Essence Of Aikido - Stevens J. - Book
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Essence Of Aikido - Stevens J. - Book

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For the first time in English, this book presents the profound philosophy of Aikido in Morihei's own words, disclosing many of the arcane secrets of Aikido
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For the first time in English, this book presents the profound philosophy of Aikido in Morihei's own words, disclosing many of the arcane secrets of Aikido's aims and methods. Ueshiba provides a wealth of clues to the often puzzling nature of the inseparable link between the physical and spiritual aspects of Aikido revealing the heart of the peaceful warrior's art. Elegantly translated and compiled by John Stevens the first half of 'The Essence of Aikido' presents the most comprehensible collection of the writings of Morihei Ueshiba ever published. Key concepts in Aikido philosophy, such as kototama (language of the spirit) and misogi (purification of body and mind) are discussed at length, profusely illustrated with Morihei's mystical diagrams, spiritual poems, and fascinating calligraphy. The second half of the book focuses on Morihei's techniques, as for Ueshiba techniques were the means to express the spiritual principles of Aikido. Over two hundred hitherto unpublished photos of Morihei in action from his earliest days as a teacher of the martial arts to his last years as a master of Aikido complete this detailed survey of the true nature of Aikido. John Stevens is Professor of Buddhist Studies and Aikido Instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan. He is author or translator of over twenty books on Buddhism, Zen, Aikido, and Asian culture. He has practiced and taught Aikido all over the world. • Foreword by Kisshomaru Ueshiba • Preface by John Stevens • 1. The Universe of Aikido • 2. Songs of the Path • 3. Morihei's Calligraphic Legacy • 4. Misogi: Purification of Body and Mind • 5. The Art of Aikido
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