A new review has been posted in the AikiWeb Book database
Book Title: This is Aikido
Book Author: Tohei, Koichi
Review author: Ian Dodkins
Rating given: 4 (out of 5)
I found an old copy of this in a library - not sure it is easy to get hold of!
I actually found this historically interesting since he talks about aikido in such a way that you realise it was a new and relatively unknown martial art, still trying to get respectability.
If I had been reviewing it in the 60's I would have given it 5 stars. Writing is authoritative and I liked the use of curly arrows in diagrams to represent the dynamic and circular movement.
It goes over a lot of 'techniques' whereas in reality they are the same techniques from different attacks. There are more comprehensive books but Tohei has a beautiful writing style which is concise and enlivening.