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complete aikido

Complete Aikido

Aikido Kyohan: The Definitive Guide to the Way of Harmony

Roy Y. Suenaka Sensei's widely acclaimed best-selling book

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Complete Aikido is a rare find: both a fascinating memoir of a remarkable martial education, and a clear and lucid technical guide for the inquisitive student. The rich biographical section overflows with candid, first-hand accounts of seminal events and players in aikido's post-war evolution, including Koichi Tohei Sensei and aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei. Included as well are stories of Suenaka Sensei's studies with other celebrated contemporary budoka, including judo's Kazuo Ito and famed Matsumura Seito Karate Grandmaster Hohan Soken. The technical section is packed with hundreds of detailed photos of essential aikido techniques, including discussion of common mistakes. Whatever your level of martial arts experience, Complete Aikido is an illuminating, entertaining and fascinating read!

Notable reviews for Complete Aikido:

“It is distinguished by an outstanding autobiographical section. … While recounting his long career in martial arts, [Suenaka] devotes long, fascinating passages to founder Morihei Ueshiba, the early years of aikido in Hawaii, Koichi Tohei, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the separation of Tohei from the Aikikai, and the early years of the Ki Society. … The frank portrayals of the key players in the early history of aikido make riveting reading. … Suenaka is remarkably objective in trying to represent the views of all of the parties… In short, this book will be a must read for those interested in the postwar development of aikido and the techniques and principles of ki.”
-Stanley Pranin, Editor Aikido Journal

“Suenaka's emphasis is on effective technique… Clearly Suenaka believes aikido to be effective as a self-defense art. The first half of the book complements this assertion through many real-life examples of street self-defense and dojo confrontations. The dojo episodes are significant since Suenaka was the first successfully to introduce aikido to Okinawa. Confrontations and challenge were inevitable and his success is testimony to both Suenaka's and aikido's technical prowess – something his background in judo, boxing and karate assuredly helped to hone.”
-Christopher Caile, Editor FightingArts.com

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