In Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques, Gozo Shioda, renowned master and teacher in addition to the top student of up to date Aikido’s founder, offers lucid and detailed explanations of the entire most important basic Aikido techniques. He demonstrates how the Basic Exercises that form the core teachings of Aikdo will assist the practitioner develop physical center of attention, and will teach him how to harness that center of attention for wider practical applications.
The book deals primarily with the Basic Throws that one learns in the early stages of Aikido practice and is based on a revised edition of an earlier Japanese textbook that has never before been for sale to the public. This up to date English version includes a wealth of rare photographs of the creator demonstrating the techniques, in addition to a new section on Practical Application. A new Foreword has been written by the creator’s son, Yasuhisa Shioda, in which he discusses the universality of Aikido and its emphasis on defense over attack, which enables any person, without reference to age, to practice it. This is one of Aikido’s most appealing aspects, and it’s the wish of both the creator and his son that readers will find Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques to be an invaluable study guide and source of inspiration.