Aikitaiji: Soft or Internal Martial Art

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From the Publisher:  Aikitaiji is neither Aikido nor T’ai Chi Ch’uan as commonly understood. It’s not anything new either. It’s a compilation that I found useful after deleting things that didn’t work for me. Aikitaiji is a two-point perspective on soft martial art. The best example to distinguish Aikitaiji is the way we engage in the cooperative but slightly competitive practice of Push-hands. Positive, playful competition adds realism (because your partner isn’t just taking a dive). It’s a direct encounter with flow when conducted in a playful manner. Aikido players could find proper Push-hands a very useful context for their practice. It makes a big difference when both sides agree to probe, push, lock and lose easily enough while putting up some resistance (it’s very important to train relative to resisting opponents but not so much at first). The other main difference, one that could help T’ai Chi players, is that we have the option of using the joint-locking and throwing techniques I learned in Aikido (when it’s natural) from within the context of T’ai Chi Push-hands. Aikido has joint-locking, throwing/falling and floor exercises. T’ai Chi has the stances and forms that embody the choreography of optimal biomechanical power. Push-hands develops the improvisational and intuitive faculties. I used material from one art to fill in the gaps I found in the other, following soft principles into the conflux of energy/force where responses arise spontaneously and appropriately from an expanded menu of deeply memorized options. Many people who are primarily interested in spiritual/mystical stuff (do they still call it “New Age?”) will find that proper martial art is very well suited for self-transcendence. One thing neuro-science is discovering is that we can follow the same learning process to cultivate the body of proper martial art at the same time that we activate the mystical parts of the brain. The same internal/physical process leads to development of ch’i and engages the creative, intuitive and mystical faculties. The pre-condition of our full human potential (which is huge) is a deeply engrained feeling of safety. We need to know that we’re safe, competent to defend ourselves, before we can be really free. After we fulfill the pre-condition of security then we can follow the course characteristic of loving (not combative) souls, evolving along the art’s path into the mystical/spiritual flow of the cosmos. Confidence in our ability to protect our selves is the same confidence, the same warrior’s spirit that carries us to the crossroads we share with infinity. And it’s the same confidence that allows us to leap into the unknowable collective universal consciousness, releasing our own unsuspected powers. The work of art that we create in Aikitaiji is our own civil, mature human beingness with the option of unity-on-demand. The most malignant threat to our general health as well as our most vital ally reside in our minds and conscious bodies, and the dark wins by default when we don’t recruit, train and empower the proper “soft” or internal warrior. Proper martial art isn’t merely destructive. A ferocious martial artist I knew said that it was his very violent training that exposed his heart and nurtured his fearless ability to love. At a certain level we experience yin and yang as two aspects of the same event. Training our internal energy as a healing agent enhances it. The more we use it affectionately to augment others the more it motivates our own immune system. Destructive power and healing power are similar (but not equal) forces and they depend on the consciousness wielding it. We aspire to feel safe and affectionate, relative to all others, and in the process we integrate the world we discover inside our selves with the flow of the cosmos. We grow more virtuous as we become less fearful. We explore the highest (deepest) regions of our inner world, identify with the resultant power, and extend it outward as a force of nature.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1482779366
  • ISBN-13:  9781482779363
  • Pages: 434
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Yoga and Aikido Practice: An Investigation into Anxiety

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This is a dissertation prepared in the course of seeking a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  It describes a study investigating the relationship between Aikido and Yoga practice on anxiety levels.

  • Publisher: ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 124381571X
  • ISBN-13:  9781243815712
  • Pages: 114
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Verbal Aikido: Green Belt: The art of directing verbal attacks to a balanced outcome (Volume 1)

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From the Publisher:  A comprehensive introduction to the art of Verbal Aikido: an effective and easy-to-use style of conflict management, based on the philosophy of the martial art. With three straightforward steps, make interpersonal conflict and verbal attacks a thing of the past. The first in a series of three volumes.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1478198079
  • ISBN-13:  9781478198079
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00C4UQ5Z8
  • Pages: 130
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle

Aikido: Learn the Martial Art, Aesthetics and Spiritual Way of Life!

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This is a Wikipedia “infoharvesting” piece.  It is identical in content to a later, smaller-format work of identical title by James Lansdowne.  Buyer beware…

From the Publisher:  Do you find it maddening to sharpen your Aikido skills by taking a single stride forward and two strides back? Do you want to learn fighting without fighting? Won’t it be amazing if you could be trained in Aikido before you even realize that you started practicing for it? Of course you can! Save yourselves weeks and months of pointless training prototype that can holdup or slab your trail to become an Aikido expert. This well defined book- Aikido -Learn the Martial Art, Aesthetics and Spiritual Way of Life will lend a hand to master all skills of this ancient Japanese martial art which is a fusion of attitude, defensive sport and devout beliefs. It’s evidently explained in a communicative arrangement and illustrates closely what might be pulling you down from mastering this antique martial art. Train Well To Fast-Track Your Skillfulness! This comprehensive and delineated e-book presents to you the essential means required to train sensible. Legendary Aikido experts across the world had experienced difficulties when they started learning from scratch. It was not possible then to have access to all-inclusive e-books like this one. Aikido -Learn the Martial Art, Aesthetics and Spiritual Way of Life!!! has been compiled with the fundamental tips given by Aikido experts in the world and contains of food for thought for all beginners together with professionals. Hence, it is guaranteed that you will do well with this immense assortment of knowledge. Follow the awesome techniques stated in this book and at utterly no physical risks! Discover The Soul Of Aikido! How will you arrive at your objective of polishing superior Aikido skills? In truth, it is not an effortless task you as everything worth attaining takes concerted endeavors and complete dedication. To dig up the spirit of Aikido you shall devote many years of involvement with the fundamental techniques. This e-book is a total martial arts guide and will not bore you with the traditional standards and thoughts like other e-books do. We ensure you that this e-book is laden with rare information that will kick start your Aikido training regime in the correct manner and transform your life evermore! This well written e-book is enjoyable to read and contains rich info which it will keep you absorbed. It has ten qualitative chapters which will highlight all your major concerns regarding Aikido and keys to become an aikido crackerjack. Every physical sport has tendency to give you injuries and bodily harm and so does Aikido. This e-book is worth a king’s ransom as it lays encompasses all points of Aikido injuries and its treatments together with Aikido weapons and the changing patterns from pre-war to the contemporary era.

Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1493604171
  • ISBN-13:  9781493604173
  • Pages: 38
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Nook, E-Book

Aikido: Learn the Martial Art, Aesthetics and Spiritual Way of Life

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This is another Wikipedia “infoharvesting” piece.  It is identical in content to a previous, larger-format work of identical title by Sven Hylten-Cavallius.  Buyer beware…

From the Publisher:  Find Out the Broad Array of Aikido Styles, Understanding And Importance! Prepare Tough But Prepare Smart… How will you arrive at your objective of polishing superior Aikido skills? Do you find it maddening to sharpen your Aikido skills by taking a single stride forward and two strides back? Do you want to learn fighting without fighting? Won’t it be amazing if you could be trained in Aikido before you even realize that you started practicing for it? Of course you can! Save yourselves weeks and months of pointless training prototype that can holdup or slab your trail to become an Aikido expert. This well defined e-book- Aikido -Learn the Martial Art, Aesthetics and Spiritual Way of Life will lend a hand to master all skills of this ancient Japanese martial art which is a fusion of attitude, defensive sport and devout beliefs. It’s evidently explained in a communicative arrangement and illustrates closely what might be pulling you down from mastering this antique martial art. Train Well To Fast-Track Your Skillfulness! This comprehensive and delineated e-book presents to you the essential means required to train sensible. Legendary Aikido experts across the world had experienced difficulties when they started learning from scratch. It was not possible then to have access to all-inclusive e-books like this one. Aikido -Learn the Martial Art, Aesthetics and Spiritual Way of Life!!! has been compiled with the fundamental tips given by Aikido experts in the world and contains of food for thought for all beginners together with professionals. Hence, it is guaranteed that you will do well with this immense assortment of knowledge. Follow the awesome techniques stated in this book and at utterly no physical risks! Discover The Soul Of Aikido! How will you arrive at your objective of polishing superior Aikido skills? In truth, it is not an effortless task you as everything worth attaining takes concerted endeavors and complete dedication. To dig up the spirit of Aikido you shall devote many years of involvement with the fundamental techniques. This e-book is a total martial arts guide and will not bore you with the traditional standards and thoughts like other e-books do. We ensure you that this e-book is laden with rare information that will kick start your Aikido training regime in the correct manner and transform your life evermore! This well written e-book is enjoyable to read and contains rich info which it will keep you absorbed. It has ten qualitative chapters which will highlight all your major concerns regarding Aikido and keys to become an aikido crackerjack. Every physical sport has tendency to give you injuries and bodily harm and so does Aikido. This e-book is worth a king’s ransom as it lays encompasses all points of Aikido injuries and its treatments together with Aikido weapons and the changing patterns from pre-war to the contemporary era.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • ISBN-10: 1496123026
  • ISBN-13:  9781496123022
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00B2LGU5K
  • Pages: 56
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook

Aikido: Kokyu-Ho Lessons

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From the Publisher:  The book “Aikido. Kokyu Ho Lessons” was written by Igor Shmygin (6th Dan Aikikai). This is the first book of a part of the series of books “Aikido Lessons”. Author says, “The series of books “Aikido Lessons” I dedicate to my tutor, teacher and friend Masatake Fujita-Sensei, Shihan Hombu Dojo, 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai. To the man who for the last 20 years taught, helped and tutored me.” This book contains practical materials. All the techniques are illustrated step by step. This book will be useful for all the people who are studying Aikido, regardless of their level of training.

Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.

  • Publisher: Zigzabur North America LLC
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 0989003434
  • ISBN-13:  9780989003438
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00F63YAV6
  • Pages: 114
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, E-Book

Aikido for Women: The Underlying Principles and Why Women Have the Advantage

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From the Publisher:  Unbelievable! A petite, eighty plus-year-old woman is able to control and throw large men. Aikido for Women spills the secret any woman, regardless of age and size, will find useful to protect and defend herself against various types of attacks.

  • Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1480902365
  • ISBN-13:  9781480902367
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00HAKCQ8W
  • Pages: 146
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook

Survival Aikido: How to Do Freestyle

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From the Publisher:  How to do practical Aikido that can be used against multiple attackers when taking tests and when in a survival situation. The information in this book is much easier than the normal Aiki jujitsu taught in Aikido classes. Practicing three times a week you can be very good at this in a year. Far better than you normally see. With the basics taught here it is easy to know how to make the Aiki jujitsu work. These basics are also the key to effective Aikido Freestyle. Hikuta, called Kuta here, provides strong basic information on striking that is seamlessly integrated into the Aikido throws without gratuitous movements. It turns out that when you properly learn the basics of Aikido you also know the advanced aikido. This book deals with both topics together. Material on weapon use is also included.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace, OkolonaAikido.com
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • ISBN-10: 1494914905
  • ISBN-13:  9781494914905
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00HLTQANY
  • Pages: 196, 227
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle

Self-Defense for Every Day

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From the Publisher:  Self-Defense for Every Day covers a 365-day period and offers women daily suggestions for learning to take control of their lives through self-awareness, self-discipline and self-defense techniques. Suggestions for using this book are to share your progress with others, keep a journal of your progress, take what you like from the suggestions and leave the rest and modify anything so that it works for you in your journey to self-awareness.

Not specifically an Aikido book, but practical training by an Aikido instructor.

  • Publisher: Penman Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2001
  • ISBN-10: 0970764642
  • ISBN-13:  9780970764645
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00HCFI0YY
  • Pages: 149
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle