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Aikido Iron Balls Elbow Power by Nick Waites, 5th dan shidoin,
Komyokan Aikido Association

coverWebAlex Essani, the Aikido teacher and practitioner, whose thoughts about the practice of Aikido are expressed in this book, does not actually exist – he is a fictitious character invented by the author as a means of exploring ideas.

However, the training philosophy and methods attributed to Alex Essani are definitely not fictitious: they are based on the author’s personal experiences with real Aikido instructors, in particular his current sensei, and on many years of practising, studying and teaching Aikido.

The conversations between the two main characters, Alex Essani and his student Ian, are inventions used illustrate an important principle or concept. As the author’s real Aikido teacher would put it after telling a tall story, “This is a true story; only the facts have been changed”; insofar as the author has fictionalised real incidents and conversations, this book is the same – it is fiction based on fact.In this second edition of the book formerly entitled “Iron Balls and Elbow Power”, the author has revised or extended many of the original chapters, and added sixteen new chapters and a completely new Part 3 which describes a range of commonly practised Aikido techniques.

Fighting Spirit, Alex Cousland, Allander Aikido Club, Glasgow

Fighting Spirit Book Alex has just completed his book, ”Fighting Spirit”, with proceeds going to charity. It gives a brief insight into his life, his continuing fight with cancer & his love for the martial arts (so far he has achieved – 6th Dan Karate – 3rd Dan Iaido (sword) – 2nd Dan Jodo (staff) – 2nd Dan Aikido & has been practising Tai Chi for over twenty years too. For such a short book, it covers a full life – 77 years. Alex has written
about getting through his illness in the hope of helping other sufferers. It is an insightful, touching, humorous, & inspiring read.

If anyone would like to buy a copy & help raise some funds for :-

C.H.A.S. – Robin House Children’s Hospice,

£6.99 including p&p

please email Alex directly


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