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Old 01-19-2001, 08:45 PM   #1
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I have recently decided to begin studying Aikido. I have found a place to recieve instruction and I am excited about beginning next week. While at the bookstore yesterday I glanced over the martial arts section and saw a book titled

Aikido and the Dynamic Circle (sphere?)

that title may be a little off.

I was wondering if it was worth the tremendous purchase price of $32? If anyone has read it or if anyone has any suggested reading.

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Old 01-19-2001, 09:46 PM   #2
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I will check this thread manana and I expect big things. If three pages of movies and video games can be listed surely someone knows a good book.
(said in good humor)

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Old 01-19-2001, 09:57 PM   #3
Dojo: Aiki O'Kami Society
Location: Daytona Bch, Fl
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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere is a very good book. I liked it a lot.

But not for $32 dollars. Try Amazon.com, they should be cheaper.

Happy Reading
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Old 01-20-2001, 02:49 AM   #4
Gerardo A Torres
Dojo: Aikido West
Location: SF Bay Area, California
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"Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" (Ratti)is perhaps my all-time favorite aikido book. One of the reasons I like it is because it does not use photographs of aikidoka performing techniques, but instead it uses sequences of drawings to portray the them.

The drawings are so wonderfully conceived that I think they do a better job explaining aikido movements than still photographs.

Another reason I like the book is that unlike many books written by shihan(which are also wonderful in their own way), "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" is not impregnated with the author's personal philosophy of aikido, but it has a rather simplistic approach on things such as movement and technique. This book is presented like a technical journal of what the authors saw and understood about aikido.

I consider Ratti's book and Ueshiba Kisshomaru's "Aikido" to be the most fundamentally helpful aikido books. Also Gozo Shioda's "Dynamic Aikido" is another great source. There are other good ones, bu I think these are the most useful as far as technique, movement, and basic principles.

Hope his helped.
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Old 01-20-2001, 11:45 AM   #5
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Thanks guys I appreciate your help

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Old 01-22-2001, 04:38 PM   #6
Location: Tulsa, OK
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I liked the book but in my opinion the phrasing is rather dry and academic. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but such was my experience.

Also, I believe that the author(s) incorrectly used the word "zazen" in several places where "seiza" would have been appropriate.

Chris Guzik

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Old 01-22-2001, 11:39 PM   #7
Dojo: Korea Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: South Korea
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If you are really new to aikido, try to read 'Thorson's Principles of aikido'. This book is very cheap but has many useful articles for beginner.

You don't have to buy books. Most books are just showing techniques, it's very very hard to catch 'The Point'.

Please don't buy aikido books. Instead,
let your local library buy the books. Then, carefully read them and choose what to buy for you own.
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