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on 28 May 2001
As an avid martial artist I have dabbled in many styles, aikido is one such style. Although my experience does not put me into a position to comment on the technical ability shown in this text those who are in such a position rate it very highly. As an 'outsider' fron another system I can say that the book is very clear, in depth with an order to it and highly polished. Such quality makes it easy to appreciate to qualities and effectiveness of aikido. Also the techniques are explained so thoroughly that one not skilled in the art of aikido can still use them effectively.
It is quite exeptional in an area of martial arts literature, which is often riddled with mediocre texts.
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on 4 January 2002
a good,comprehensive guide to Aikido by a world authority. Much better than Shioda's earlier book " Dynamic aikido" . Large number of photos . Very large number of techniques explained and shown. Basic principles clearly explained. Good for beginner to black belt
- V.Welch, 2nd Dan, England.
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on 12 May 1998
Next to "Aikido and the Dynanmic Sphere" by Westbrook and Ratti, this is by far the best book on Aikido that I have read yet. Clear, easy to follow pictures break the techniques down into understandable segments; also includes great section on how Japanese police officers use aikido to defend themselves against knives and clubs!
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on 4 December 2015
Although it will never be possible to learn a martial art from a book without the instruction of a good teacher, this book is about as good as it gets.
The instructions are clear as are the photographs with extras on common mistakes made by beginners.
This book is squarely aimed at Yoshinkan lower grades and covers the basics only. Having said that, no one can practise the basics enough and I am sure that even higher grade practitioners will find themselves reading and re-reading the book for inspiration.
Highly recommended.
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on 26 January 2014
To be honest, I'm new to Aikido, but have been with Shotokan style karate for years now. I like others have made the mistake of buying every book I have seen on Aikido, not even thinking that there are different styles out there. When I mentioned this to my club, I was told to get this one. As has been said before many times, You can not learn Akido or any other martial art just by reading books, But what you can do, is to take notice of what you have been shown at you last class, and then taken it home with you, to study along with a the correct book. As the Yoshinkan style is the one used in my club, then it's not rocket science that this book was suggested to me. I'm not saying that it won't be any good with other styles, I don't know, But I do know that if you are studying the Yoshinkan style, then this is the book for you. I find the photos easy to follow, and of a size easy to see. All in all, a 5 star book all day long.

A real worth-while book, just don't try to run before you can walk.....
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on 30 May 1999
This is one of the greatest book written about Aikido. The techniques are shown in sequences and it covers everything from the basics to the advanced techniques of Aikido. Although the style taught is Yoshinkan, other schools will find it beneficial to their learning of Aikido techniques.
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on 4 November 1998
The best book on Yoshinkan style Aikido. The reader's attention is frequently drawn to small details in the techniques - precisely the ones that he/she may have missed in training.
The next best thing to the Yoshinkan videos from the honbu dojo.
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on 1 November 2012
This is a good text, and I have to disagree with the reviewer who only gave it one star. You should never attempt to learn aikido (or any other martial art) purely from a book. The value of books is to consolidate knowledge and focus on some details. This book is good in this respect - each technique is shown clearly with an adequate number of photos, and key points are mentioned in the text. Combine this with practice at a reputable club under a qualified BAB instructor, and you will learn thoroughly.

I disagree with the comment that there are no photos of the detail of what the hands are doing - check out the pic of Nikyo grip on page 96...
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on 15 March 2005
This book was given to me as a Christmas present two months after having started training in aikido. It's the book I now look at after training at the dojo. The techniques are well explained and the photos are clear. It also points out the common mistakes one can make in training. I find this book very helpful and invaluable for understanding new techniques learnt at the dojo. The way the different controls, locks and movements are shown and explained is helpful in improving one's aikido skills.
I recommend this book for who is already training in aikido and has decided to of the must have books.
It's not the book I would recommend to the person who is not practising aikido and would like an insight and information on this martial art.
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on 21 February 2008
With excellent photos and step-by-step instructions this book really brings the art of Aikido to the masses. It also contains useful pointers to help you perfect your technique and gives examples of common mistakes to watch out for.

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'.

Excellent stuff.
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