Mary Malmros wrote:
I'm looking for a good illustrated reference showing basic techniques, so that I can stop saying, "You know that thing where you step like that and turn like that and then extend over there and..." Anyone got one, preferably one currently in print? Or online?
I didn't see your style anywhere in profile or introductions.
If I were just starting out again and I asked that question, I would like this response:
There's really not that many techniques. There's a limited number of attacks. A limited number of category of responses. If you know them (which you can find on this site), it all comes together when you see a new technique. Instead of saying "the technique where you do this or that" you start to say things like "front strike, 360 to 180, all direction" (for example).
You'll find that as you listen to the advanced people talk, they talk in that fashion. The only time I've found anyone veering from that type of description is when they can further identify it by it's test position (fifth kyu, number six).
My experience has been that there's plenty of techniques that are different but (for simplicity sake) have the same name.
On books. Carol Shifflet's book is one of the finest. It's one of the top ten on my shelf.
However, for your need, I'd go Total Aikdo: The Master Course. Even Carol Shifflet speaks highly of the technical side of it.
I love The Dynamic Sphere. But, I didn't understand hardly any of it of it until I had a couple years under my belt.
If I had it to do all over again, I would write down the techniques that were done during class. I'd memorize them and practice only them until the next class. I wouldn't pick up a single book for atleast a year.