Total Aikido: The Master Course Hardcover – 1 Feb 1997
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"Undoubtedly the most comprehensive manual of aikido techniques in English. For all serious martial artists, it will repay a close study and deserves a place on the small shelf of martial art masterpieces. Total Aikido is Shioda's masterpiece. Aikido as it was intended to be." -- Combat magazine ,September 1997
About the Author
GOZO SHIODA, born in Tokyo in 1915, became the outstanding student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of modern aikido. Holder of the ninth rank black belt, he founded the Yoshinkan school of aikido, of which he is chief instructor. He is also chief instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the Air Self defense Force, the Japanese National Railways, Sophia University, Meiji Gakuin University and Takushoku University, his alma mater.
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It is quite exeptional in an area of martial arts literature, which is often riddled with mediocre texts.
- V.Welch, 2nd Dan, England.
The next best thing to the Yoshinkan videos from the honbu dojo.
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'.
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