Joy & Sincerity


Francesco Dessi is a great role model! 
In his wonderful children’s aikido  book we find the joy, freshness, rigor, sincerity and the will to communicate his vision.
Thanks to Francesco and his book young students will have the best qualities of an Aikidoka to emulate.

by Christian Tissier from Circle Tissier
Paris, France

Aikido’s Bright Future!


"Let's Learn Aikido" is a wonderful addition to any dojo's library. Francesco Dessi has done a great job, using beautiful illustrations to draw in and engage the young reader. His approach is fresh and positive, conveying the spirit of Aikido.

I look forward to training with these young readers in the future!

by Lia Suzuki from AKI Los Angeles
6th dan, USA Representative: AKI
Los Angeles, CA

Beautiful images


The first moment I saw this book I was convinced that it would help young students learn many things about our practice. I saw this a great tool in making the children’s aikido experience richer. I also saw it as a great way to encourage and help parents get involved in their children’s aikido path. It is also helping kids during test preparation. The kids and parents in our dojo are loving it!

by Gary Small from Aikido of Maine
Portland, Maine Helping parents and children connect with Aikido.

Informational and enjoyable for all ages


This is a very good informational book about Aikido. Although the drawings are geared to the younger student, do not be mistaken, the book is a very good refresher for even the adult student. It is a welcomed and important edition to the dojo library.

by Mark E. White from Bristol County Aikikai USAF
Shodan, dojo cho
East Freetown, MA

Wonderful book


Just home from travels. Opened your wonderful book. Wow, you are right.
It’s a fantastic presentation of Aikido for kids. Congratulations on your co-creation effort.
I will gladly purchase copies for my staff and share your book with my colleagues in Seattle as well if you like.

by Kimberly Richardson from Two Cranes Aikido
6th dan
Seattle, WA

Really informative and fun


This book does for young people in Aikido what Greg O’Conner’s book, The Aikido Student Handbook: A Guide to the Philosophy, Spirit, Etiquette and Training Methods of Aikido, did for adult students of the art.

It covers everything from Japanese terminology and pronunciation, etiquette, dojo layout, how to fold ones gi, rolling, basic techniques etc. The book is written as a teaching tool. There are little quizzes after a given section.

The illustrations are charming. For young children, I could see parents reading the book to them and ending up with a better understanding of what the art is about than most parents typically have. Older young people won’t be bored either.

Very nice book I’d love for the kids in my young people’s program to read.

by George S. Ledyard from Aikido Eastside
6th dan
Bellevue, WA

Beautifully illustrated


Let’s Learn Aikido is a wonderful introductory primer for any aikido teacher to share with children in the dojo junior program. Beautifully illustrated, Let’s learn Aikido offers detailed explanations of basic aikido techniques and terminology as well as what it means to be a member of a dojo in terms of responsibilities and etiquette.  Let’s Learn Aikido is a great read for beginning adults as well.



by Bruce Bookman from Tenzan Aikido
seattle, WA

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