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Last Review Posted by Michael Young - posted: 10:45pm [ Post a Review
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We ordered a set of 8 jo to make available for our dojo members for purchase. The price per jo with shipping came to $27.50 each First the bad: Of the 8 we received, 2 were warped. This is a my biggest complaint. Their website states they have high quality control, but with 25% of the product we ordered warped, this is something that needs to be improved. In fairness I have not contacted the manufacturer about this issue, and they may be willing to exchange the items. The factory finish is definitely not acceptable for practice. Their website states that the jo are polished with leather and that this produces a surface that is ready for practice. In my opinion this is not true. The surface was very rough, and would most likely leave a small splinter or two in your hand if used as is. This is not a big issue for me personally as I always sand and refinish my weapons when I first get them, but if someone purchased one of these jo with the expectation of using it \"out of the box\" they would be disappointed. Another complaint is that every jo had mars and rings left in the surface from the lathing process. Some of these mars took some significant sanding to remove, and there were several that I could not remove with fine grit sandpaper. I would have had to get really aggressive with heavy grit paper to remove some of the deeper mars, and this would have most likely meant getting the jo out of round. The dings and mars that were left after sanding with 220 grit do slide through the hand just fine, but aethetically leave a bit to be desired. The mars and dings that might detract a bit from the look really aren\'t that big of a deal though, since this is a weapon meant for contact practice and will develop marks over time anyway. The good: You can\'t beat the price for a jo made of hickory. Considering that these are cheaper that most white oak out there even, they are a great deal. The more you buy, the cheaper they get too. Overall these are a good option for a dojo to purchase \"in bulk\" for students to have a cheap alternative for a jo that will stand up to hard practice...as long as you don\'t mind putting in a little sweat equity by sanding and applying a finish.

Rating: 4
Product Details: "Hickory Jo" by Michael Young - posted: - Rating: **** 4.00

Last Review Posted by Michael Young - posted: 10:37am [ Post a Review
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This is hands-down the best techinical Aikido book I have read...and I have quite a collection. This book provides a very systematic and understandable approach to many of the harder to understand principles that are very often commented on in Aikido classes, but rarely explained (and just as often, rarely understood). Centering, grounding, aligning, \"power\", connection and manipulation or \"neutralizing\" an attackers balance are explored in depth in a manner that I haven\'t read before in any other books on the subject. This book is very technical, but not in the typical sense that many books about Aikido are. It does not explore or approach technique, but instead the actual movements, body structure, and principles of connection and balance that are needed in order to move on to technique. The authors give many good descriptions of the proper principles and ways to practice them. Entire chapters are devoted to breaking down each different aspect of these principles. I found the question and answer format a great approach to the material. This book mainly focuses on what happens after \"first touch\" occurs between partners, and the principles of connection and movement that are then important. It only touches briefly on timing and spacing... the authors leave that to other texts (though I hope that at some point they write a text on those things that is just as well done as this is). I highly recommend this product, and think it should be required reading by every Aikidoka at some point. The principles discussed are advanced, but I think everyone can get something out of this book. It is one I will be reading and re-reading over again. Dont be fooled by its small size...it packs a lot of complex info into its few pages.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Center: The Power of Aikido" by akiy - posted: - Rating: ********* 9.33

Last Review Posted by Michael Young - posted: 9:09pm [ Post a Review
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I posted this a while ago on the \"Video Reviews\" section, and thought I\'d repost it here: I was fortunate enough to attend one of George Ledyard Sensei\'s weapons and randori intensives in January of 2004. The intensive consisted of 4 days of concentrated training in Soatome Sensei\'s weapons system, and a study of Ledyard Sensei\'s approach to Randori. Originally I went mostly for the weapons (being fairly new to the ASU I wanted to get some focused instruction on the Kumi-Tachi), but was pleasantly surprised to find how much I got out of the Randori portion of the intensive. The intensive is aptly named...the training is very focused and intense. Ledyard Sensei and his students take a very serious and practical approach to Aikido, being particularly focused on the application of movement, timing, and principles, not just rote repetition of techniques. Stress is placed on the \"why\" a particular movement or principle works within a technique or situation, not just the \"how\". If something doesn’t seem to be working, one is encouraged to experiment and figure out why or why not. This practical approach to Aikido has lead Ledyard Sensei to develop a very systematic method to teaching randori. He very thoroughly covers this approach in “The Principles of Randori Video Manual”. His approach is organized into a set of principles. He labels these principles: working the centers, working the spaces, and working the edges. By studying and using these principles, one can develop a flexible repertoire to draw from in dealing with the dynamic environment of randori. The application of the principles to various changing situations within randori is thoroughly explained in text and demonstrated with video clips. Ledyard Sensei also delves into the fluid and ever changing atmosphere of randori through an explanation of the flow of time; how one must be cognizant of one’s present moment but not fixated upon it, aware of how each movement and chosen technique sets up the next moment in time and interaction with the next “attacker” or uke. Another aspect of Ledyard Sensei’s method deals with the actual techniques chosen for the randori. He demonstrates how these chosen techniques relate to the use of the various principles, and the relationship of the techniques to creating time and space for nage. How to deal with the initial opening of a randori as the attackers begin to “collapse” or “coalesce together” onto nage is demonstrated, and how one can use this to set up a useful opening sequence to start one’s randori when dealing with empty handed attacks. Techniques for dealing with weapon’s randori (i.e. surrounded by three attackers with shinai or bokken) is shown as well. Other aspects demonstrated are the importance of ukemi and uke’s role within the randori, and the different approaches to striking and grabbing randori. If you can’t make one of Ledyard Sensei’s randori intensives, this is the next best thing. His systematic approach and detailed, understandable explanation of randori are well presented in the Video Manual. The format of a PowerPoint presentation is novel and very useful as well. It is very easy to navigate through, and review the various slides and videos. I highly recommend this product to anyone seeking to better their randori practice and/or get a new view on approaches to dealing with multiple attackers. Michael Young BTW, this product is available through Ledyard Sensei\'s Dojo\'s website at www.aikieast.com.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Principles of Randori" by Marc Kupper - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by Michael Young - posted: 8:24pm [ Post a Review
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I was fortunate enough to attend one of George Ledyard Sensei's weapons and randori intensives in January of 2004. The intensive consisted of 4 days of concentrated training in Soatome Sensei's weapons system, and a study of Ledyard Sensei's approach to Randori. Originally I went mostly for the weapons (being fairly new to the ASU I wanted to get some focused instruction on the Kumi-Tachi), but was pleasantly surprised to find how much I got out of the Randori portion of the intensive. The intensive is aptly named...the training is very focused and intense. Ledyard Sensei and his students take a very serious and practical approach to Aikido, being particularly focused on the application of movement, timing, and principles, not just rote repetition of techniques. Stress is placed on the "why" a particular movement or principle works within a technique or situation, not just the "how". If something doesn’t seem to be working, one is encouraged to experiment and figure out why or why not. This practical approach to Aikido has lead Ledyard Sensei to develop a very systematic method to teaching randori. He very thoroughly covers this approach in “The Principles of Randori Video Manual”. His approach is organized into a set of principles. He labels these principles: working the centers, working the spaces, and working the edges. By studying and using these principles, one can develop a flexible repertoire to draw from in dealing with the dynamic environment of randori. The application of the principles to various changing situations within randori is thoroughly explained in text and demonstrated with video clips. Ledyard Sensei also delves into the fluid and ever changing atmosphere of randori through an explanation of the flow of time; how one must be cognizant of one’s present moment but not fixated upon it, aware of how each movement and chosen technique sets up the next moment in time and interaction with the next “attacker” or uke. Another aspect of Ledyard Sensei’s method deals with the actual techniques chosen for the randori. He demonstrates how these chosen techniques relate to the use of the various principles, and the relationship of the techniques to creating time and space for nage. How to deal with the initial opening of a randori as the attackers begin to “collapse” or “coalesce together” onto nage is demonstrated, and how one can use this to set up a useful opening sequence to start one’s randori when dealing with empty handed attacks. Techniques for dealing with weapon’s randori (i.e. surrounded by three attackers with shinai or bokken) is shown as well. Other aspects demonstrated are the importance of ukemi and uke’s role within the randori, and the different approaches to striking and grabbing randori. If you can’t make one of Ledyard Sensei’s randori intensives, this is the next best thing. His systematic approach and detailed, understandable explanation of randori are well presented in the Video Manual. The format of a PowerPoint presentation is novel and very useful as well. It is very easy to navigate through, and review the various slides and videos. I highly recommend this product to anyone seeking to better their randori practice and/or get a new view on approaches to dealing with multiple attackers. Michael Young

Rating: 10
Product Details: ""The Principles of Randori" Video Manual" by Michael Young - posted: - Rating: ********** 10.00

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