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Old 10-15-2005, 11:13 PM   #1
Dan Takaoka
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Question Good beginner Aikido book or DVD

I'm trying to find a good book that has a alot of easy to read terminolgy with easy translation and information on techniques. Any information thank you!
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Old 10-16-2005, 02:42 AM   #2
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Dojo: Aikido at the meadows Dojo/ 225 Moreno street (Dancing Flame Studios) in Las Vegas NM
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Re: Good beginner Aikido book or DVD

well I dont know about teqniques but I know of a website with quite a few pages of translations (15 printed pages ahhaa)
lots of other things on there as well
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Old 10-16-2005, 05:24 AM   #3
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
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Re: Good beginner Aikido book or DVD

My first aikido book that put me on a strong path was: "Aikido, The Way of Harmony" by John Stevens. As a matter of fact, 21 years later, I am still learning from it.
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Old 10-16-2005, 01:42 PM   #4
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Re: Good beginner Aikido book or DVD

IMHO, any of the Ueshiba family books. Go to the source.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 10-16-2005, 02:40 PM   #5
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Re: Good beginner Aikido book or DVD

A couple of new books might work well for you: "Aikido: Essential Guide to Mastering the Art" by Bruce Allemann (this is a very visual book, with excellent photography), and "Aikido: Basic and Intermediate Studies", by John Litchen (this book is written as a scholastic textbook, with many drawings).

Also fairly recent is "Aikido Basics", by Phong Sensei and the fellow whose response precedes this entry, Lynn Seiser, who humbly neglects to mention his own book, so I will. This book is an excellent and balanced introduction to Aikido, including those aspects beyond the purely technical.

Two other good bets are "Best Aikido: The Fundamentals" and "The Aikido Master Course: Best Aikido 2", both by Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu. There are dozens of other worthy suggestions, but these five should get you well on your way. Don't be content with just one or two books. Experience as many as you can, and get in the dojo and TRAIN.

P.S. For an Aikido-specific language primer, find a copy of Michael Taylor's "Aikido Terminology". It's got translations galore, all cross-referenced, and kanji, too.
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Old 10-17-2005, 10:01 AM   #6
Trish Greene
Dojo: Aikido-Kajukenbo Self Defense Center
Location: Boise
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Re: Good beginner Aikido book or DVD

I started learning about Aikido last month and my Sensei has been feeding my thrist for knowledge with books from his library. Currently I am reading "The Philosphy of Aikido" By John Steven's. As the title suggests, it is a wonderful book to understand the philosphy behind Aikido. It also has a great set of pictures of O'Sensei in the back of the book.

It isn't much of a "How To" book but I don't think that was what the author intended.
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:39 AM   #7
Eric Webber
Dojo: Aikido West Reading
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Re: Good beginner Aikido book or DVD

"Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" is the all-time classic (IMHO).
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