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.
This book is about the unique person, my Master, Masatake Fujita-Sensei, Shihan Hombu Dojo, 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai.
Masatake Fujita Shihan is famous for his vigorous performing of the techniques. His teaching style is commonly known as “Fujita-Sensei’s theory of motion
(tai sabaki)“. In this theory, three elements are emphasized: posture, dodge and technical application. He introduced the progressive training method where
they first teach the proper posture and then the needed appropriate dodge for a favorable position which is the key to a successful performing of a technique.
I believe that Masatake Fujita-Sensei’s teaching, spiritual thinking will be passed on and acquainted with more people.
E-Book is also available from iBook and other online sources.
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.
This is not an aikido book, but the author is a noted Ki Society instructor, and the concepts discussed are, fittingly, in line with fundamental aiki concepts.
From the Publisher: Many businesses try to change, but few succeed. At best, a few buzzwords and new reports become part of the company’s structure. At worst, programs crash and burn, and the members of the organization become irreparably disillusioned with the revolving door of new-mission statements. According to David Shaner-a business consultant with a 100% success rate of change at companies including Duracell, Frito-Lay, Caesars Palace and Gillette-the problem is that those changes don’t address either individuals or the corporate culture. They’re only on the surface.
Combining lessons drawn from four decades of Aikido with knowledge gleaned from his 30-year consulting career, Shaner merges Eastern philosophy with Western business savvy to present his Seven Arts of Change (including the Arts of Preparation, Relaxation, and Compassion), showing how individual adjustments-from the CEO down-can transform a company. Using exercises, strategies, and real-life examples to show how to awaken the untapped potential in any organization and every person within it, Shaner shows how to create change built to last.
From the Publisher: This book is a thesis publication comprised of two of two main parts’ The first main part is based on the qualitative inquiry of twenty-three Aikido participants from different levels – beginner, intermediate, advanced, from three different dojos. Open-ended questions regarding the difference of Aikido from other sports are asked of the participants. Their written responses were coded, using qualitative methods. Based on coding of documents, labels, categories and themes have been generated. The second main part of the thesis is based on the discussion of those findings. The discussion between different levels, the comparison with other findings in Aikido literature was done. Lastly and largely, the position of findings and possible arguments they can generate in the Philosophy of Sports Literature are discussed.
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.
Jikishin Dojo Budo Kenshu – Study of the Martial Way is a unique account of the purpose, method and content of Budo study at Jikishin Dojo Auckland, New Zealand. It offers a very personal and open insight into the ideas, questions, and ever-changing thought processes that underpin practice at Jikishin Dojo, based on and partially combining the author’s research in Zen, Shiatsu, physiotherapy, Western philosophy, Aikido and many other martial arts. This research has inspired an ongoing review of Budo study, from its very fundaments to its diverse technical expressions. Consequently, Jikishin Dojo Budo Kenshu offers a renewed and fresh perspective on a wide array of topics pertinent to Aikido and Budo practice, including: – The conditioning of mind and body – The place of forms, techniques and gradings – The methods and concepts of teaching – The concept of Do, the Way – The workings of a dojo, and – the ethics of the Budo.
Not strictly Aikido, but outgrown from the Author’s personal Aikido training.
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.
The name of this book means “Bow to One Another” in Japanese. This site will provide the thoughts, feelings and experiences of an Aikido student. The Author is an Aikido Student of the Southern Maryland Aikido Center, a dojo in the United States Aikido Federation. He regularly submits Aikido Articles to the Southern Maryland Aikido Center Website and the United States Aikido Federation Newsletter (online). As you read these articles, you will find thoughts that point to an Aikido philosophy but you will also find that many of these thoughts contain a practical approach to a better life.