are very good,some are differant and some are a bit strange. Bet he is good with kids.
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By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2004
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I am not an aikidoka, though I respect the art and its practitioners. If anything was going to convince me to change style and take up a new art (aikido) - this book would be it.
Much of the essence of the book has been drawn from e-mails sent to one of the aikido lists. In it various people give suggestions on what aikido is, what it isn't, how to do basic movements, the use of weapons, etc. etc. etc. all in a spirit of friendship and co-operation. Co-operation between different 'styles' of aikido - indeed even co-operation between different martial arts. The author has organised, refined and reflected upon these e-mails in a way that enhances their 'message'.
You couldn't learn how to do aikido from this book - but you can get a good feel for the active living spirit of the art - as demonstrated by its practitioners.
Even those martial artists who don't practice aikido would gain much from reading it (for instance there are good examples of how to teach); I would have thought that an active student (or teacher) of aikido would be very well advised to read this.
I enjoy it, and re-read it frequently - one of the 'best' martial arts books ever. (I would give it 6 stars, if that was available!)
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This is a fatalistic book. I am only a few months into wandering the Aikido path and already so many questions have been answered.

Buy it now, even if there is a hint of Aikido curiosity in your bones.
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By A Customer on 25 May 2003
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This book covers practicaly every aspect of Aikido, from common
questions, exercises ,ki development,tools and toys for training,
locks and throws,grabs and strikes,weapons,dojo and life etiquette ( how to avoid trouble). plus loads more , excellent.
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