Solo Forms is designed to give the student and enthusiast an opportunity to practice a variety of styles of the martial arts without a partner. Included are characteristic solo routines, staff forms, and improvised exercises adapted from karate, akido, tai chi, and kung fu. Hardcover edition available in 1982.
This is another of Tegner’s quasi-Aikido self-defense books, many of which are simply reincarnations of previous books. What sets this book apart is the fairly accurate description of the nature of Aikido as a benevolent, non-violent art, and the very early date of publication (1961), which means that it pre-dates practically all other English-language mainstream publications pertaining to Aikido, except for a Tomiki book from 1956, a couple by Makiyama in the late 50’s or 1960, and Tohei’s first book in 1960. Collectible for this reason, contents notwithstanding.
There are numerous incarnations of this book, with different publishers and different covers, all from the early to mid 70’s. The book is typical Tegner fare, with ample illustrations showing aiki-like techniques. Also in this book are descriptions and photos of Aikido joint locks and pins used in practical self-defense situations.
Publisher: Bantam Books (also Grosset & Dunlap and Thor Publishing)