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This book, an in-depth look at Ellis Schools of Tradtional Aikido's special brand of technique, strategy, philosophy as well as unique history, has taken about 15 years to compile, but will soon be offered in print by world's leading publisher of martial arts material.
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The production of Positive Aikido has gone through numerous stages. The hand-drawings describing each of positive techniques in traditional Aikido were begun in 1987 with intention of providing new students with a reference guide - at time to be photocopied for students in USA and later possibly for UK students as well. That plan however, never took hold as more and more drawings were produced. The drawings of first four groupings were finished in 1991 and in 1993, second four groupings were added, along with some transcripts from a recorded conversation between Sensei Ellis and Rogers on a long roadtrip between Dallas, Texas and Alamogordo, New Mexico. Rogers made his 1st Dan during that trip, and Positive Aikido picked up a lot of its histories and background information. Still, it was no more than a bunch of papers cobbled together from various sources.
In 1999 however, with advent of digital photography, Sensei Rogers decided to augment drawings with some digital photos and possibly put together a proper booklet for students in all Ellis Schools. The photos however, required some supporting text - and there was a lot of other material which needed to be conveyed as well. The transcripts were re-written and cleaned up and photos were digitally processed for first four forms. During another visit to New Mexico, Sensei and his assistant Anita Wilson along with Sensei's son performed demonstrations needed for last four forms. Later, first four forms were re-shot with Sensei Rogers and one of his first USA students, Jeff Glaze of New Mexico. By this time, Positive Aikido was being developed as a book.