“This upcoming book looks interesting…” by Clark Bateman

I don’t usually go for novels, but this one looks interesting. It’s called “An Obese White Gentleman in No Apparent Distress”. It is a novel based on the life of Aikido free spirit Terry Dobson, written by Riki Moss. I think it will be worth a read. The release is set for January ’09, and Amazon.com is taking pre-orders now.

Also upcoming are some more conventional titles. “A Life in Aikido: The Biography of Founder Morihei Ueshiba” is an English translation of a work by the nidai Doshu, already in print in Japanese. Also, William Gleason is set to launch a book in February ’09 devoted to the principles of Kototama. Amazon is also taking pre-orders on these titles. In addition, a new print-on-demand title has been recently posted on lulu.com. Written by Mark Stokmans, it is titled “Aikido, Keri Waza”. I have thumbed through it, and it looks like a very thorough work on an oft-neglected aspect of Aikido (defending against kicks).

I’ll be posting reviews of these titles to coincide with their respective dates of release. Happy Reading!


  1. Terry Dobson was a wonderful gentleman. If his book, “Giving In To Get Your Way”, was ever reprinted, it’s worth a read.
    Nobody I know knows much about the Kototama.
    Keri waza seems pretty straightforward. The falls are often challenging.

  2. Thanks for the headsup on the books.

    It’s great to see that the interest in kototama is growing enough to support the publishing of the book.

    Good luck with the sales. I look forward to reading it.

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