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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

Last Review Posted by kjeremiah - posted: 10:43am [ Post a Review

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Tenchi: Building a Bridge between Heaven and Earth by Alister Gillies 2012, CreateSpace, 134 pp. paperback-$14.00 e-book-$3.99 Review by Ken Jeremiah, Ed.D. “Tenchi: Building a Bridge between Heaven and Earth” is written by a longtime practitioner of Aikido, Alister Gillies. In this text, he relates some of the things he has learned throughout the years. These include some insights regarding the connection between the mind and body, and the training undertaken in order enhance this relationship. The book also includes information about the development of internal power, and the existence of specific (aiki) movements in Aikido that can be traced to its parent art, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. The book is a collection of essays in which the author reflects upon his personal experiences while training in martial arts, and on the practices used in order to increase the connection between the mind and the body. Due to the nature of the book, there is a variety of topics covered. These topics include the “therapeutic value and function” of Aikido, and the diversity of different styles of Aikido. “Tenchi: Building a Bridge between Heaven and Earth” also points out the popularity of Aikido (and Zen) in Italy and France. Comparing the ideas of French philosophers with the viewpoints found in Japanese martial and spiritual practices, the author explains how such seemingly diverse traditions actually blended together logically for Europeans. It is primarily for this reason that “there are more people practicing Aikido in France today than in any other country, including Japan.” Italy also retains a strong connection to Japan, and it too has a flourishing Aikido community. In my opinion, the most interesting aspects of the book were the chapters in which Mr. Gillies delved into the history of the art. He explained that O-Sensei taught different things to different students, and that this must be kept in mind in order to understand the complete whole. He also explored the connection between Daito-ryu and Aikido with an emphasis on the changes that O-Sensei made in order to formulate Aikido. In addition, he discussed the connection of Aikido to Zen. Although O-Sensei was not a member of this sect, or any Buddhist sect, there are some practitioners today who like to make this connection. As such, this book may help to clarify such connections for students who choose to combine these traditions, modifying Aikido in order to suit their own purposes. Mr. Gillies also compares the teachings of Aikido, specifically the notion of Tenchi, to various other religious and cultural traditions on the planet, including shamanism. “Tenchi: Building a Bridge between Heaven and Earth” does not lead readers along a linear, step-by-step voyage. Rather, it is a free-flowing, drifting text, in which the readers might not know where they will end up. However, at the end of the trip, they will be richer due to the experience. This text is worthwhile for practitioners of Aikido, and it may lead to future research regarding the connections between Chinese and Japanese practices and similar exercises found in cultures throughout the world, both new and old. I recommend it.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "Tenchi: Building a Bridge between Heaven and Earth" by Alister Gillies - posted: - Rating: ******** 8.00

Last Review Posted by Janet L. - posted: 2:35pm [ Post a Review

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Mine is the 800 gram version with the Tengu logos. It seems very well made and isn't quite as stiff as my housemate's Judo gi. It hasn't shrunk appreciably in three washings (cold water, air dry.) It seems to be very well made, all hems are nicely bound. The only down side is that it's HEAVY. I've had padded leather motorcycle jackets that didn't weigh this much! The bottoms were about the right length, and double layered from above the knees nearly to the hem, but clearly made for someone MUCH larger than I am. I'm not skinny, at 5'11" & 165lb, but I have to gather up about a foot of extra material to keep 'em up. The quality of the construction with all nicely finished seams, makes the proposition of taking them up rather daunting, so I'll put up with it.
Product Details: "Nine Circles AG-3 Deluxe Aikido Gi" by JRY - posted: - Rating: ********* 9.00

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