I purchased the Aikido 3D software about a year ago and like it a lot.
If your a beginner, I would recommend it over dvds (or supplement it with dvds/videos).
The reason being is:
- you can slow it down
- change viewing angle (top, side and follow)
I usually use the top and then side and lastly I follow.
- you can take off the hakama on uke and/or nage so that you can better see the leg movment (white gi pants shown), or you can leave it on.
- it shows radials to show focus on center point (cool but havent used that much.)
- it gives the option to see the foot movement.
i.e., it leaves red feet prints behind so you can analyze the steps.
(Wouldnt get to hung up on this, as it does vary how people step...but it may indeed help you in the beginning.)
So in short, this seems to be better suited for beginners than a dvd which shows only one view. As you can see its a lot more flexible.
You can choose by technique, attack, or grading level.
Its pretty comprehensive, you may find a thing or two missing depending on what your grading schedule includes.
It includes written commentary (small, but there for the techniques), as well as an option to listen to instructions on how to execute technique when watching in real time. (again, slow motion will not give you verbal instructions for the obvious reason that your busy analyzing whats happening instead of following.)
Once you start getting the gist of the basics, then DVDs make more sense...you kind of know what they are doing and can fill in the gaps for what your brain is not seeing in the video.
Anyway, hope this helps...if you get it, let me know what you think.
- though it would be nice if someone would break out the steps and put it into video or in the Aikido 3D software training program.
but then again, from what I have seen, people have different ways to do the techniques listed...and even call it by different names.