Aikido is the peaceful martial art. Its defense techniques should be so gentle that also the attacker is delighted. There’s no competition, since each participant should be a winner. It’s an art that takes a lifetime to learn. This book presents the principles and basic concepts of aikido – deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy and the refined ideals of the samurai. It explores all the Japanese traditions and martial art essentials at work in aikido practice.
Stefan Stenudd is a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor, former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation and President of the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation, presently a member of the Swedish Aikido Grading Committee. He has practiced aikido since 1972. He is also a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.