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Aikido For Kids Paperback – December 31, 1999

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (December 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806994258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806994253
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,171,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Reed on April 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be an excellent resource. I teach aikido to kids and bought a copy to circulate among my students. It introduces the basic aikido concepts, but does not get bogged down with a lot of Japanese terminology, which tends to differ from dojo to dojo and would not be helpful. This book will give students confidence and makes aikido practice seem approachable. The section on testing was very helpful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John on May 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
As an Aikido teacher, I think this book is especially helpful for children and parents considering whether Aikido is right for them. Rather than being a book for Aikido teachers, "Aikido for Kids" is an excellent resource for children and parents interested in Aikido. My favorite aspects of the book are the diversity of the children models (age, rank, ethnicity, ability and gender with students training with people different from themselves) and the emphasis on how Aikido is useful in daily life (making friends and respecting parents is described as Aikido). The physical aspects of Aikido are presented in a clear and inviting way and includes everything that is part of a typical Aikido class from warm-ups to testing (I particularly like the segment on rolling). The section for parents on finding an Aikido class for their child contains wise and practical advice. I can think of no better resource for children and parents seeking an introdution to Aikido.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter on November 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the things that a younger child wants to know who is getting interested in Aikido and martial arts. The plentiful pictures both show the various stances and are motivating to the child who may think that he'll never be able to "get it." It is an excellent introductory book to the subject of "Aikido for kids."
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was hoping to have this book be a resource for my youngsters as they fall into the 9-12 age range and have advanced several belts in Aikido. We all agreed the photography was a bit flat and univiting. Our dojo uses the Japanese termnology and the lack of it bothered them - as well as they are used to mixed classes of children and adults. This book is good at giving a very basic understanding of the differnces between Aikido and other martial arts and it is suitable to be read to very young children (4-6)who may be curious before they visit a dojo. As a study aid for older children it falls quite short.
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