Self Defense

Podcast Episode 4: Bruce Bookman on Self-Defense

Bruce Bookman Sensei talks about his early technical influences including Yoshimitsu Yamada, Kazuo Chiba, and Kisshomaru Ueshiba, as well as his thoughts on self-defense, and his experience working with Aikido Journal on our first instructor seminar and our upcoming online course.

In this conversation, Bruce Bookman brings an important and compelling perspective on the subject of self-defense and the martial nature of aikido. Even more important than the technical approach he discusses, is his framework for thinking and communicating about the issue in an honest, respectful, and optimistic way. We encourage every instructor of aikido within our community to listen to Bookman Sensei speak on the topic.

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