5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A clear description of Homma-sensei's style.,
This review is from: The Structure of Aikido: Kenjutsu and Taijutsu Movement Relationships v.1: Kenjutsu and Taijutsu Movement Relationships Vol 1 (Paperback)
The author, Gaku Homma-sensei, is the founder of the Nippon Kan style of Aikido, a style which places great emphasis on the relationship between the weaponry used in Aikido (typically bokken, jo and tanto) and taijutsu or "empty hand" techniques. In this book, Homma presents a very clear illustration of their interrelated nature. He explains clearly topics which can often be overlooked. At no point does he simply assume you know what he is talking about or that you will "pick things up" yourself.
Anyone who has been practicing Aikido for longer than 6 months will find this an insightful and useful resource. A word of caution to beginners - this is a detailed description of Homma-sensei's own style, Nippon Kan. Unless, of course, you are lucky enough to be practicing at his dojo in Denver, there will be differences between the style and form that you may currently be practicing. It is, nevertheless, a very interesting read!