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The Essence of Aikido

Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Kodansha
 | 
March, 2013
ISBN:
9781568364698
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“Aikido has no set forms—it is the study of the spirit,” declared Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. The Essence of Aikido presents the profound philosophy of Aikido in Morihei’s own words, disclosing many of the arcane secrets of Aikido’s aims and methods. Considered by many to be the greatest martial artist and spiritual teacher of the 20th century, Morihei provides a wealth of clues to the often puzzling nature of the inseparable link between the physical and spiritual aspects of Aikido, revealing the heart of the peaceful warrior’s art.

Elegantly translated and compiled by John Stevens, translator of Morihei’s Budo, the first half of The Essence of Aikido presents the most comprehensive collection of the writings of Ueshiba ever published. Key concepts in Aikido philosophy, such as kototama (language of the spirit) and misogi (purification of body and mind) are discussed at length, profusely illustrated with Morihei’s mystical diagrams, spiritual poems, and fascinating calligraphy.

For Morihei, techniques were the means to express the spiritual principles of Aikido, and in the second half of The Essence of Aikido, John Stevens focuses on Morihei’s techniques. Over two hundred hitherto unpublished photos of Morihei in action from his earliest days as a teacher of the martial arts to his last years as a master of Aikido complete this detailed survey of the true nature of Aikido.

Morihei believed that “If you understand the principles of Aikido, you will be glad to be alive, and you will greet each day with great joy.”

This inspiring study of the spiritual and physical elements in Aikido provides an important resource for martial arts practitioners and philosophy students alike.

Also by John Stevens is Invincible Warrior: A Pictorial Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido.

Publisher’s Description: 

"Aikid? has no set formsit is the study of the spirit," declared Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikid?.

For the first time in English, The Essence of Aikid? presents the profound philosophy of Aikid? in Morihei's own words, disclosing many of the arcane secrets of Aikid?'s aims and methods. Considered by many to be the greatest martial artist and spiritual teacher of the twentieth century, Morihei provides a wealth of clues to the often puzzling nature of the inseparable link between the physical and spiritual aspects of Aikid?, revealing the heart of the peaceful warrior's art.
Elegantly translated and compiled by John Stevens, translator of Morihei's Bud?, the first half of The Essence of Aikid? presents the most comprehensive collection of the writings of Morihei Ueshiba ever published. Key concepts in Aikid? philosophy, such as kototama (language of the spirit) and misogi (purification of body and mind) are discussed at length, profusely illustrated with Morihei's mystical diagrams, spiritual poems, and fascinating calligraphy.
For Morihei, techniques were the means to express the spiritual principles of Aikid?, and in the second half of The Essence of Aikid?, John Stevens focuses on Morihei's techniques. Over two hundred hitherto unpublished photos of Morihei in action from his earliest days as a teacher of the martial arts to his last years as a master of Aikid? complete this detailed survey of the true nature of Aikid?.
A major contribution to a field that until recently has remained elusive to Western readers, The Essence of Aikid? is an inspiring study of the spiritual and physical elements in Aikid?, providing an important resource for martial arts practitioners and philosophy students alike.
 

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