“Mind & Body, Principles & Techniques,” by Dan Kawakami

“Aikido training focuses on both techniques and principles. Techniques are bodily movements designed to defend against and control physical attack. Typically, an instructor demonstrates a technique of self defense against a specified attack, and the student learns by imitating the instructor’s movements. Further refinements are made under the guidance of the instructor, and the movements become established with repetitive practice with a partner.”

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