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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction (Tuttle Martial Arts) Kindle Edition
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"…an outstanding introduction to the art of Aikido. Anyone starting out in aikido would do well to buy this book, read the beginning chapters of it and then review it from time to time. Great book!" —AikidoJournal.com
"It has been a most useful reference for me over the years, and I'd highly encourage any adult to make it a part of your personal Aikido library." —Teresa Mastison Sensei, Aikido of Phoenix
"…one of the best books on Aikido on the market. Not only for the beginner but for the advanced practitioner. It's well respected by most people in Aikido. If you're looking for a good, in-depth book, this is the one you'll want." —RyukyuBooks.com
"…this is a fine addition to any library. […]the book definitely is worth owning." —BestJudo.com --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Publication Date : October 16, 2012
- File Size : 24164 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 394 pages
- Publisher : Tuttle Publishing; Original ed. Edition (October 16, 2012)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B009SC9LGA
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #221,965 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Westbrook and Ratti, the book's authors have done a tremendous job in compiling diagrams of Aikido technique, movement, exercise and principles. It is an illustrative guide that touches on nearly every aspect of physical Aikido training and attempts to quantify the mental - spiritual aspects that set Aikido apart in the martial arts. This is voluminous work that is nearly 400 pages long in print. When viewed in eBook format it's extremely big. The drawings are all original and illustrative of the author's understanding of Aikido. It's plain that this work was painstakingly created with great care and diligence.
There is a brief historic summary of the Japanese martial arts to give a reader some sense of grounded history. The requisite details of proper etiquette, clothing, standard grading and a discussion of "energy" principles are given. This book while prepared in the 1960's, still sets the "standard" for all books on Aikido technique.
Where the author's work fall short is in trying to quantify Aikido movement into charts, diagrams, flow charts, mathematical formula and physics. While the later certainly is a key element to initially learning techniques, to truly learn and understand the power of Aikido it must be felt. Like Life itself - Aikido is an experience.
On the plus side, Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere represent the most thorough catalog of movement and techniques available anywhere. It is important to keep in mind that names of practices and techniques have been modified within Aikido sub-style since this book's first publication. Subsequent update revisions have not caught these differences.
The information presented in this book can be confusing for beginning students. Advanced students will find that the information in this book can provide much insight and detail into the physics of Aikido technique.
Again, a main feature of the book, as contrasted with most others on Aikido, is that it makes deep analyses of the various aspects of the art, from ethics and theoretical underpinnings to the techniques that are practiced in training, and even touching on the highest levels, though it is by nature an introductory book.
Practitioners of other martial arts may find valuable concepts here as well; not to mention simply gaining insights into the art that are not usually perceptible merely from watching a demonstration.
Top reviews from other countries
I have owned a copy of this book for over 20 years. This is the bible for the basics of Aikido and has beautiful illustrations with a well written explanation each time.
This book is one of the best martial arts instructional guides I have ever read
I have a 2nd Dan in Judo so have seen lots of good and bad books of this kind
I have only just taken up Aikido and this has helped me remember and analyse the stuff in the dojo
AND NOT TOO MUCH OF THE YING-YANG-ZEN STUFF, WHICH IS ONLY GOOD IF YOU WANT TO SLEEP