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Last Review Posted by Abdul Rashid - posted: 5:56am [ Post a Review

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Excellent book showcasing the founding of Aikido in the UK via Kenshiro Abbe Sensei. This book details the early, no nonsense hard style of training conducted by Abbe Sensei. Its such a shame that the legacy of Abbe and his pioneering students are almost forgotten. I definitely recommend this book to those who doubt the credibility of Aikido as an actual martial art and who are looking for hard old school training with no bs.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Positive Aikido" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by jamesf - posted: 7:58pm [ Post a Review

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This book offers a total of 138 Aikido terms, organized by topic, with two lookup tables (one sorted by Japanese Romaji, the other sorted by English) at the back. Each "chapter" of the book is a collection of Aikido terminology on a given topic. Each term lists it's Kanji, with the Hiragana for each Kanji (furigana), Romaji spelling, English pronunciation, and English definition. Compound words are further broken down by their components, with the components listed by their "dictionary forms"; this can be confusing at times, especially to a reader new to the Japanese language, as the word ending frequently changes, and in some cases the reading is entirely different, with no further explanation by the author. The author's selection of terms appears to also be restricted to his particular lineage of Aikido, without offering alternate terminology for other lineages. For example: all of the opening attacks that are grabs/holds use the term mochi without an alternative of tori / -dori being listed, the same occurs with tori in favor of nage / shite (in reference to partner roles). There are other parts of the book that are more confusing than helpful: 1. When Hiragana is used inline with Kanji (that is, Okurigana), the author inserts parenthesis into the Romaji spelling 2. The Romaji spellings are neither Hepburn form (using macrons: ō), nor modern form (using u for hiragana う: ou), but instead uses a dash following a long vowel (like Katakana). The additional problem is that the author already uses dashes as syllable/moro breaks in the Romaji. 3. The author's English pronunciation note seem to be his own scheme, with no academic basis. At times, it also seems particular to his own dialect/accent of English 4. The author's definitions of some terms are restricted to his dojo's implementation of that term. (Example: randori is defined as "round robin" and does not reference a freestyle and/or multiple-opponent attacks) There are two index/lookup tables at the back of the book, one listed alphabetical by Romaji and the other alphabetical by the author's definition. Verdict: while this could be a good reference guide for an Aikido student who is already somewhat familiar with Japanese, the relatively small number or terms covered prevents it from being a comprehensive desk reference for those who are experienced in Aikido and/or Japanese, while the author's unusual conventions prevent it from being a good guidebook for the novice.

Rating: 6
Product Details: "Aikido Terminology: An Essential Reference Tool In Both English and Japanes" by Marc Kupper - posted: - Rating: ****** 6.00

Last Review Posted by Mary Eastland - posted: 9:54am [ Post a Review

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I have been blessed for 28 years to train with Ron as my teacher. This collection of his experience is personal and well written. In this accumulation of 40 years on the mat as student and teacher, Ron shares his journey with you in way that could change the way you perceive Aikido. Enjoy! Smile

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Being, Essence & Motion" by Mary Eastland - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by George S. Ledyard - posted: 6:49am [ Post a Review

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This book does for young people in Aikido what Greg O'Conner's book, The Aikido Student Handbook: A Guide to the Philosophy, Spirit, Etiquette and Training Methods of Aikido, did for adult students of the art. It covers everything from Japanese terminology and pronunciation, etiquette, dojo layout, how to fold ones gi, rolling, basic techniques etc. The book is written as a teaching tool. There are little quizzes after a given section. The illustrations are charming. For young children, I could see parents reading the book to them and ending up with a better understanding of what the art is about than most parents typically have. Older young people won't be bored either. Very nice book I'd love for the kids in my young people's program to read.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Let's Learn Aikido: A Manual for Young Students" by Gary Small - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by montenegro - posted: 4:43am [ Post a Review

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Every technique described with step by step photos, there is no text except short and accurate comments on every technique. I bought this book at amazon.com as a present for my teacher and he was very happy about it. He said that he was trying to find an information about kokyu ho technique but he couldn't! And this book is exactly what he needs )))

Rating: 8
Product Details: "Aikido. Kokyu Ho Lessons" by 5Stars - posted: - Rating: ********* 9.00

Last Review Posted by 5Stars - posted: 10:07am [ Post a Review

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I bought it a month ago and use it going everyday throuhg the different techniques: 1 technique per day. I realised that Kokyu ho is one of the most powerful method in aikido. There are almost no Kokyu ho technique in the formal program unfortunately:( and I found that this method could be studied as "typical" technique step by step and could be used as a method in any other techniques like kokyu nage, irimi nage, etc. it is like a key!

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Aikido. Kokyu Ho Lessons" by 5Stars - posted: - Rating: ********* 9.00

Last Review Posted by sakumeikan - posted: 3:54pm [ Post a Review

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This dvd is part of a set of dvds which are basically references of aikido waza /conditioning for aikidoka with experience.They are not coaching dvds. Chiba Sensei using various students demonstrates basic form related to the particular grade . Camera work is clear. Little if any verbal instruction.You need to look clearly for insights into the forms.This dvd and the complete set of this series should be in every instructors dvd cabinet.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "USAF Western Region Test Guidelines, 5th and 4th kyu" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by ChrisMikk - posted: 5:57am [ Post a Review

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Aikido Shugyo, the first of Shioda-sama's books translated by Payet and Johnston, is one of the best martial arts autobiographies available. This companion volume is equally well produced, with the translation capturing a clear, individual voice, which I assume is very much as it must have been to speak with the author. I thought the content was a little repetitive from the perspective of aikido anecdotes/advice, but the stories about the war and the founding of the Yoshinkan hombu dojo are quite interesting. If you have a thing for martial arts history, this is almost as much of a must-read as Shugyo. Edited: please not the price I paid was 2,500 yen, not 2,500 dollars.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "Aikido Jinsei: My Life in Aikido" by ChrisMikk - posted: - Rating: ********* 9.00

Last Review Posted by groove - posted: 8:32pm [ Post a Review

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thank you
Product Details: "The Aikido Student Handbook" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********* 9.00

Last Review Posted by Aviv - posted: 3:43pm [ Post a Review

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Nine circles sells two lengths 50" and 53" and two thicknesses 2.4 cm and 2.7 cm. We purchased some 53" in both thicknesses and I can really recommend the thicker ones, which is are just over 1" thick. This is a good jo for larger students.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "White Oak Jo" by ian - posted: - Rating: ********* 8.50

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