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Old 08-19-2001, 10:46 AM   #26
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"Training with the Master, Lessons with Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido". Nuff said

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Old 08-19-2001, 10:02 PM   #27
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"Aikido:the way of harmony"by john stevens and rinjiro shirata is a winner.
"way of aikido" by george leonard is good too. "secrets of aikido" is a fun read.

for all of my fellow shodokan compatriots, try to obtain a copy of nariyama shihan and shishida shihans book on aikido. it is in japanese, but the pictures alone are a superb guide. i would reccomend it to anyone.

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Old 08-19-2001, 11:17 PM   #28
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Hi Bobby;

The Nariyama/Shishida book was translated into English over two years ago by seven pairs (one Japanese, one English) and read exactly like that. Since then it has been smoothed out and should be available this October for the festival. As a team member I hope I don't have to pay for it.

I have one basic rule when it comes to books on Aikido. Limit yourself to what your Shihan suggests. A friend of mine told me Nariyama's book was part of the curriculum when he was studying Aikido in High School (under the Osaka Aikikai).

I have also heard some very strong negative opinion about Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere. In this case it was from a now senior student of Nariyama that studied the book with the earnestness that only a young man can muster only to come to Japan and find out over the course of years how way off the mark the book is on many things. I guess he was like a reformed smoker.

Anyhow - my point is that your primary source should be your teacher.

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Old 08-20-2001, 02:35 PM   #29
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hey peter,
i heard from sean flynn that the translation was done and that it would be availabe soon. talk about a time consumer once i get my hands on that book. hopefully, i will be able to attend the festival in october. where are they holding it? is it the one in osaka? or are they going to have another in the states?

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Old 08-20-2001, 07:23 PM   #30
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Its the one in Osaka this October.

http://homepage2.nifty.com/shodokan/index_e.html

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Old 08-20-2001, 09:42 PM   #31
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Book Books Books

Dynamic Sphere is a good book to a point but the flavor is decidedly Tohei influenced. Saito Sensei's books are incredible. I love Budo: training in Aikido for it hand drawn images and for the fact that it is one of the few if the only book written by Osensei that isn't Co-written by John Stevens. I have a bunch (too many) of his (John Stevens) books that I bought when I was new to aikido that I now wish I hadn't. They all seem to say the same thing and offer little in the way of useful training information. Satome Sensei's book is good as well as Yamada sensei's book. I've looked at Shioda sensei's Master Course and if I were studying Yoshinkan that would definatly been the book I get it is one of the best that I have ever seen. As it was I learned in a Tohei influenced Aikikai dojo so Dynamic Sphere and surprisingly Saito Sensei's books were the most relevant.

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Old 08-21-2001, 11:36 AM   #32
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Smile Re: Ellis Amdur's book

Quote:
Originally posted by carlin
I took a look at Ellis Amdur's site about his book, "Dueling with O-Sensei," and I saw the review written on this site. For those who have the book, what do you think of it?
YAMANTAKA : A very good, down to earth little book that analyzes Budo with a very cool viewpoint, equally far from both the cynical and the new era outlook.
Very thought provoking

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Old 08-22-2001, 06:22 AM   #33
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My favourites are Budo by O'sensei and "The Spiritual Fondations of Aikido" by William Gleason.

You can find info about the latter in his site.

It's very good. It talks about kotodama meaning, but shows a buch of techniques in the attempt of explaining the principles behind them.
Very very good and not new-agey as you could guess reading the title.

Bye

Tac

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Old 08-22-2001, 09:17 AM   #34
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Thumbs down

Aikido and the Harmony of Nature is my favorite aikido book. Saotome's drawings are incredible.

K. Ueshiba's "Spirit of Aikido" is also an excellent book.

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Old 09-06-2001, 01:35 AM   #35
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There is an interesting book published in France. "AIKIDO" by Noboyushi Tamura. The most interesting part is the first one, about bases and fondamentals of aikido, the second part, about "thecnics" it should be studied with the help of the Tamura Sensei because (in my opinion) is dangerous to study "technics "from a book.
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