“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
“…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
“If you are a student of Aikido, this book should definitely be in your library. If you’re not a student of Aikido, this book can still be a useful way to familiarize yourself with the art on a theoretical level. It’s also an interesting resource for anyone who wants to do some serious thinking about their martial art. Anyone who has ambitions to write a book on their own martial art should read this one; this is how an art should be presented.” —Examiner.com
“…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
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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction provides a complete foundation in the practice of one of the most distinctive and useful Japanese martial arts. Aikido was created in Japan in the 1920’s by Morihei Ueshiba, also known as Osensei. To possess the skills, techniques and attitude of the faithful practitioner of aikido, one must achieve a very high level of integration of the powers of mind and body, the harmonious combination of physical means and ethical motives. By controlling body position and learning how to harmonize important physical and mental abilities, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art.Written and illustrated by husband/wife team, Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere, with over 1,200 illustrations, includes many Aikido techniques in chapters such as: What is Aikido?The Foundations of AikidoThe Practice of AikidoThe Basic Techniques of NeutralizationAdvanced PracticeAnd more!