Principles Of Aikido - Saotome M. - Book
Aikido teaches a simple secret: the development of a better life is dependent on bettering yourself. Aikido offers no miracles except the miracle of your o
Aikido teaches a simple secret: the development of a better life is dependent on bettering yourself. Aikido offers no miracles except the miracle of your own existence and your human potential. Mitsugi Saotome explains the philosophy and practice of the popular martial art, which emphasizes harmony and peaceful resolution of conflict. Over one thousand photographs illustrate the basic principles and techniques, including the use of the wooden sword, the wooden staff, and ''empty hand'' techniques. The reader is given guidance in the proper physical, mental, and spiritual attitudes with which to approach this practice and in ways to apply the wisdom of Aikido to everyday life. Also included are lectures by the Founder himself.
Mitsugi SaotomeMitsugi Saotome is the chief instructor of the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington, D.C. and also serves as the supervisory instructor for more than 70 affiliated dojo of the international association, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. He began as a special apprentice with the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei in 1955 and continued for 15 years until the founder's death in April of 1969. From 1960 until 1975 Master Saotome taught at the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, where he held the highly respected position of senior instructor. In 1975 Master Saotome decided to come to the United States. When asked why, he responded: ''The goal of Aikido and O Sensei's dream is that all the peoples of the world live together as one family, in harmony with each other and their environment. The United States has the opportunity to set a great example.'' 1. Introduction 2. Practicing Basic Technique: Training Mental Attitude and Vision 3. Musubi 4. Ukemi 5. The Sword and the Spirit of lkkyo 6. Techniques from Shomenuchi 7. Techniques from Yokomenuchi 8. Techniques from Katadori 9. Techniques from Munetsuki 10. Techniques from Katatedori 11.Techniques from Ryotemochi 12. Techniques from Kosadori and Ushirowaza 13. Advanced Techniques 14. Budo: The Original Principle of Aikido 15. The Meaning of Study 16. Aikido as Explained by the Founder and Doshu 17. Mirror of the Spirit: The Aikido Dojo 18. Lectures by 0 Sensei 19. The Hakama and Its Meaning 20. Beginning the Journey toward Awakened Consciousness 21. Aikido: Finding Its Future in Its Past