A Beginner’s Guide to Aikido is a heartfelt effort to provide answers to the many questions both asked and unasked, that are common to the beginning Aikido student. The early days of Aikido training can also be an overwhelming experience for the body, mind and spirit, full of excitement and confusion. At a time when it sort of feels that your whole attention will have to be focused at the physical aspects of Aikido, you end up surrounded by unusual customs, language and even stranger discussions. What are they talking about? Who’s that? A What? These are some questions common to beginners. After years of observing the pointless confusion resulting from many questions, of seeing good people leave Aikido in frustration, the authors determined to do something positive about these problems. This book is the result.