In this remarkable interpretation of the foundation of Aikido technique, Gaku Homma focuses on the relationship between Japanese swordsmanship and open-hand movement, uniting historical tradition with the contemporary development of the art of Aikido. Although the study of Kenjutsu and Aikido have long been associated, this is the first book in which actual Aikido techniques are related to sequences used with the sword. Sixteen hundred frame-by-frame photos mirror the movement shared by both arts.
"As a martial arts teacher, I am very impressed with the clarity and reach of this book. Gaku Homma Sensei illuminates each technique in three contexts, showing us its nuance and value in different fighting situations. Any martial artist, no matter what style he or she practices, will be captivated by the originality of his approach and the practicality of his teaching." - Kancho Joko Ninomiya, Grand Master of Enshin Karate
"Homma Sensei's powerful teachings are truly unique! His ability to instill discipline, self-confidence, balance, and focus go well beyond the mat. I've taken his insights to many heights, including the cockpit of Boeing 747!" - Doug Kelly, Pilot/Instructor, United Airlines