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Old 02-15-2004, 10:42 PM   #1
Jack Robertson
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My situation....

Well, I'm not currently in a dojo. I decided that I will start doing Aikido full-time after track & field is over, because they're both big commitments for me.

Keep in mind, I'm not completely new to Aikido. My friend, who takes aikido as an elective in his university, has showed me how to roll and a few techniques which I've had a chance to practice on him.

Anyway, I have about a month before track starts and I wanted to find some good Aikido literature. Can anyone suggest me a good book, and where to get it?

Thanks!!! : )

P.S. The style of Aikido I will be taking is Aikikai, if that makes a difference in picking a good book.
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Old 02-16-2004, 03:38 PM   #2
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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere.

Excellent theory and fantastic illustrations.

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Old 02-16-2004, 04:07 PM   #3
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Best Aikido and Best Aikido 2: the masters course. Both by doshu (first one with his father).
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Old 02-16-2004, 08:16 PM   #4
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For a general overview of aikido stuff I really like Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training by C.M. Shifflett. Not a techniuqe book but has some nice training ideas and a great bibliography.


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Old 02-16-2004, 09:27 PM   #5
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Find a few dojos, watch a few classes, ask some questions. Make a decision.

When you've done that - ask the instructor for a book recommendation.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 02-16-2004, 09:29 PM   #6
Jack Robertson
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Well, thanks for your advice everyone. I went to Barnes and Noble and found 2 books that looked interesting. Total Aikido and Real Aikido. I sat down with them both and read a little bit of each. I decided to go with Realm Aikido.

Anyway, I'm on page 50 and it's pretty good I'd say! (though this is the only Aikido book I've ever read)

This book should quench my thirst for Aikido knowledge until track ends and I can go to a dojo: )

Thanks again : )
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