Aikido Techniques & Tactics

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Human Kinetics, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 183 pages
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Aikido is a modern martial art with a strong spiritual side, but its roots go back to the ancient combat systems of feudal Japan. Characterized by joint locks and circular movements, the emphasis is on redirecting an attack and taking advantage of the opponent`s physical weaknesses.The benefits of studying aikido are many and can be different for each student. Some practice aikido to attain a spiritual balance. Others find that the practice of aikido develops confidence and discipline. Still others may focus entirely on the physical benefits-increased stamina, strength, flexibility, and self-defense skills.>Aikido Techniques & Tactics> will help students, regardless of their system or background, to learn and use aikido techniques more effectively in real self-defense situations. Each technique is carefully described with illustrations and sequential photos. The tactical tips and specific instructions for practice will help readers to master these techniques, not just as exercises, but as effective tools for self-defense.

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This book is very different from most others in the "Techniques and Tactics" series. Most of the others provide an overview of the mainstream basics of their respective arts. Bennett, on the other hand, is anything but mainstream. He is a product of Yoseikan aikido, which differs visibly from mainstream Aikikai. What's more, his credentials as a master come from Tejutsu, the style he himself founded, which has strong jujutsu influences and an unusually high focus on practical self-defense.
Bennett has some very sound and insightful advice for using aikido techniques in real self-defense situations. He wisely points out the dangers of presuming that dojo aikido and self-defense are the same thing. He devotes an entire chapter to non-aikido exercise, something which many aikido instructors neglect. All in all, this could be a useful book for someone already firmly rooted in aikido; an experienced aikidoist might find Bennett's methods valuable for making his aikido more effective for self-defense.
But this book is definitely not for the aikido beginner. Most of Bennett's teachings (even basic techniques and stances) differ significantly from what the average aikidoist will learn in his dojo; a beginner who tries to mix what he learns from Bennett with what he is learning in the dojo will only be confused.
 

About the author (1998)

Gary Bennett is president of xcelMe.com. xcelMe teaches iPhone/iPad programming courses online. Gary has taught hundreds of students how to develop iPhone/iPad apps, and has several very popular apps on the iTunes App Store. Gary's students have some of the best-selling apps on the iTunes App Store. Gary also worked for 25 years in the technology and defense industries. He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer aboard two nuclear submarines. After leaving the Navy, Gary worked for several companies as a software developer, chief information officer, and resident. As CIO, he helped take VistaCare public in 2002. Gary also co-authored emiPhone Cool Projects/em for Apress. Gary lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Stefanie, and their four children.

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