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Total Aikido, The Master Course, by Gozo Shioda

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Total Aikido, The Master Course, by Gozo Shioda
By rationalist "rational one" (Shreveport, LA, USA), May 13, 2003
     A yoshinkan treasure. Like most americans, I practice Tohei's ki society. So the book doesn't match [what I experience in] class, but it's great to see the hard fighting aikido, and understand how the softer Shin Shin style is the same idea, really. I find this book is great and deepens my ki aikido practice. I don't actually practice these movements with a partner, as I fear that would confuse my muscle memory for class. This book also shows fine points of the controls lacking in other books, and for this it is valuable and immediately useful in any class. A great effort, makes me want to learn more about shioda.

By Tyrone Turner Arverne, NY, United States), March 11, 2002
     The best Aikido book out there! This is a great overview of Aikido. It explains the principles of aiki without getting into too much philosophy. The author mentions that Aikido is 70% striking ("atemi") which is very different from what you'll hear from most Aikidoka. Most Aikidoka that I come into contact with seem to forget that Aikido is a martial art and not a dance. The best set-up for an Aiki technique is to first belt your opponent.
     The basic techniques (which is all you'll really ever need for self-defense) are explained in detail and demonstrated with clear black-n-white photos.
      If you're already a martial artist, these techniques will be a great supplement to your existing arsenal.

By "mkultra18" (San Antonio, Texas, USA), July 5, 2001
     Good book!!! For anyone looking for a book teaching the basics of Aikido to the advanced techniques... Get this book. I promise you will not regret it!!! Gozo Shioda did a wonderful job of illustrating this book so that everyone can easily understand the difficult steps to each technique. As a practitioner of the martial arts for about 10 years I can honestly say this is one of the best I have ever read!!! This book will help you every step of the way!!

ISBN: 4-7700-2058-9

Reading Suggestions from the Shuyokan Martial Arts Center - Costa Mesa, CA USA
Aikido for Kids, by Laura Santoro & Jennifer Corso

Aikido for Kids, by Laura Santoro & Jennifer CorsoFrom the web site:

An excellent book for the younger child starting Aikido

Reviewer: Peter from Ohio November 5, 1999
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."

ISBN: 0-8069-9405-3

Reading Suggestions from the Shuyokan Martial Arts Center - Costa Mesa, CA USA
Children and the Martial Arts, by Gaku Homma

Children and the Martial Arts, by Gaku Homma
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By CDD: Wish this was reprinted, June 5, 2009
Gaku Homma and his work on aikido and budo in general is a treasure, and this book is no exception. There is so much in this book for any person interested in Aikido, Japanese culture, or education. Homma-sensei uses personal history, principles, and experience to share so much of what aikido has to offer in modern times. I truly wish this book would be reprinted, and that Homma-sensei had an opportunity to finish this Structure of Aikido series of textbooks. Bottom line, if you are a teacher of any subject or a parent, regardless of whether or not you are interested in the martial arts, this book is a must read.

By Mark Thisdoun (Bend,OR): Very Helpful, September 7, 2005
There are not alot of books out there about teaching the Martial Arts to children especially for Aikido so I really appreciated the point of view from Gaku Homma. The books was insightful in some of the ways you must deal with parents and also his training practices.

ISBN: 1-5564-3139-2

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Dynamic Aikido, by Gozo Shioda

Dynamic Aikido, by Gozo ShiodaFrom the web site:

By R. Ho (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), September 18, 2006
Breaking down the art. I own several Aikido instructional and philosophical books and this one, I found, is the most helpful. It breaks down the fundamentals of the art with descriptive pictures and commentary. I thoroughly recommend this book to beginners and advanced Aikidoka.

By A Customer, April 9, 2003
I bought this book when I was training in the Aikikai style of Aikido, and it didn't make sense. Everything was quite different from what I have been taught. Now I train in the Yoshinkan style of Aikido (which is much more structured and logical, in my opinion), and I rediscovered this book, which now makes perfect sense. I think the book should state more clearly that it is relevant only for one particular style of Aikido, otherwise it's misleading. The book is good as a reference and, accordingly, is very technical. If you are interested in reading more about the principles of Aikido or about its philosophy, then this book is not for you!

By "aikitech", August 13, 2001
This is a great reference book for all Aikidoka, especially for those who practice Aikido for self defence needs. This book provides a basic look at the Yoshinkan style of Aikido, the style taught to the Tokyo police for self defence. It includes detailed pictures and explanations of all the basic techniques and includes an area at the end that illustrates the effectiveness of these Aikido techniques in typical scenarios that require self defence. As an instructor, it provided me with a great basis from which to develop other Aikido techniques into more practical self defence forms.

ISBN: 0-8701-1301-1

Reading Suggestions from the Shuyokan Martial Arts Center - Costa Mesa, CA USA
A Beginner's Guide to Aikido by Larry Reynosa and Joseph Billingiere

A Beginner's Guide to Aikido by Larry Reynosa and Joseph BillingiereFrom the web site: from Arizona, August 4, 1998
Excellent, encourages beginners. I loved this book because it was so encouraging and I could not believe that I was reading an interview with Steven Seagal, my hero. He pointed out that one should empty oneself like a cup and be humble in the dojo. I am taking Aikido and this is what I have tried to do.

Garry E. Howard from Brazil, Indiana, July 25, 1998
I found this book to be a must for all beginning aikidoka. I found A Beginner's Guide to Aikido to be most informative. It covers everything that a beginning aikido student needs to know. It is easy reading and has excellent information for future reference. I particularly enjoyed the comments by Aikido Masters Steven Seagal, Mitsunari Kanai and Mitsugi Saotome respectively. This text is recommended for my students' study.

ISBN: 0-9625-2690-8


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