Re: special Aikido books
I would highly recommend "Aikido and the Harmony of Nature" as it is incredible for giving you an image of a bigger picture. Gleason sensei 's Spiritual Foundation of Aikido is interesting but a difficult read!
Technical books are difficult because you basically only have two options for learning anything useful about aikido:
1) learn kinesthetically
2) learn the principles of aikido to optimize your interpretation of the kinesthetic information you are processing
Where step 3 would be: assimilate (retrain your body based on the new information), and go back to step 1
I have an old blue - out of print - book by Tohei sensei that is really good. So far I really like everything I have read from Tamura sensei, Saotome sensei, and George Ledyard sensei. I also liked the footwork examples in one of Shioda sensei's books.
Good luck - Rob
Last edited by rob_liberti : 07-12-2005 at 08:17 AM.