This collection of writings on training in Aikido, a traditional mind-body art, comes from the perspective of two instructors, Michelle L. Tate and Lisa R. Tomoleoni, who see themselves as lifelong students of the art. Presented alternatively in pithy prose and delightful verse interspersed with excellent photographs, this book takes the reader through the authors’ journey of life lessons gained through sustained training. We get an insider’s view of training at the Aikido Hombu Dojo and in Iaido from Tomoleoni Sensei and glimpses of the landscape shaped by Aikido in Tate Sensei’s mind. What shines through the narration is their sense of gratitude for the art and their teachers. Together these two viewpoints combine to create a book that is hoped to be inspirational, and to share the growth, challenge, joy and fulfillment that this particular form of training has brought them, and continues to bring to their lives.
From the Publisher: “Is there a way to heal the modern heart and mind, a path that leads to interconnection, shared values, and the integration of the person? Can we learn to act as harmonious body-minds, seeking to create a better social and natural environment? This book charts a pathway through such difficulties. Professor David Shaner describes how to remain centered and focused; he edges the reader closer and closer to a life of joy, fulfillment, growth and social contribution. This is an important book for our times, for it seeks to help you connect with something larger than yourself.”
Subtitled “Seven Arts to Positively Transform Your Life”, this is not an Aikido book, but the author, a longtime direct student of Koichi Tohei, speaks to life fulfillment from a perspective full of aiki philosophy and principles.
In Tenchi (Heaven and Earth in Japanese) the author convincingly argues that the connection between mind and body is part of mankind’s natural heritage of power. The book consists of a series of essays that makes use of historical and contemporary material to show how that power has always been available as a free and natural resource.
The author draws on his own personal experience in both Zen and Aikido training over three decades to suggest that disempowerment is a matter of choice rather than fate. The book discusses what that power is, where it comes from and how to cultivate and use it responsibly.These essays will entertain and inform , while respectfully nudging the reader away from the entanglements inherent in the pursuit of the exotic and esoteric.
Tenchi argues that mankind is not an isolated creature, but part of a massive energy exchange system that we ignore at our peril. The author presents a view of man as an agent of power with the innate capacity to realise that power and the responsibility that comes with it.These essays challenge the reader to explore the legacy of power left to us by our forefathers.
Man stands in the centre between heaven and earth. This position endows us with a unique opportunity to draw power from nature, and to develop a natural store of energy, wisdom and compassion that can transform our relationships with each other and our environment. Tenchi is not a ‘how to’ book, but it does provide some simple mind body exercises that the reader can try out for themselves.
Tenchi points the way to a more expansive view of mankind through the practice of mind body training, and reminds us that the power that nature has bequeathed us is the only infinitely renewable resource that we have.
Although addressed particularly to Isshinkai Aikido students, Purpose & Practice speaks to all those interested in getting really good at what they do, whatever that may be. This book outlines some revolutionary ideas and a blueprint for excellence as applicable to organizations as it is for individuals. Based on a rich mixture of in-depth Aikido training, elite sports coaching and organizational development, Purpose & Practice makes the connections between extraordinary physical results, a radical philosophy behind them and organizational aspiration. Purpose & Practice is the companion to personal development and practice for Isshinkai Aikido students.
Aikido highlights the practices that do not injure or take people’s lives; it is different from other aggressive art forms. This skillfulness and actions which a person is trained in are created to deflect a person’s concentration or enfeeble that person.
Aikido Jinsei is the autobiography of Shioda Gozo, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. First published in Japan (Japanese language) in 1985, Shioda Sensei uses this book to share his experiences, his aikido and his way of life with his readers. Aikido Jinsei is remarkable for the author’s extremely candid approach. Throughout the book, Shioda Sensei openly shares his most personal experiences from his childhood, his time during the war and his training with the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei. He shares key insights about Aikido which he learned from Ueshiba Sensei and he clearly documents the events after the war which led to the establishment of the Yoshinkan and his own unique brand of Aikido.
Aikido Jinsei, along with its sister volume, Aikido Shugyo, are indispensable reading for anyone interested in the history of Aikido and the life of Shioda Gozo, one of the most dynamic martial artists of recent time. This first ever full and complete English publication includes a Foreword by the author’s son, Shioda Yasuhisa Sensei, Aikido Yoshinkan Soke.
This book is now available in English so that more people can benefit from the wisdom and insights found in the original book. It was originally written for his Japanese speaking students to help them get more from Aikido and Life. The book has the answers to questions that have been asked of Morito Suganuma Sensei as he traveled around the world teaching and demonstrating the ways of Aikido. Sensei hopes you will enjoy the wisdom found in it for many years to come.
From the Publisher: In this first full autobiographical work, the legendary aikido grandmaster Gozo Shioda tells of his exciting life. Born in Tokyo in 1915, Shioda excelled as a student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. He went on to win first place in the All Japan Martial Arts Exhibition in 1954; and later, founded the Yoshinkan school of aikido, considered a “hard” style for its rigorous training techniques and emphasis on correct form. In 1988, Shioda was awarded the title of Aikido Master by the International Martial Arts Federation. Over the course of his distinguished career, he also served as the chief instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the Air Self-defense Force, the Japanese National Railways, and a number of leading Japanese universities.
In Aikido: My Spiritual Journey, Shioda relates moving, personal anecdotes about Ueshiba and imparts what he learned from his mentor. He offers a concise overview of the key elements of aikido, including breath power, focused power, and the power of the center line. About 20 rare photos of the author, chronicling his life in aikido, are also included. Yasuhisa Shioda, the author’s son and himself a prominent figure in the aikido world, has contributed the Afterword to this volume.