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Adam Alexander
08-03-2005, 03:40 PM
This is an incredible book.

I'm not through with it, but so far, it's way above average. I wouldn't call it perfect, but it's up there.

Adam Alexander
08-04-2005, 01:10 PM
Whoops...It's "Aikido Exercises for Training and Teaching".

I'm further into it and it's only getting better:)

markwalsh
08-04-2005, 02:04 PM
What I find interesting about the book is that it's almost multi-authored. A lot material in it comes form various people on the aikido list server and web based discussions - it's a real product of the age.

justin
08-04-2005, 02:39 PM
and it can be found where ???


thanks

akiy
08-04-2005, 04:03 PM
and it can be found where ???
More information on the book can be found in the Book Reviews section of this site.

http://www.aikiweb.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=88

-- Jun

Adam Alexander
08-04-2005, 04:11 PM
What I find interesting about the book is that it's almost multi-authored. A lot material in it comes form various people on the aikido list server and web based discussions - it's a real product of the age.


Yeah, no kidding. I think that's one of the things that's really getting me. It pulls info from so many styles.

It's the first I've read that didn't have such a strong "stylistic" approach (Except for "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere." Although, Aikikai techniques, I don't feel that it really was Aikikai dominated.). I think Aikidoka are lucky that it was written.

crbateman
08-05-2005, 02:51 PM
This is one of the most comprehensive books I have ever read (and I've read a couple), with information beneficial to almost anyone at any level of training. What sets it apart from many is that the subject matter are actually things that you CAN reliably learn from a book. Books devoted to formal technique are much less useful. As for availability, it can be found on Amazon.com, Abebooks.com, Bookfinder.com and many others.

Another book by the same author that is worth a read is "Ki in Aikido", which gives many understandable examples of the use of ki energy in Aikido techniques. Those of you convinced that ki is a lot of hooey might see something here that is thought-provoking (or not). Others who know ki will see it explained here in common words.

Adam Alexander
08-05-2005, 02:55 PM
I've never developed an opinion about ki...the fruity seeming kind, atleast:) I like this books perspective on it. Really, I also like the perspective in "Ki in Daily Life" by Tohei (I think that's the name of it...red and black book?).

crbateman
08-05-2005, 05:49 PM
Maybe red and black. Actually, "Ki in Daily Life" is a white book, with black title and a huge red "Ki" kanji on the front cover, first published in 1978, and revised in 2001.

You may be thinking of the very similar "Book of Ki: Coordinating Mind and Body in Daily Life", first published in 1979. This book has a red, black and white cover, with a drawing of a person staring at his/her own left palm, and a much smaller "Ki" character in silver. Like many of Tohei Sensei's books, these both have versions of the same information.

Janet Rosen
08-06-2005, 12:08 AM
The book really was an outgrowth first of conversations on aikido-l but even more so of the cross-style seminars we at aikido-l started organizing starting in 1998--as we met irl, on the mat, and realized that sometimes we were talking about different things, and sometimes we were simply expressing the same thing in different terms, and sometimes we were focussing on different aspect of kind of the same thing :-) -- trust and communication increased and Carol was able to bring it together in one wonderful volume.

And I have to say, speaking as a person who has never been a member of a Ki Society or offshoot dojo, her first book on Ki exercises is remarkably accessable and practical.

crbateman
08-06-2005, 03:49 AM
And I have to say, speaking as a person who has never been a member of a Ki Society or offshoot dojo, her first book on Ki exercises is remarkably accessable and practical.
Well put, Janet...

Adam Alexander
08-06-2005, 04:28 PM
Ah yes. There's Janet Rosen and Jun Akiyama quotes in there.

However you folks helped, there's an Aikidoka on this side of the computer that's appreciative beyond expression. It's already opened up new perspectives in my training (believe it or not, I've even been nicer to people because of it...what's up with that?).

Thank you.