The author, a very widely respected martial artist, has selected a number of “teaching tales” from Asian traditions. These deal with the relationship of master and disciple, the nature of dedication, the analysis of goals, the meaning of awards, and other “internal” issues. The author ends his Introduction with, “Let us now attend to the heart of the matter, as we recognize that the growth of art flowers exclusively from within. This book will speak to all true seekers of the essence of martial-arts training, be they from West or East.” Republished in 2002.
John Denver (yes, the singer), who wrote the foreword, says, “In this book, Tom shares his discoveries in the art of conflict resolution, gained, in part, through many years of studying and teaching the martial arts… Tom’s teaching goes beyond the traditional combative forms to show how the power of harmony and love can work in even the most difficult situations.”
Using anecdotes from his own journeys and from the extraordinary people he’s met around the world, Thomas Crum introduces the principle of centering, a skill for unifying body, mind and spirit. Centering enhances performance in sports — from the quality of your golf game to skiing particularly difficult terrain — results in greater productivity and power at the office, and allows you to let go of stress and insecurities in order to enjoy harmonious relationships. With specific exercises and detailed information on applying centering to all areas of life, this book provides a step-by-step guide to this unique skill for improving yourself and your life.
Notes: Not specifically Aikido, but from Aiki perspective – Available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.
Although the title might lead one to believe differently, this book is not technical in nature, but is a discussion of verbal, emotional and spiritual self-defense, using the aiki principles of harmony, perception and self-awareness. Minimally illustrated.
From the Publisher: In this volume, Ellis Amdur has radically reworked his iconoclastic essays first published on the website of Aikido Journal. Here, he attempts to establish the existence of something all but lost in Japanese martial arts – a sophisticated type of training, encompassing mental imagery, breath-work, and a variety of physical techniques that offered the practitioner the potential to develop skills sometimes viewed as nearly superhuman. Commonly referred to as “internal training,” and usually believed to be the provenance of Chinese martial arts, Amdur asserts that not only was it once common among many Japanese martial traditions, but elements of such training still remain, passed down in a few martial arts – literally “hidden in plain sight.” As always, Amdur reminds us that this is a human endeavor and he provides vivid, even heartbreaking portrayals of some of the great practitioners of these skills, men who devoted their lives to an obsessive pursuit of power.