Dance with Heaven and Earth: Life Lessons from Zen & Aikido

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From the Publisher:  The texts in this book are inspired by the teachings of Katsuyuki Shimamoto, 8th dan, who has been a Zen priest and aikido teacher for 50 years. The title is taken from a poem that frequently graces his calligraphies: Harmonize with others, Harmonize with Heaven and Eart, Dance with others, Dance with Heaven and Earth.  Humble and congenial, Katsuyuki Shimamoto is a perpetrator of aikido as a martial art of peace that seeks to create harmony. Influenced strongly by Zen, he emphasizes good posture, calm breathing, universal acceptance, simplicity, and minimalist aesthetics. These short pieces of wisdom taken from aikido and Zen help us understand that living with others is what allows us to live at all. That the right form – including posture, field of vision, and breathing – can change not only our outlook but the outcome, too. That we can neutralize any attack once we learn to accept it. That true victory is to win against our weaknesses, and fighting only serves as a stepping stone towards harmony. That with the right approach, the very life we struggle with can turn into the greatest treasure. Photographer and designer Morteza Ariana has not only given the book a beautiful look but also contributed significantly to conveying its message by adding a visual component to its expression. His breathtaking original photographs resonate with Katsuyuki Shimamoto’s sense for Zen aesthetics and clarity of communication. Every text is juxtaposed with one of these images, adding another dimension to its meaning, and often alluding to the contradictory nature of Zen teachings intended to help practitioners overcome the boundaries of reason. Get ready for a book that takes you straight to the heart of the matter. Dance with Heaven & Earth!

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  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1477220887
  • ISBN-13:  9781477220887
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B008ZB9NAO
  • Pages: 248
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book

Nihon Goshin Aikido

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From the Publisher:   This is the official technical manual and curriculum for Nihon Goshin Aikido. Nihon Goshin Aikido was founded by Shihan Shodo Morita in Japan in the 1940s. It was brought to the United States in 1963 by Shihan Richard A Bowe. The book is presented by the senior instructors of the Nihon Goshin Aikido Association.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace and Nihon Goshin Aikido Association
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1492262668
  • ISBN-13:  9781492262664
  • Pages: 190
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Journey to the Heart of Aikido: The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei

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From the Publisher:  Journey to the Heart of Aikido presents the teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei, one of the few remaining direct students of Morihei Ueshiba, the legendary founder of Aikido. After a lifetime of practice and teaching in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Anno Sensei conveys through his teachings Aikido’s essential spirit of love, harmony, gratitude, and purification with simple authenticity and eloquence. Author and translator Linda Holiday–herself a senior instructor of Aikido–brings to life the intimacy of this communication through translated discourses on the deep practice of Aikido and candid dialogues between Anno sensei and Western students.

Journey to the Heart of Aikido includes Linda Holiday’s vivid account of her adventure as a young woman studying Aikido in the mystical region of Kumano, Japan, in the 1970s, and a poignant telling of Anno sensei’s life and his first-hand experience of training with Aikido’s founder. An essential resource for the global Aikido community, Journey to the Heart of Aikido also offers spiritual teachings relevant to all contemporary seekers, touching a wide range of themes such as the meaning of martial arts, the integration of body and spirit, the truth of interconnectedness, and the practice of peace, offering all readers insight into the profound spiritual questions at the heart of life.

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  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1583946594
  • ISBN-13:  9781583946596
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00BVJFNQK
  • Pages: 376
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book

Aikido: Step by Step

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From the Publisher:  Aikido is an ancient Japanese martial art based on natural body movements and the unity of mind and body, which restrain or throw opponents by utilizing the power of their own energy. Illustrated step-by-step sequences demonstrate postures, movements, pins, falls and throws, showing both solo and paired exercises. A perfect guide for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

  • Publisher: Lorenz Books
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 0754828441
  • ISBN-13:  9780754828440
  • Pages: 128
  • Available Bindings: Jacketless Hardcover

Nothing Works: Meditations on Aikido, Buddhism, the Tao, Zen, and other Inconsequential Things…

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From the Publisher:  Nothing Works is a book of blending, similar to the practices and philosophies that are the subject of the poems. The poems reflect personal study, thought, and practice in Aikido, Buddhism, meditation, yoga, the Tao, and Zen, combined with a Western overview. The poems are heavily influenced by the styles of classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, particularly the landscape tradition of Chinese poetry of Mountains-and-Rivers, which emphasizes the wilder aspects of landscape, and with Fields-and-Gardens,representing the more domestic aspects of landscape. The author has added a third category he calls Concrete-and-Steel, based on a more modern, urban perspective, but still inspired by and honoring the prior Chinese poetic traditions.

  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp.
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 1465371141
  • ISBN-13:  9781465371140
  • Pages: 118
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Nothing Special: Further Meditations on Aikido, Buddhism, the Tao, Zen, and Other Inconsequential Things…

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From the Publisher:  Nothing Special is similar to its previous companion volume, Nothing Works; it is a book of personal examination and exploration, the outcome of which is a collection of poems that blends personal tales of discovery and direct experience, with more distant and imagined poems in Aikido, meditation, and Eastern thought in general, viewed through a Western lens. The author’s first hand, direct experience comes across in his writings. There is nothing heavy, ponderous or pretentious here, just simple poems attempting to clarify and elucidate sometimes complex concepts. Readers that are familiar with the topics covered will likely see their own experiences echoed here. Jim has a long-term interest in the martial arts and has been studying and practicing Aikido for about sixteen years, in which he holds a dan ranking.

  • Publisher: Wasteland Press
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1600479111
  • ISBN-13: 9781600479113
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00FBTR7II
  • Pages: 132
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle

Aikido in Japan and the Way Less Traveled

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(From the Publisher):  “Set against the calendar of annual events at the Aikikai World Headquarters Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Aikido in Japan and The Way Less Traveled is a martial arts adventure in Japan and beyond to South East Asia, Korea and even The People’s Republic of China. It’s is a fantastic journey of self-discovery and personal development that continues to unfold – a path that is open and accessible to anyone who merely chooses The Way less traveled.”

  • Publisher: Budoka Books
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • ISBN-10:  0615950140
  • ISBN-13: 9780615950143
  • Pages: 379
  • Available Bindings: Paperback