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Crane, Richard; Crane, Kathy -- Aikido in Training
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Description: A full-size, hardbound, extensive reference containing 336 pages with over 1250 photographs depicting techniques in a concise step-by-step manner. Along with covering Tai-Jutsu (body arts) of Aikido, Aikido In Training gives ample coverage to the overlooked and often misunderstood aspect of Buki Waza (Aiki weapons). Included are full chapters on both the life of O'Sensei Ueshiba Morihei and the history of the development of Aikido as well as the Principles of Training found in the practice of Traditional Aikido.
Keywords: Crane Training
ISBN: 0963642952

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Registered: April 2001
Posts: 1320
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 


Author: Tony Peters
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This was a book I spent a lot of time reviewing when I was preparing for my Blackbelt test. Well written and exceptional photos (though a bit flat but I'm a photographer and like Contrast) that show good progression of each technique. The Style seems to be very Iwama influenced though nothing is said outright in my copy. It reads more like a technique manual or catalogue than an instruction manual. I enjoyed it and found great use with it at the time.
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Registered: April 2004
Posts: 16
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: The art of Aikido it teachings and phlisophy are well discussed
Cons: The pictures does not provide enough details depth and perspective.

I have divided my comments to be more specific and very fair to the authors

1. The books General Presentation

It took me sometime to figure out the footworks and position of both Uke and Nage by just judging the pictures alone. It would had been helpful if the authors had included some sort of perspective about their initial position to the last position of uke and nage.

The techniques shown and demonstrated in the book does not follow a certain format in presentating the technique (e.g. Shomenuchi attack - Ikkyo to Gokkyo). Presentation of ikkyo is different than that of the Nikkyo. If you want compare between techniques you maybe disappointed.

2. As a reference

A beginner will have a hard time following this book. Since the books lack details in its presentations.
The book however is a good reference if one has been training aikido for some length of time.It has a comprehensive discussion of aikido waza. Suwariwaza-Taijutsu and Bukiwaza

3. Techniques

The techniques is somewhat IWAMA influenced at first look. Closer examination however shows differences from Iwama. Its seems like a combinations of waza rather than being specific on one style only.

4. Teachings of Aikido (Philosophy)

Nicely written and good for reference if one has to look on the other side of Aikido.

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