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an invaluable primer for shin shin toitsu aikido students.,
By A Customer
This review is from: KI in Aikido: A Sampler of KI Exercises (Paperback)
I had hesitated to review this for two reasons:
First, while I have never met the author, based upon an ongoing e-mail correspondence, I very much consider her a friend.
Second, my own practice of aikido is in a very different style (aikikai). It has occurred to me that this may actually be an advantage in judging the book: would a naive reader, upon opening and perusing this book, gain an understanding of the why and how of ki exercises? Definitely yes; the word "primer" would perhaps be even more apt than "sampler." Ms. Shifflett's breezy tone and relaxed line drawings (including, recognizably, George Simcox Sensei, as well as the author) invite the reader to explore; her very concise "how-to's" are liberally sprinkled with anecdotes that keep the book flowing, never bogging down in instructions.
While this style happens not to be my cup of tea, this book has a place any well-rounded aikido library (my copy is staying put), and I strongly recommend this book to anybody who is beginning to practice shin shin toitsu style aikido or who may be curious about what it has to offer.