Title: Aikido Weapons Techniques: The Wooden Sword, Sick and Knife of Aikido
Author: Phong Thong Dang and Lynn Seiser
Published: 7/11/2017 (originally 2006)
Cover Price: $12.95
Take Away: This is the perfect book to introduce the integration of aikido and the weapons practiced along with aikido. It should be on every aikidoka's shelf.
Back to my wheelhouse: aikido. I've read the other books by these authors, and have loved them. Somehow, though, I missed this one. I was excited by the chance to get a copy of this book. So excited that i read it in 1 day.
ContentThis book is beautifully layed out in its simplicity. There is an introductory section which describes aikido, aikido training, and the concept of weapons use in aikido. Which at first may seem contradictory. Aikido is supposed to be this "peaceful, non-violent" martial art, yet a weapon's sole purpose is to hurt people right? The authors do a great job of showing how those conflicting philosophies can be blended to create a unique set of practices with weapons.
After the introduction, each of the three weapons associated with aikido is given its own section. The wooden sword (bokken) is first, followed by the jo (4ft. staff) and finally the tanto (Japanese knife). Each section gives you a beginners look at the weapons including its history, how to hold it, and then delves into the basic practice techniques.