friend gave me Aikido in Japan and The Way Less Traveled. wow. 300+ pages. 600+ footnotes. Different. Very interesting, very fun read. Surprisingly well written for an MA book. like literature. funny. about training at Aikikai Hombu dojo, living (and fighting) in Japan, East Asia, BJJ, MMA and even China. best history of BJJ I've ever read. sober critiques of Aikido training/culture and answers to critics of Aikido. Epilogue was a treat, chapters like: Aikido Keiko in an MMA World ... Wrestling with Aikido ... Aikido in China? .... . answered several questions i'd had. guess sometimes can judge a book by it's cover ... a good one.