From the Publisher: Japan’s violent history molded two of the world’s most fearsome warriors, the honorable and fearless samurai and the masterful and cunning ninja. These two warrior systems have been handed down for centuries independently, but now they have finally come together to form the most complete Japanese martial arts system ever assembled. Combining the mental training of honor and integrity mastered by the samurai warriors with the perseverance mentality of the ninja has created a martial art system known as Aiki Ninjutsu. This system takes the harmonious blending with as attacker’s energy or Ki and finishes the encounter with a bone breaking or pressure point attacking technique used by the legendary ninja warriors. Look behind the legends and lore and learn some of the secrets that have made these two warriors the most feared and respected in all of human history.
Basics, terminology, dojo etiquette, some historical and philosophical content. The book provides unbiased information on common etiquette, student responsibilities, dojo design, proper training apparel, the relationship between student and teacher and between students, training tools and weapons, rank examination, the Aiki spirit, and fundamental training concepts essential to learning Aikido and ultimately the Aiki way. Other topics include step-by-step pointers on selection and care of the uniform (the Aikido gi and hakama), equipment (Aikido weapons – jo and bokken), and the training facility (Aikido dojo). Grading and promotion examination details are covered for both beginning and advanced students, as well as student’s progressive responsibilities as they advance in rank and experience.
This English-translated Italian import is a thorough foray into the background and foundations of Daito-Ryu. There is historical content, and a measure of technical information. The Takeda line is well-described.
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.
Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
Publication Year: 2013
ASIN (Kindle): B00BVJFNQK
Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book
This book is basically a re-titled edition of the book “Aikido: The Peaceful Martial Art”.
This book represents the principles and basic concepts of Aikido – deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy and the refined ideals of the samurai. It is not a technical manual, but an exploration of the thoughts and theories at work in Aikido practice.
In this collection of essays Hoa Newens Sensei shares his insights on various aspects of Aikido training. The content of the essays is drawn from his forty-four years of experience in this martial art that is also known as the Art of Peace. These 31 essays were written over a period of fifteen years and were meant to guide Aikido students in the intangible aspect of Aikido practice. Subjects discussed include, among other things, conflict resolution, ultimate self-defense, kata practice, teachings of Morihiro Saito Shihan, and the concept of Rei in martial arts. Readers from all styles of martial arts and at all levels will find gems that will enrich their own training.
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.