Aikido is a highly developed martial art form based on standardized principles which the book explains by numerous examples of movements. The basics of the foot and hand movements are also covered. The details of the basic techniques of Aikido are described; the reader also learns their implementation. A closer look is further taken on the roles of the defender and the attacker. This book is an English translation of an earlier German isue. The Kindle edition was added in 2012.
Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Fachverlag und Buchhandel GmbH
Publication Year: 2010, 2012
ASIN (Kindle): B00AQ1A7XS
Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book
This is not a book for beginners, although they can find here a lot of information to develop their aikido.
This is a book about basics for advanced students.
After many years of copying the movements of important aikido teachers, there is a time for everyone to take responsibility for your own aikido. By studying the origin of our aikido, we can understand the underlying principles.
Kenji Tomiki and his lifetime Uke and assistant, Hideo Oba, laid down the principles for Randori Aikido through the way of Kata.
This book is not a sequence of all the techniques in the kata, but it is a search for the underlying principles.
Alex Essani, the Aikido teacher and practitioner, whose thoughts about the practice of Aikido are expressed in this book, does not actually exist – he is a fictitious character invented by the author as a means of exploring ideas.
However, the training philosophy and methods attributed to Alex Essani are definitely not fictitious: they are based on the author’s personal experiences with real Aikido instructors, in particular his current sensei, and on many years of practising, studying and teaching Aikido. The conversations between the two main characters, Alex Essani and his student Ian, are inventions used to illustrate an important principle or concept.
In this second edition of the book formerly titled “Iron Balls and Elbow Power”, the author has revised or extended many of the original chapters, and added seventeen new chapters and a completely new Part 3 which describes a range of commonly practiced Aikido techniques.
Publisher: Koteikan Press or Brancepeth Computer Publications
From the Publisher: “The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemusu Aiki” takes the reader on a spiritual journey straight to the essence of Aikido, in the words of the great Founder himself. Ueshiba, affectionately known as O’Sensei, or “Great Master,” devoted himself to the promotion of peace and expression of universal human values, and spent a substantial part of his life imparting and teaching these values. Taken largely from transcripts of lectures he gave, The Heart of Aikido draws on the essence of the Founder’s philosophy and spirituality based on the Shinto religion, and his beliefs on the divinity of the true self and the universe. His teachings also emphasize the importance of harmony in Aikido, and how ultimately humans can foster a peaceful society by dispelling aggression through such harmony.
This long-awaited English version is a translation of the original Japanese classic. Among the many Aikido books that exist today, this book will stand out for its heartfelt focus on the spiritual message of the Founder, and how that message resonates with equal urgency in today’s world.
The interviews contained in “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era” have been meticulously edited from hundreds of hours of conversations conducted over a 30-year period with those closest to the Founder. These early devotees of the art offer an insightful portrayal of the character of the Aikido Founder, and a detailed description of his teaching and activities, spanning nearly half a century. More than 100 photos, many published for the first time, add an important visual dimension to the testimonies of the interviewees. This is an essential volume for those desiring to discover the roots of Aikido, a true cultural treasure of Japan.
From the Publisher: Among the modern martial arts most often mentioned in relation to “spirituality” is the Japanese martial art aikido, created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 -1969) in the 1940s. He described aikido as an art of peace and viewed its practice as a spiritual endeavour. Academic observers, however, have cast doubt on the authenticity of spiritual content in the martial arts while others consider that spirituality is not possible outside the confines of established religion. This book refutes these arguments by exploring in detail aikido’s relationship to Japan’s spiritual traditions. Drawing extensively on Ueshiba’s discourses and writings, it compares the aikido world view and practice methods with those of four belief systems influential in Japan – Daoism, Zen Buddhism, Shingon Mikkyo and Shinto. The book shows how Ueshiba pierced the meaning of these traditions and was able thereby to synthesize their spiritual practices creatively. It also sheds light on various sources of confusion surrounding spiritual aspects of the martial arts and should interest martial arts’ practitioners and anyone concerned more widely with new forms of spirituality.
From the Publisher: Aiki-Doh!-Ka is the personification of the earnest yet somewhat whimsical and occasionally flawed aspiration that imbues all Aikidoka. You might say he is the Don Quixote of Aikido – he has the best intentions, but is somewhat lacking in his execution.
After years of careful observation and countless interviews with Aiki-Doh!-Ka, Kevin and Jon have compiled this zany compilation of humorous definitions to common (and not so common) Aikido terms.
Jon and Kevin practice Yoshinkan Aikido at the Aiki Budo Centre in London, Ontario (Canada). Jon currently holds the rank of Sandan and Kevin is Shodan. They take Aikido seriously and train hard, but always remember to laugh, too.
This book is dedicated to the spirit of Aiki-Doh!-ka, who lives in us all.
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