The author, Karl Geis, trained in Tomiki style and was promoted to 6th Dan by Kenji Tomiki Sensei. He also holds high rank in Judo and Jyodo. He says in his introduction, "Hopefully, one of you wll use this book as a springboard in your quest for knowledge and through you the strength of Aikido will be always available to help lead us confidently into the future." In twelve short chapters – named after various "winds ("graceful," "flowing," "pure," etc.) – Geis Sensei details his views on Aikido philosophy. He credits his training and understanding to Senseis Tomiki, Miyake, Kogure, Inoue, and Oba. A second "First Edition" was published by Paul Crompton in 1987.
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