Re: Publication: "On Mastering Aikido" by Daniel Linden
Amazed and deighted at the content of this book! Written in a unique and refreshing style of conversation it takes the reader through Linden's framework of 'Westernised' principles to understand the riai in Aikido and potentially master our art. At the same time we gain glimpses of the Sempai / Kohai relationship between Saotome Sensei and Daniel Linden and gain insight into one man's view of Aikido after a lifetime of ardent training.
A 'must read' for all aikidoka! Up there with the works by Sensei Saotome , Budo and Goza Shoida's Shugyo. Indeed, a useful book for any experienced Martial Artist. In a nut shell? It gives to the experienced student what the Dynamic Sphere gave to the beginner.
Enjoyable, easy to read and full of Westernised revelations. And like all any good revelation it shows and explains what a student might have glimpsed already but was unable to name and make tangible for further training. That said, realise it only gives a direction for the life-long aiki journey - still its great to have some sort of map and guide along the way that is more than just technique. Designed for the advanced student but could be read by any Aikidoka.