- Series: Tuttle Martial Arts
- Paperback: 375 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Original ed. edition (July 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780804832847
- ISBN-13: 978-0804832847
- ASIN: 0804832846
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 174 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction (Tuttle Martial Arts) Paperback – July 1, 2001
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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.