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Old 01-20-2001, 09:23 PM   #1
Location: Bay Area
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 1,200
I give you

"Aikido Tips and Tactics".

I found this little gem in Borders today and spent part of the afternoon laughing my ass off. I don't even know where to start it's so bad.

I really don't!

It's that bad!

No, it's worse than that.

This book makes Bruce Tegner look like a goddamn certified Aikido genius. Take the 10 all time worst martial arts books, combine everything that makes them terrible, and the resulting book will still be better than this.

These guys know as much about Aikido as I now about playing the banjo. Check that, at least I know what a banjo is when I see it.

If anyone here needs a laugh, I encourage them to go to their local bookstore and take a look at this book.
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Old 01-21-2001, 03:03 AM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 82
Care to post a few quotes ? :P
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Old 01-21-2001, 11:03 AM   #3
Matt Banks
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 91
Yeah, on another website I posted I comment about the exact same book. Its is an absolute joke, I was in tears. It written by Garry Bennet I think the name is, he has pronounced himself a 10th dan, and his spelling mistakes are numerous. Everyone go to amazon.com and write a bad review of it, that way the guy wont make any more money.


''Zanshin be aware hold fast your centre''
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Old 01-21-2001, 03:27 PM   #4
Gerardo A Torres
Dojo: Aikido West
Location: SF Bay Area, California
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 23
On my way home I stopped at the bookstore just to satisfy my curiosity about the "Aikido Tips and Tactics" book. It seems to be a series of books, since I also saw "Taekwondo Tips and Tactics," by the same publisher, and using the same cluttered format.

The author, Grandmaster Bennett (10th dan), founded his own aikido style where the techniques seem to be performed with almost no footwork or movement of the center. Just grab the wrist and do kotegaeshi or sankyo.

I am in no place to pass judgement on the people who train this art. That would be wrong. But looking at the fatal mistakes they make (from a martial art's point of view) I cannot help feeling sorry for them.

And you were right, Erik, the book is that bad. And a lengthy one too! For example, they could omit all the irrelevant information about samurai history and weightlifting (with pictures) and write something about the person known as O'Sensei. I find it disturbing that someone might pick up this book and think is aikido.

Anyway, after browsing through that book, in order to forget the whole thing I had to look at a real aikido book, so I grabbed a wonderful little book called "Aikido for Kids" (Santoro) --I read the whole book and I thought it was great!
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