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Aikido In Training : A Manual of Traditional Aikido Practice and Principles Hardcover – May, 1993

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Aikido In Training is one of the better books in print on any martial art and certainly in the top 5 books on Aikido. This is more than a how-to textbook, rather it strives for preserving and expanding upon the very spirit of this martial way and in so doing demonstrates the richness of its tradition and culture.

Material on the martial arts is always in high demand and it is refreshing to see such a complete and detailed presentation of a true art form. I highly recommend this volume for any library - public or private. -- John D. Van Sickel, Librarian, Topeka & Shawnee, County Public Library, Kansas, USA

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In-Stock. Ships within 48 hours. This title continues to sell in its original hardcover edition and will continue to appeal to anyone currently interested or becoming interested in Traditional Aikido. Look for the companion Aikido In Training Video Series.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Rain Productions (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963642952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963642950
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard and Kathy Crane are full time professional Aikido Instructors. Both hold the rank of 6th Dan (6th Degree Black Belt) and are the Chief & Resident Instructors of Aikido Agatsu Dojos. Established in 1976, Agatsu Dojos remains dedicated to the proper impartation of Traditional Aikido practice and principles of O'Sensei Ueshiba Morihei. 'Aikido In Training' Series is an extension of that commitment.

The Cranes sincerely hope that the 'Aikido In Training' Book & DVD Series are one more step in the direction of preserving O'Sensei's Art and spreading the joy of rigorous honest endeavor which is at the heart of the Aiki Way.

Their book is an extensive reference of Traditional Aikido practice and principles containing 336 pages and over 1,250 photographs depicting technique in a concise step-by-step manner. The text includes a full chapter on the life of O'Sensei Ueshiba Morihei and the history of the development of Aikido.

Foreword written by Stanley Pranin, noted Aikido Historian and Editor-In-Chief, Aiki News /Aikido Journal recommends this series saying: '...those contemplating the study of Traditional Aikido or who are already students of the "Aiki Way" will find in this Series an invaluable tool for understanding the subtleties of this unique Japanese Martial Art.'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Taylor on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found Aikido In Training to be an excellent training manual and reference book. I think anyone who enjoys learning from a book, should get a copy to refer to often in their practice. I wish there was a softcover available of this title, so that I could throw it in my gi bag. Any serious Aikido student, should have their copy dog-eared in no time. The book contains a concise section on the History of Aikido that moves the reader. The Principles of Training section, as well as the rest of the book, encourages the reader to look deeper and keep looking to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Art. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about Aikido and suggest anyone interested should seek out the companion video series which expands on the extensive material presented in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter White on November 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've owned this book for a few months and have been able to refer to it to supplement my training after class. I particularly found useful the straightforward and detailed information of each technique covered. This book has given me a greater understanding of the many elements contained in Aikido. It is quite helpful to see the basic weapons (sword and staff)covered along with the empty-handed arts. I thought the straightforward, unexaggerated history section offered a welcomed change to the often politically motivated perspectives seen in some other works. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Aikido.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book about a year agon and find myself going back to it on a frequent basis.
One reviewer stated that the pictures were missing steps. Quite frankly, if you want to learn Aikido, go to a dojo (you can't learn ANY martial art from a book anyways).
The practicing student of Aikido will have a wealth of information to draw from. The addition of less frequently seen techniques is worth the price alone.
This is definately one of the top three books I would recommend for anyone interested in Aikido.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred (fotn@netins.net) on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Aikido is probably one of, if not the most sophisticated of all martial arts. It challenges a student both mentally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually for a lifetime. Richard and Kathy Crane, both full time Aikido instructors from New Jersey (and both holding a 5th Dan ranking in Aikido) do a phenomenal job supplying the reader with a wealth of information on Aikido. Empty hand techniques (Taijutsu,) weapons techniques (Buki-waza,) and Aikido principles are all put forth in a clear and concise manner.
This book is not another one of those "Hollywood" type martial arts books that teach you how to beat up everyone on your block. Instead, the Cranes are teaching a true Japanese Budo, or Way, with a great deal of care and insight. The physical techniques of Aikido are tools used to help the student develop and improve themself physically, as well as mentally and spiritually. Aikido Senseis (teachers) like the Cranes are excellent examples of what all martial art instructors should be.
There are other excellent "series" of instructional books on traditional Aikido available, particularly those by Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan,) but this book, Aikido in Training, is the best "one stop" Aikido instruction book you could ever have, period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Like many complex activities in life, Aikido is not something that you are going to learn out a book by itself. Learning Aikido requires a hands-on involvement, but books and videos can be a great supplement to your training. This is where the Cranes' book comes in. I have used the Cranes' book for my own training and have found it to be a thorough and engaging book to help answer or address questions in my training on the mat. I have found the subject matter in the book not easily found in other Aikido books that I have read, and the progression through the book is informative and well laid-out. It is clear that the authors have great dedication to their art, and is passed through their words. I highly recommend this book be added to your Aikido collection, and to use as a great supplement to your training.
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