Get your aikido training off to a great start—from basic footwork and throws to training and demonstrations—this martial arts guide is a perfect introduction to aikido for beginners.
Are you ready to learn aikido, but don't know where to begin? Are you intimidated by the unfamiliar terms or the powerful aikido techniques? With Aikido Basics you'll become an expert in this Japanese martial art in no time!
Whether you are considering taking up this martial art, or you've already started, this Aikido book offers an easy, yet comprehensive introduction to everything you need to know to feel confident and be successful.
You'll learn about:
The origins of aikido—philosophy, history and different styles
What really happens in an aikido class—invaluable tips on choosing the right school, getting ready for your first class, and basic training methods
The essential elements—stances, strikes, grabs, throws, and pins
How to complement your aikido training—ki exercises, multiple-person training, and freestyle exercises
Effective ways to succeed in aikido—create a training program, test for belt promotion, and participate in competitions and tournaments
Resources—help further develop your aikido training
About the Author: Phong Thong Dang holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido, a sixth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a fifth degree black belt in Judo, and an eighth degree black belt in Vietnamese Shaolin Kung Fu. The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame inducted Phong twice: once for his expertise in Aikido and again for his lifelong dedication to the martial arts. He has been featured in Karate Illustrated, Aikido Journal, Aikido Today magazine, Martial Arts and Combat Sports, and Black Belt. He has been in the martial arts for over fifty years and currently teaches in southern California.
Lynn Seiser is an internationally respected psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer. Seiser has over three decades of martial arts training and experience. He currently holds the rank of Sandan (third degree black belt) in Tenshinkai Aikido under Sensei Dang Thong Phong.