Jon Otto wrote:
A native-English speaker has joined the Dojo I practice in in Japan and he asked me to recommend for him a book that will explain the names of the stances/techniques/etc. Since I practiced previously with English speakers in the US I've never read books like that (I usually go for the philosophy books) so I don't know what to recommend to him.
Does anyone know of any good books like that? He specifically said he doesn't want something that tries to teach techniques, just something that teaches the Japanese terminology.
Many thanks if you have a recommendation.
Quick and dirty: http://www.aikiweb.com/language/
Conventional wisdom is to ask your teacher. In Japan, he/she probably isn't familiar with English sources, but vocabulary will differ by organization. I don't have them in front of me, but books I seem to recall did a good job on language include:
Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training by C. M. Shifflett
Aikido by Ueshiba Kisshomaru (although a lot of the terms aren't actually used in the dojo I've been in though, KOTE MAWASHI/HINERI, e.g.)