Comprehensive Self-Defence

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This is not strictly an Aikido book, but does have an Aikido component, along with Judo and Karate, and much information common to most Japanese arts, and known to aikidoka. It is a presentation of the practical aspects of these arts, and their use in real-world self-defense situations. First published in the UK in 1967, and later released in the US (1975) by Emerson Books.

  • Publisher: Emerson Books
  • Publication Year: 1967, 1975
  • ISBN-10:  None
  • ISBN-13:  None
  • ASIN:  B0007ECDV8
  • Pages: 175
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover

One thought on “Comprehensive Self-Defence”

  1. I recently acquired the 1967 edition of this book. To me, it appears that Aikido component predominates, even though the author’s words when talking about the book seems to present it otherwise. I wonder if this is because Aikido was still relatively unknown at the time, in comparison to Judo and Karatedo. It is definitely far from a ‘pure’ Aikido book, but it is a strong and prominent element; in the end, it is a self-defense course built upon a framework with a very strong, but not exclusive, Aikido basis. The system taught is probably outside the Founder’s definitive moral and ethical pale, and strictly speaking, as a self-defense system, it probably ought to be classified as ‘jutsu’ rather than ‘do/michi’. In the end, in the current (2014) parlance, it could also be accounted a “Mixed Martial Art” which includes a major Aikido component.

    A significant thing in the book is that the author takes for granted a number of the historical details that Aikido Journal has long been at pains to establish and uphold, such as the primary root being Daito-ryu, and the particular influences of Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Koichi Tohei in adapting Aikido instruction for the post-WWII general public.

    I would give it a good recommendation as a research and reference book for most Aikidoka. As a practical guide, it would primarily be useful for advanced students, or those engaged in the possibly controversial areas of self-defense applications or current MMA variations of Aikido.

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