I wanted to add another book I picked up last night and have been having a blast reading:
by Phong Thong Dang and Lynn Seiser (hmm, where have I seen that
name before, I wonder?
Luckily I'm not a complete beginner, since I have previous Nihon JuJitsu under my belt, but all of these stances and breathing exercises....I needed some help
So I'd like to add this as one of my recommended books for beginners.
Their later two collaborations (Advanced Aikido
and Aikido Weapons Techniques
) are also worthy. Some of the most balanced Aikido writing out there.