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I was recently asked by a friend, to recommend an Aikido book for him as he was joining the Police force in 2 weeks.
'well they'll probably teach you whatever you need to know' i told him
"yes but i want to get a heads up, i want to look as though i know what i'm doing" was his reply.
'well the best way would be to join a club...'
"no i haven't got time time for that" he interrupted
'well there's (i reeled off a few titles) which show techniques in detail etc'
"umm right" his reply (without making notes of my suggestions)
I met up with him last weekend, and he showed me his book -- Dynamic Aikido (Gozo Shioda)
'oh right, i've got that one, it's got some good diagrams to work from' i told him.
"no its not very good" was his reply "its all broken down into small movements" he seemed disappointed in his lack of progress.
ohh... then i realized - he needed the 'Magic book', the one where he just sits back and is imbued with all the technical knowledge.
i'll have to borrow his copy, if he ever finds it.....
Until then i just keep going to the Dojo.