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Hiden Magazine April 2014 Gaijin Doing Budo In Japan
Hiden Magazine April 2014 Gaijin Doing Budo In Japan
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This special edition of HIDEN Magazine features articles and photos about non-Japanese studying budo in Japan, as well as interviews with several notable non-Japanese who have achieved the level of teachers in various styles. People featured include Kent Sorenson of Toda-Ha Buko Ryu, Richard William Heselton of the Nihon Karatedo Kyokai, Markus Fischer of Meifu Shinkage Ryu and Aikikai Aikido, There is an interview with Micheal Reinhardt of Katori Shinto Ryu, Lance Gatling of Kodokan Judo and Nihonden Jujutsu, Sandro Furzi of Tennen Rishin Ryu and Kodokan Judo, There is a wonderful article looking at the life and achievements of Donn Draeger, In addition there are many other articles about budo in Japan.

Large format magazine. 141 pages. Japanese language.
Doing Aikido by Alan Drysdale
Doing Aikido by Alan Drysdale
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Doing Aikido is the first aikido book written expressly for intermediate level students. While there are dozens of books on Aikido written for beginners, Alan Drysdale has written an excellent book for students who are past the stage of "right foot goes here" and need something with more depth and insight into the principles behind the techniques. Once you know what the techniques are, Doing Aikido's goal is to help you develop the aikido within the technique. Great for students who can see shodan in their future.
Musings Of A Budo Bum   SIGNED COPY
Musings Of A Budo Bum SIGNED COPY
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"The techniques are really a vessel for carrying all the things that are budo..." Most books about martial arts (budo) focus on techniques, although some tell the history, and a few wax philosophical. It is rare indeed to discover a book that so fluently combines all this within the broader context of culture and lifestyle, and does so in such a humble, engaging, and accessible way. "Budo Bum Anthology" is a book that answers not so much "how" or "what" as it does "why?" Why call budo teachers "sensei"? Why do we bow? Why kata? Why keep training? Peter Boylan, aka the Budo Bum, has achieved high rank in several martial arts — judo, iaido, jodo, and more—spending decades immersed within budo, straddling the worlds and cultures of Japan and America, and translating between them. In these essays, the reader is invited to walk alongside a quiet man who thinks deeply about the worlds in which budo was created and is practiced, and who brings the meaning of "all the things that are budo" into our daily lives.

Getting Started
Do you have to study in Japan to understand budo?
Etiquette: Form and sincerity in budo
Sensei, Kyoshi, Hanshi, and Shihan: budo titles and how (not) to use them
Different ranks in martial arts?
Do versus Jutsu
What kata isn’t
Trust in the dojo
Training, motivation, and counting training time in decades instead of years
The most effective martial art
The dojo as the world: learning to deal with violence and power
Budo and responsibility
Investing in failure
The spirit of learning
Training hard and training well are not the same thing
When it comes to training, fast is slow and slow is fast
Getting out of the comfort zone
There are no advanced techniques
The most essential principles in budo: Structure
The most essential principles in budo: Spacing
The most essential principles in budo: Timing
The only things I teach are how to walk and how to breathe
Budo expectations and realities: understanding the limits of what we study
Will budo training make me a better person?
Budo as a “professional skill” and professionalism in budo
Budo training and budo philosophy
How to adapt an art form to fit you
Is kata too rigid and mechanical?

166 Pages. Softcover. English Language.

Women And Asian Martial Traditions
Women And Asian Martial Traditions
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This anthology is filled with content specifically selected for readers who have a strong interest in women’s participation in the Asian martial traditions. In addition to combative theory and practice, topics include aspects of theatrical performance, music, dance, gender studies, and insights for embodying philosophical elements into daily life. The twelve chapters that were written by noted authorities will certainly educate and inspire. These focus on the martial traditions of Japan, China, India, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Aikido Exercises For Teaching And Training
Aikido Exercises For Teaching And Training
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Exercises, tools, and toys for illustrating and honing basic Aikido skills from rolling to specific techniques, with extensive cross-referencing to other writers, other styles, other resources. Page references are provided to standard Aikido textbooks.

Our Dynamic Sphere translation table translates the notoriously unwieldy numbering system of the otherwise excellent Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere (used by Aikikai and Ki Society styles) into more common dojo terms complete with page references. For example, in real life, "Immobilization #2 against Attack #1" is better known as Katate-tori nikyo. Find this throw on page 180 of Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere or get details on nikyo itself on pages 174-177. You will also be referred to pages 96-97 of Total Aikido (used by Yoshinkan styles).

Aikido Exercises begins with a collection of common beginners' questions, general directions on class etiquette, explanations of hitori waza / aiki taiso / exercises) and their application to individual techniques, with useful tools for learning and understanding the Japanese terms.

A Brief Ki Class reviews the physics and psychology behind the mystifying ki exercises -- and Aikido techniques. Includes excerpts from Ki in Aikido.

Rolling, Falling, and Flying provides a different slant on Real Self-Defense, and suggestions for safe and effective teaching and leaning of rolling skills. Many readers have commented on this section, especially The Physics of Ukemi by forensic pathologist Wendy Gunther. In Dr. Gunther's world, the intersecting effects of time, force, and affected surface area on bodies are known as "wounding energy."

"I've been looking for that information for 20 years," said one reader. And a writer working on a Hapkido manual wrote to ask permission to reproduce it in its entirety. "I tried to rephrase it," he said, "but could not. [Her essay] is simply the best explanation on the planet of the physics of ukemi."

Resources includes an annotated bibliography of suggested books and films, suppliers, and organizations. For the studies that everyone knows about but can't find (such as the anatomy of wristlocks or Bad Guys sizing up potential victims in 7 seconds by their walk) you may find it here.

Off the Mat in Real Life features a section on verbal self-defense by Dr. Suzette Elgin. Trouble with the boss at work? You know very well that the answer is not a round-house kick or face plant. The late Dr. Elgin, a professor of linguistics and master of verbal self-defense, provides real tools for real self-defense in Real Life.

Glossary of Japanese Terms includes derivations and etymology of words by Japanese Aikidoist Chizuko Suzuki. Chizuko is the lovely lady on the first edition cover (the blue book) and thanks to her, this is not just another derivative copy of a copy of a copy of an old dojo handout.

Ki In Aikido
Ki In Aikido
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Ki, the force behind the Japanese martial art of Aikido is a strange concept to many westerners. Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, founded by Koichi Tohei in 1974 emphasizes the coordination of mind and body to produce inner strength and stability. Although it is impossible to test the mind directly, state of mind can be revealed through the body by way of ki testing, which serves as a highly sensitive biofeedback tool. This book presents step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations of ki exercises and testing techniques.
225 pages. English language.
Alan Drysdale book set
Alan Drysdale book set
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Get both of Alan Drysdale's excellent books together for 10% off the cover price, just $31.50.  Alan Drysdale is a gifted aikdio teacher who created these two books because found many books for beginners, but none for intermediate students who need more than just a physical description of the movement involved in the technique.  These books do a wonderful job of filling this niche.  Great for anyone who knows how the technique goes, but wants to smooth out their motions and make the techniques flow.
Okamoto Seigo: Aiki Decided In An Instant Daito Ryu
Okamoto Seigo: Aiki Decided In An Instant Daito Ryu
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Seigo Okamoto Sensei was the founder of the Daito Ryu Roppokai. A student of Horikawa Kodo Sensei, he among the finest practitioners of Daito Ryu. This book collects detailed photographs of techniques with interviews and explanations from magazine articles and interviews done by Okamoto Sensei.

Table of Contents
Section 1
4 Seigo Okamoto's Techniques - Basics to Applications
10 Aikiage Sage
12 Ryote Mae Otoshi
14 Ryote Mune Tsukami
16 Kashiwa Te Kote Gaeshi
20 Aiki Seme
22 Soto Te Tsukami Koshi Seme
24 Tegatana Nage
26 Ryote Gamen Uchi
28 Morote Dori Nage
30 Aiki Koshi Nage
32 Kata Aiki Zenpo Nage
34 Ushiro Ryote Zenpo Nage
36 Two Man Morte Zenpo Otoshi
38 Bo - Aiki Zenpo Nage
40 Aiki Kata Ashi Nage
42 Aiki Principles Done Wth Bo
44 Touch Aiki Principles

Section 2
48 Technical Principles

Section 3
60 Aiki At The First Touch

Section 4
74 Footprints
History of Okamoto Sensei

Section 5
86 Interview with Okamoto Sensei's Students

Section 6
94 Techniques Seen Through High Speed Camera
97 Two Circle Movement
99 Straight Down Kuzushi Through Aiki Sage
100 Kashiwa Te Kote Gaeshi
104 Touch Aiki - Kiri Sage
105 Touch Aiki - Nade Age
110 Ushiro Dori

Section 7
136 Okamoto Sensei and Great Budoka

Section 8
158 Return to Aikiage From Circle to Point

Section 9
172 Interview with Okamoto Sensei

186 Pages. Soft cover. Japanese Language
Motobu Choki And Ryukyu Karate
Motobu Choki And Ryukyu Karate
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Motobu Choki is one of the near-legendary figures of early modern karate.  His influence is felt in all branches of karate.  This book presents a detailed look at Motobu Choki and his contributions to Ryukyu Karate.  Loaded with pictures, including detailed photos of him demonstrating important kata and bunkai.  Also included are informative discussions of the various forms of karate, including Shuri Te, Naha Te, and Tomari Te.  With dozens of photos and piles of great historical information, this book is a must for any serious karateka.

Softcover. 191 Pages.  Japanese language.
Hojo Daizen:  Encyclopedia of Police Tying and Binding
Hojo Daizen: Encyclopedia of Police Tying and Binding
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The use of ropes for tying and binding prisoners was highly developed in Tokugawa Japan.  This exceptional book details dozens of techniques for binding someone in a variety of ways to bind in every way from just the hands to complete immobilization. Each particular binding technique is detailed with carefully photographed, step-by-step pictures.  The author, Mizukoshi Hiro has spent years researching binding techniques from various martial schools throughout Japan, and presents the results of his research here.

Softcover. 190 pages. Japanese Language.