Dynamic Aikido

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Kodansha International, 1977 - Sports & Recreation - 160 pages
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Aikido-a martial art deriving its effectiveness, like judo and karate, from the flow of ki

-- techniques that, when thoroughly mastered, enable the gentle to overcome the strong

-- exercise and sport for men and women of all ages, based on natural movements and harmony of mind and body

Ancient theory, modern practice: Dynamic Aikido brings together the whole spectrum of theoretical and applied aikido. Through it, one can become perfectly attuned to one's opponent, can sense his intentions and turn his movements to one's own advantage. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, Dynamic Aikido presents the basic postures and stances, fundamental techniques and applications: how to cope with a frontal attack, how to avoid an attack from the rear, how to sense and thwart the pickpocket. An essential companion for every beginner, a vital reference for students of all levels.

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Yoshinkan aikido is one of the most effective forms of aikido with the shortest learning curve. Still some of the knee-bend stances leave it wide open for a kick to dislocate or break the knee ... Read full review

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Gozo Shioda was a student of Morihei Ueshiba and as the case with many of them, his techniques are much harder than the softer versions of aikido that are so popular now. Each technique is shown as a series of pictures with Gozo Shioda as the tore in most.

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GOZO SHIODA, born in Tokyo in 1915, became the outstanding student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of modern aikido. Holder of the ninth rank black belt, he founded the Yoshinkan school of aikido, of which he is chief instructor. He is also chief instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the Air Self defense Force, the Japanese National Railways, Sophia University, Meiji Gakuin University and Takushoku University, his alma mater.

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