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Old 01-15-2010, 12:51 PM   #16
Dojo: Riverside Aikikai
Location: Los Angeles
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 9
Re: Any suggested training dvd's for a beginner?

It's my belief that the DVD's put out by the Shihan are great (Personally I rate Saito Sensei's as one of my top three). However, I don't believe that, as a beginner, that's the best course of action to turn to. They are very entertaining and educational, possibly one of the best resources to brush up quickly on any given technique.

But as a beginner, I found that without an instructor present to work with you, any student has the risk of developing bad habits and trying to emulate what they see on the screen. In contrast, if you work through something with another individual and a yudansha or sensei or just a senpai helping you, the DVD can only get you so far.

So, if you're dead set on getting a DVD, i agree with Ms. Rosen, Ashley Carter, try to find one within your affiliation/style.

But in the end, I find myself agreeing with Mr. Dalen Johnson the most...try to get the basic concepts before turning to a DVD.

Good luck in your training and keep at it!

-Greg T.
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