Let me start this review with a disclaimer. I’m a student of the author Nev Sagiba and have had the good fortune to work through the subject matter of the book during training. So, I approach the book with a positive attitude toward it and the approach of the author. This is not a book that shows techniques in a step by step way. Rather, it is a manual, or aide memoire, for students who have had at least two to three years experience in practicing Aikido.
The book outlines a framework for studying transitions and counters using sixteen widely practiced and basic techniques. As the author says, the material here is neither entirely new nor unknown. However, the framework is a valuable way of developing skills. Let me explain with a simple example.