In this original five-volume Ancient Warrior Productions series, Sensei Sam Combes, retired police officer and seventh-dan black belt from the Yoshinkai Aikido Institute in Japan, teaches a comprehensive course. The gentle art of Aikido focuses on joint locks, pressure points, leverage, balance and throwing techniques that require minimum effort to yield the maximum results. This series includes basics, exercises, kata, self-defense, weapons techniques and much more! Volume 1 includes Aikido's basic stances, proper falling, vital drills and techniques. Also, exercises to make your body supple, kihon, ki and the "Internal Spiritual Power".