Over the course of Aikido training, a student will inevitably encounter many difficulties. For instance, practice partners may be ‘difficult’ or even deliberately obstructive, advice from senior students or teachers might be contradictory, practice principles may seem to be incomprehensible or unattainable, confidence in instructors may be questioned, and so on.
Following the same general format as “Aikido, Iron Balls and Elbow Power”, “Aikido Body, Mind and Spirit” explores a range of these problems and questions from the point of view of a student training with a fictional Aikido master instructor called Alex Essani. The conversations between Ian, the student, and Alex Essani, the teacher, are inventions that serve to examine training principles, practices and problems.
In this book Ian is introduced first to further ideas regarding Aikido practice in the dojo, building on the lessons he learned in “Aikido, Iron Balls and Elbow Power“. Subsequently he is encouraged to explore rather less pragmatic ideas relating to mind and spirit.
A bilingual Russian/English edition of this book (ISBN numbers 590599949X and 9785905999499) published by Typographia Naooka Rossiskoi Academy naook, 154 pages, is also available.
- Publisher: Koteikan Press
- Publication Year: 2012
- ISBN-10: 0953884856
- ISBN-13: 9780953884858
- ASIN (Kindle): B009EV9KT8
- Pages: 134
- Available Bindings: Paperback, Bilingual Paperback, Kindle