An Open Secret: A Student’s Handbook for Learning Aikido Techniques of Self-Defense and the Aiki Way

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Aikido is a self-defense martial art (budo) founded by Morihei Usehiba (O’Sensei) in Japan. Tony Blomert shares his experience and wisdom in this training guide about etiquette, tools and weapons, rank examination, relationships between students and teachers, etc., essential to learning Aikido and ultimately the Aiki way. An Open Secret provides a proven learning methodology for Aikido that can be More

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About Tony Blomert

Tony Blomert is a writer and an American Aikidoka. He was first introduced to the martial art of Aikido as a college freshman over four decades ago, and still lives "the way of aiki" by practicing the principles in his everyday life. He began his studies in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (1974), and received his dan ranking in 1978.

In 1976, while still a kyu-ranked student, he was asked to instruct the Aikido section of "an Introduction to the Martial Arts" -- an accredited curriculum at Los Angeles Valley College -- by his mentor, Dr. Lynn D. Lomen, and Sensei Steve Munchnikov. This instructional exposure inspired his avocation of helping others learn the Aiki way.

A serious student of budo (martial arts), his experience instructing others inspired his writing "the Aikidoka's World" blog from 2010 to 2013, and his book - An Open Secret -- a student's handbook to Aikido training. He also regularly contributes to the international forum www.AikiWeb.com.

Tony grew up in the Hollywood hills of Los Angeles, CA and became immersed in the fine arts and entertainment industries. He credits a great deal of his diversified interests on the many wonderful and talented individuals that were part of his youth. He followed his father's footsteps with a brief career in the music industry after graduating from Hollywood High School, but was determined to take a different path.

After earning a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles, he went into a career in public affairs - working first in the California State Assembly, and later in the private sector for several major corporations specializing in land-use issues. In 1990, he made another career change and moved to Nevada where he operated a successful swimming pool construction and maintenance company.

During his time in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tony returned to active training with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU) under Sensei James Sterling.

Now living in Livingston, Montana on the banks of the famed Yellowstone River, Tony is growing his dojo for adults, teens and children.

Reviews

Review by: Wells Nishimoto on Jan. 27, 2015 :
I have read and looked over the book An Open Secret. It is well written and organized in detail. This book covers all the basic and important information about what Aikido is all about. If a person who is interested and wants to know about the Art of Aikido, this is the book to get. Arigato gozaimashita . Well done Sempai!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: kgoebel69 on Jan. 22, 2015 :
If there is ever a book to choose as a starting point for learning, studying, and researching the Art of Aikido, this is it. It is detailed and thoroughly researched in such a way so that nothing seems to have been forgotten. As an Instructor we try to pass on to our students as much as we can, however inevitably, some things seem to fall through the cracks. This book covers the stuff that often times gets overlooked. Well done!
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)

Review by: Manny Tiongco Santos on Jan. 21, 2015 : (no rating)
The title of the book says it all! It's meant to be a handbook for students of Aikido, benefitting most the beginning practitioners. However, even those with years of experience can use it to revisit the basic tenets of this truly unique form of martial art. After all, even successful professional athletes, i.e.: baseball and football players, attend annual training camps, don't they?
The subject matter coverage is comprehensive and the text is "reader friendly" supported with pictures, a testament to the author's experience and extensive knowledge of Aikido: "etiquette, tools and weapons, rank examination, relationships between students and teachers, etc.". Well done, Sempai!

Manny Tiongco Santos
Las Vegas
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)

Review by: Gene Martinelli on Dec. 17, 2014 : (no rating)
I have read An Open Secret by Tony Blomert, not for me, but more to have a book to recommend to my beginner/new students. I can honestly say I have found that book.

The book is clear and easy to read, and most importantly answers those questions we all once had yet seem to forget to explain to our own students. In my case, I started this club with very few students and therefore we were initially rather informal. Now that we are growing I find those who have started with me as well those just joining asking a lot of the same questions, because I really hadn't explained a lot of the formality or structure that our class is evolving.

Having this book, An Open Secret, answers so many of those basic questions that it will easily assist the students in their understanding of the environment that is an Aikido Dojo. Something I with thirty years of training in Aikido simply take for granted.

This a very good book for any beginning Aikido student.

Gene Martinelli
Dojo-Cho
Aikido at the Centre
Palm Harbor, Florida
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

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