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Amazon Positive Aikido Book Reviews


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Look at Aikido...,, June 6, 2005
By Al (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Positive Aikido: A True Story of Traditional Teachings (Paperback)
Positive Aikido gives you a look at the early history of Aikido in the UK. A history seen from two early students of Kenshiro Abbe, the Budo Sensei who introduced Aikido to the United Kingdom. I found the writing insightful, straightforward and free of any spiritual balderdash that inhabit too many Aikido books today. The style of Aikido these early students practiced was incredibly effective and positive with the training at times being poignant. I recommend this book for any Aikido student or martial artist regardless of rank.

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By Jody Trammell (Roswell, NM, US) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Positive Aikido: A True Story of Traditional Teachings (Paperback)
This is a well written piece that gives enough explanation, and a good historical background of the school. Great Job.

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By H. Roder "Msc of life- martial arts and acupu... (holland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Positive Aikido: A True Story of Traditional Teachings (Paperback)
this is really a very good direct way to talk about aikido
its no nonsense stuff and to the point
i like it very much and tell you one off the best books about aikido you can buy

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5.0 out of 5 stars
Visit the past to know the new, 25 Jan 2006

By Mr. Nigel Jones (Pontypool. South Wales (UK)) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Positive Aikido: A True Story of Traditional Teachings (Paperback)
Aikido in the United Kingdom has a very colourful past. Positive Aikido is the first publication to move to the forefront and give an insight to the humble beginnings for what we see today. Although most people in the UK know that Kenshiro Abbe Sensei arrived in 1955, most other facts are normally passed on verbally. This book is the first to preserve the facts and events.
Positive Aikido took the authors nearly 15 years to finally get on the bookshelf. The idea initially was to produce literature to give to new students who were interested in practicing Aikido. As the amount of information began to increase, the idea of collating a book was conceived. This book is littered with old historic pictures and first hand experience of what the Aikido practitioners had to go through in the early years. It is wise to point out; this is no ordinary Aikido publication. Abbe Sensei learned Aikido from O'Sensei during the transition stage from pre to post war. This is the style of Aikido introduced to the UK. Sensei Ellis, who is one of the co-authors of this book, still practises the true way of Aikido. This is reflected in the books contents.

This book in my opinion is unique in the way the content is portrayed. The subject matter is offered in a simple and straightforward way. If the reader is looking for a more spiritual or deeper meaning of Aikido, this will not be found in this edition. Sensei Rogers is pictured in the middle section, on a majority of the Aikido technical section. Contributions from Sensei's Ellis and Eastman's vast Aikido careers fill the book with interesting accounts of events, visiting Japanese Sensei, and the early attempts to spread Aikido to the British public. A must read for anyone who is interested in Aikido history, and early development of British Aikido.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Aikido Book, 15 Jun 2005

By Mr. M. Brown
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Positive Aikido: A True Story of Traditional Teachings (Paperback)
As a beginner starting out in Aikido I bought quite a few aikido books that were mostly filled with photo's of techniques rather than what I wanted which was a description of someone's experiences of aikido. This book provides both descriptions of technique and more importantly to me the accounts of 2 aikidoka who have both been practising for 40+ years and who studied under one of O'Sensei's most famous students, the legendary Kenshiro Abbe. If you want a book which will give you a taste of what it is like to study aikido for a lifetime and encourage you to do the same I would recommend this book to you. This book will be of particular interest to anyone interested in the history of British aikido as Kenshiro Abbe was the first person to teach aikido in the UK. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
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