I would like to inquire as to whether the attacks presented in the book are strictly from your Aikido education, and if so, who developed them?
Essentially I'm looking to understand if learning the presented attacks could be an equivalent of learning attacks in a strike-based martial art (karate etc), or if they are geared towards making me a better uke.
I love your questions, so I hope I do them justice in my answers.
What I present in the book are my thoughts and advice on attacks, as far as I understand - and that's primarily from aikido practice, but also from other martial arts in general, especially other budo.
From my beginning and on, I have belonged to dojos that are not just aikido dojos, but contain several other martial arts as well. That is true today, too, in my present dojo Enighet. Thanks to that, I've had some very fruitful exchange of perspectives and experiences, which are included in my treatment of the subject in the book.
Also, I've had aikido teachers who stressed - and with profound knowledge - the importance of learning proper attacks. So did my first Japanese teacher Ichimura sensei, as well as his teacher Nishio sensei, to name the two most influencial ones on my aikido path. Tamura sensei, too, has given me food for thought on the subject, to say the least.
Generally speaking, I try in the book to present the attack forms as they would make sense to the martial arts focusing on them. So, for strikes and kicks, I consider karatedo, for sword attacks I look at iaido, kendo, and kenjutsu, and so on.
I am a strong believer in studying the attacking martial arts in order to learn how to attack, as well as how to defend against such attacks.
That's also the way to becoming the best possible uke. The more advanced the attacks are, the more advanced the aikido responses can become.
There is still an aikido perspective - for example in my choice of mainly Japanese martial arts parallells. Nonetheless, when needed, I have pointed out what I believe to be relevant outside of budo, and in some cases what might be better to consider than the budo solutions.
Actually, I have also partly considered out-of-dojo experiences, but let's not get into that