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Last Review Posted by Shihan Sonny - posted: 12:59pm [ Post a Review
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This book is about a man (Suenaka Sensei) who has trained with the best of the best in Karate, Judo, Kenpo Jujitsu, Kung fu and considers Aikido to be the martial art of choice and Osensei as the best martial artist that ever lived. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in what happened behind the scenes to Aikido and Hombu Dojo between Doshu and Tohei Sensei after O'Senseis death in 1969 to give this book a read. As far as the technical aspects of the book, I am quite bias. I am named in the acknowledgements and photos of me appear in the technical section of the book as well. It is the style of Aikido I practice and teach.

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

Last Review Posted by Shadowfax - posted: 7:36pm [ Post a Review
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I picked this up on Amazon.com for $35. It said it was in VHS format but I was pleasantly surprised to receive a DVD instead. DVD menu breaks it down to sections so you can easily get to and view a specific fall. As a beginner and needing help whit Ukemi I found this a very helpful resource. Not only do we get to see the correct way to do front and back rolls and break falls but also he takes time to show the wrong positions of the body and explain why we would want to avoid them. I was able to learn a few things about my own mistakes in the first viewing that will help me to improve.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "Ukemi: The Art of Falling" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.50

Last Review Posted by Janet Rosen - posted: 10:31am [ Post a Review


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I've been wearing my Bujin womans gi top for several years now. It holds up beautifully - the fabric and the construction could not be better, and I say so as a seamstress. How to put this? As an older woman, I wish the shaping didn't assume 20 year old perkiness. And as a woman who prefers not to wear a t shirt over her sports bra, I wish there was a modesty tie at the bustline, where I've had to add one to every gi top I've ever worn.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "Women's 12oz. Dogi Jacket" by jducusin - posted: - Rating: ********* 8.50

Last Review Posted by Shadowfax - posted: 6:49am [ Post a Review
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Bought this book on Amazon for $2. I really enjoyed it. Love the bits of humor in there. Especially liked chapters such as It is natural to fall and No Mistakes. For me this book was a really good preparation for the experiences I was about to go through.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "Aikido for Life" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ******** 8.00

Last Review Posted by Shadowfax - posted: 6:42am [ Post a Review
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Views: 60466

I borrowed this book form a friend and very much enjoyed it. In a lot of ways it was useful for me as a beginner to know what to expect in the upcoming days as I began to learn. I especially liked its application to daily life and the chapters on centering, Ki and blending.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.50

Last Review Posted by Shadowfax - posted: 6:34am [ Post a Review
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This book was given to me by a friend when I told him I was beginning Aikido. It has been very helpful to me in identifying the things I have worked on at the dojo and getting to know my basics. The glossary in the back is very useful for me in getting terminology correct. I gave it a 9 simply because to me nothing is perfect.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "Ultimate Aikido" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.50

Last Review Posted by Linda Eskin - posted: 5:10pm [ Post a Review
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I am lucky to have stumbled onto this book just as I am taking my first Aikido classes. It is a tremendously valuable resource, and I'm grateful to have it. It answers all the basic questions (how on earth am I supposed to tie this belt, and what is that they are saying at the start of class?), and opens up vast areas for additional exploration (verbal self-defense, how we learn, etc.). The information on exercises, stretches, and injuries has been a great help. I would find learning techniques from any book alone difficult, but it's great to be able to look them up, learn a bit more about them, and confirm (or correct) what I thought I remembered from class. There is lot of detail and depth. I expect I will still find new things to learn from this book even years from now.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Aikido: Exercises for Teaching and Training" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 9.60

Last Review Posted by jducusin - posted: 10:50pm [ Post a Review
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I received this beautiful weapon (in grade 7 Hickory and with an inscription, no less!) as a gift some years ago and am continually impressed by the level of care that went into its creation - not only is it wonderfully balanced but the hand-cut wood gives working with it a very pleasant feel in my hands; what a difference being hand-cut with quality tools (as opposed to sanded) makes! The only thing I would even remotely describe as a negative about this bokken is that for me personally, I find it a little too light - but then I had spent some years prior practicing with a rather heavy and ill-balanced white oak bokken. Otherwise, this is without a doubt the finest bokken I have ever owned. It has thus far stood up to a few years now of practice (against much heavier weapons) and I foresee a great many more with it in the future!

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Handcut Aikiken" by jducusin - posted: - Rating: ******* 6.50

Last Review Posted by Al Gutierrez - posted: 11:06pm [ Post a Review
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Is this just a new dvd release of the older Aiki News tapes previously produced, or do these contain new or different footage?
Product Details: "Noriaki Inoue: Aikido's Forgotten Pioneer"" by Ellis Amdur - posted: - Rating:

Last Review Posted by Ellis Amdur - posted: 7:00pm [ Post a Review
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Some years ago, Bruce and I exchanged video/DVD of our respective films on ukemi. Of mine, he said, laughing, "You don't care about looking good - you are just teaching how to survive." That's accurate. Bruce's is far more. This video (and the introductory one before this) instruct on how to be a BRILLIANT uke - someone whose ukemi not only keeps one safe, but enables one to completely conform to the requirements of doing classical aikido. I do not mean by this that he teaches how to take a "dive." Rather, that you will learn as much about aikido technique TAKING ukemi (as Bruce suggests) as you will doing aikido techniques. A couple of years ago, I watched a class of Kato Hiroshi, where Bruce worked with various individuals in the room, as well as taking ukemi for Kato Sensei. He was tireless, a testimony to both good training and efficiency in movement - and he was able to work with Kato as if he was a lifelong student, even though they had just met. If you wish to master the kind of aikido that has been practiced in Japan post-war, of which a certain style of ukemi is essential, this video is the one. If you learn what is on these two tapes well, you will be able to walk into any Aikikai dojo in Japan (and many other styles as well) and not only be safe, but will stand out as someone that the instructor will desire to teach. I only hope that he makes a DVD as well.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Advanced Ukemi: The Art of Falling" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

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