(From the Publisher): William B. Dockery’s journey into the science and soul of martial arts began more than two decades ago. Through the years he has dedicated himself to studying and understanding multiple disciplines of martial arts encompassing a broad range of proficiencies, skill sets, and goals. Whether they are combat oriented, grappling driven, balance inspired, or spiritual/centering practices, he has used his experiences in them all to formulate a groundbreaking methodology for Aikido unlike any other ever conceived or taught. And the best part is that it can be easily and successfully applied to other martial arts as well. The key to this new understanding is the physics of the human body, otherwise known as kinesiology. By breaking down the science of the physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms associated with human movement and applying them to martial arts disciplines, Dockery bridges these two worlds in a revolutionary guide that will forever change the way martial arts are approached and taught. Written using his personal notes during his intermediate training in Tomiki Ryu Aikido in conjunction with his growing understanding of kinesiology, Dockery’s book is the perfect compliment to the studies of all intermediate students—even if their discipline isn’t Aikido. By understanding how the body works in motion, he reasons, students can grasp the concepts taught to them rather than simply mimicking behavior. And by translation, an understanding of one’s own COB inherently brings about an understanding of others, enabling the ability to manipulate an opponent’s COB with directed intent, thereby reducing the time it takes to learn new techniques, yielding increasingly successful results. “Aikido is not magical,” Dockery says, “it is bound by the laws of physics.” His new expertise is teaching others how to improve their practice by providing the mental focus necessary to engage their mind along with their body. His approach is based on the six key precepts of No-Line and the 20, Parallelism, The Cam (S and C), Sagittal Plane, Daito Hands and Lever Arms, and Aiki-Age, Aiki Sage. These precepts lay the foundation for the most revelatory chapter: The Secret to Aiki. Those willing to engage these fundamental teachings in a meaningful manner will achieve greater results than those without due to this melding of mind and body versus the rote mechanics of current methods. With over two decades of experience, Dockery’s lifelong dedication to studying and better understanding multiple disciplines of martial arts has lead to a commitment to helping others with their devotion as well. An extraordinary resource that is as applicable to sports and dancing as it is to all martial arts, Dockery unlocks a revolutionary approach that transcends any current methods in use. Presented in a no-nonsense, layman’s approach that is easy to understand and apply, Aiki Secrets: Six Precepts and the Dynamic COB forever changes the paradigm.
Nobuyuki Watanabe was born on July 25, 1930 in Miyazaki, Kyushu. He is one of the few remaining direct disciples of Ueshiba Morihei, The founder of Aikido. Watanabe Shihan started Aikido at the age of 22 and entered the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo as a live-in student (uchideshi) in 1958, where he still teaches regularly to date. Besides his international engagement as an Aikido teacher (8° DAN), Watanabe Shihan is also active as a physician (a specialist in osteopathy) at his residence in Koshigaya, Saitama.
This book in honour of his eightieth birthday is dedicated to Watanabe Shihan for his engagement as an Aikido instructor in Germany over more than 25 years. Most of the photographs were taken in the past three years during workshops in Birach, Germany as well as in Togari and the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Japan. The text is based on notes taken from the teachings of Watanabe Shihan as expressed in his classes and talks. This book is a snapshot of the ever transforming nature and variety of Watanabe Shihan’s Aikido, because to Watanabe Shihan Aikido means constant change and freedom. The aphorisms chosen aim to express this unlimited spirit of Aikido.
Watanabe Shihan has broadened the scope of Aikido in his very own way and thereby helped people today to learn to understand the interaction of nature, health, energy and freedom beyond the world of Budo as a martial art. In the true spirit of the founder Ueshiba Morihei, Watanabe Shihan has made understandable in a comprehensive manner the special nature of Aikido as a way to continuously develop body and mind in accord with nature and the energy of the universe, and thus opened the gate to this borderless path for many people. For this Watanabe Shihan deserves all of our special thanks!
Thomas Witty, Tokyo, July 2010
The book is published tri-lingually, in German, Japanese and English.
A journey of psychological development through the ranks from white belt to black belt. Practice of techniques and dojo life as a path for personal growth. So much to see and know about yourself and others through repetitions of technique, which reveal the psychological state and behavioral issues. Contemplation reveals many insights into philosophy and religion.
As martial arts have gained in popularity, they have been associated with their Eastern origins and identified with Eastern philosophies and religions. This book shows that beyond kicks, punches and throws, they can be a path to God and an aid in Christian spiritual growth. Drawing upon his experience in aikido, a Japanese martial art, and training in theology, the author shows how selected principles parallel and are congruent with the Christian message, with each section ending with a prayerful reflection for practical application in our Christian lives.
This book is basically a re-titled edition of the book “Aikido: The Peaceful Martial Art”.
This book represents the principles and basic concepts of Aikido – deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy and the refined ideals of the samurai. It is not a technical manual, but an exploration of the thoughts and theories at work in Aikido practice.
Based in an original and insightful exploration of the nature of consciousness and the meaning of meditation, Aikido, Aikibojitsu and the Structure of Natural Law offers a compelling description of the behavior of energy in non-resistant systems in general, and in particular the behavior of energy in the spiritually profound art forms of Aikido and Aikibojitsu.
In this collection of essays Hoa Newens Sensei shares his insights on various aspects of Aikido training. The content of the essays is drawn from his forty-four years of experience in this martial art that is also known as the Art of Peace. These 31 essays were written over a period of fifteen years and were meant to guide Aikido students in the intangible aspect of Aikido practice. Subjects discussed include, among other things, conflict resolution, ultimate self-defense, kata practice, teachings of Morihiro Saito Shihan, and the concept of Rei in martial arts. Readers from all styles of martial arts and at all levels will find gems that will enrich their own training.
Aikido is not only a martial art but incorporates philosophical and spiritual insights that can be applied in everyday life. This book use selected aikido concepts as a reflection on modern living, showing how these concepts can be effectively applied for meaningful, successful living.
Aikido randori is a competitive practice followed within the Japan Aikido Association (JAA) and allied organizations around the world. Judo and kendo are well known for incorporating competitive practice and, as an extension, competitions. Competitive aikido is less well known but is equal to both as a contemporary budo from historical, technical and educational viewpoints.
It is widely known that competitive aikido was created by Kenji Tomiki (1900-1979). His hard work and research in the latter years of his life concluded in the creation of a systematic practice method for randori in aikido.
This book describes this practice system, from the basics to application, along with an explanation of the underlying principles and a clarification of the historical and theoretical foundations of competitive aikido.
The result is a detailed work of reference that will not only benefit your randori practice but will improve your level of kata and give you a deeper insight into aikido in general.