Brian Kagen pick: “Review of Ellis Amdur’s Hidden in Plain Sight by Peter Goldsbury from

“The last column was actually an extended review of several books on kotodama, thought to be one aspect of aikido. Since then, another book has appeared and this, too, is immensely relevant to aikido and especially to aikido training. Ellis Amdur’s Hidden in Plain Sight has been long awaited and even in the short time since its publication, has spawned much discussion in Internet forums, mostly of a laudatory, even adulatory, nature.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. bruce baker says:

    Lots of reading … but the question comes to mind .. are we studying how the mind connects to the body as it manipulates that body and processes information, or are we once again talking about history instead LIVING history as we TALK our lives away?

    Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the time and effort to try to get this moot discussion further along as now with internet and time to waste because of modern tools at our beckoned call we have more time to talk and discuss than ever before in the history of civilization, but what does it do for me?

    If all books and knowledge were destroyed tomorrow and human civilization fell, destroying all previous knowledge … is it not possible to regain knowledge through trial and error over several to ten generations of human kind?

    We return to the question … does it really matter where you got your knowledge from, or who was first … as long as it is useful and applicable to the world today?

    We return to the vanities of human kind and the need to force others to bow down to our way of thinking, which leads to violence and war over time and distance, or so history points out in it’s recorded words.

    My point … as violence and ways of war increase in their complexity and need for human kind to defend itself we STEAL whatever we need from where-ever we can disregarding who supposedly created or invented what we have stolen.

    In fact, the entire discussion becomes not just a lesson in history, but a reflection of another human weakness, our self-agrandizing nature to give our tribal groups importance over other groups.

    If someone finds a way to overcome your defenses, you must either find a way to neutralize their methods, or find a superior way to deal with their methods.

    Gee, couldn’t we have said that in a couple paragraphs instead of the clinical doctorate paper analyzing the book, but that is what Dr. Goldsbury does, bless his heart.

    What I like is that both Ellis Amdur and Peter Goldbury did an excellent job of explanation and …. raising questions that quantified both the positive and negative aspects of this book. It will take years of comments for some people to figure out what it is all about, but for my money … it is all about … Show me your heart, your spirit, then show me your skills .. my friend.

  2. …here’s a fairly trivial thought – when we talk to ourselves (you don’t? well…) is that, in fact, a left-brain/right-brain communication that bridges some gap in the structure…? how about mat-chat? blogs?

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