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The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba [Paperback]

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Collects the writings of one of the greatest martial artists and spiritual teachers of the twentieth century

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For the first time in English, 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 twentieth 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 Morihei 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 Over two hundred hitherto unpublished photos of Morihei in action from his earliest days as a teacher of the martial arts to his last years as a master of Aikido complete this detailed survey of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.
A major contribution to a field that until recently has remained elusive to Western readers, The Essence of Aikido is an inspiring study of the spiritual and physical elements in Aikido, providing an important resource for martial arts practitioners and philosophy students alike.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.5" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 1999
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  477002357X  
ISBN13  9784770023575  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was the founder of Aikido. At age eighteen, Ueshiba joined the Japanese military, during which time he also developed his skills in the martial arts. He eventually left the military, deeply discouraged by the death and destruction that results from combat. Ueshiba continued to experiment with a variety of martial arts, finding particular joy in the spiritual aspects of martial arts. He came to believe that a real warrior was one who was rooted in love, and it was in this spirit that he began to develop Aikido, a martial art that emphasizes harmony and the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Morihei Ueshiba was born in 1883 and died in 1969.

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > Eastern
2Books > Subjects > Sports > General
3Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Martial Arts > Aikido
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Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba  Nov 4, 2006
If you are looking for a book on technique this isn't it, but a good overview of Ueshiba's philosophy of life.
This is a classic  Dec 6, 2005
This book is a must have. The material on the lesser known spiritual origins of Aikido is something that few books discuss, on a subject that few aikidoka fully understand. If you don't have this book, you don't have an Aikido library.
Ueshiba Essence and his spiritual writings!  Jun 13, 2001
For those martial artists who admire Morihei Ueshiba and fans of the editor/writer John Stevens. I appreciated the interesting portfolio of ancient aikido art, photos of the founder of AIKIDO and his "dynamic quality," DOKA. I very much enjoyed Ueshiba's japanese poetry and the valuable interpretations of his exotic poems. One may imagine learning some new insights into the fascinating art of aikido and spiritual poems of Ueshiba. World Class Aikido book! Mostly about the ESSENCE without the

aikido instruction type of book!

A serious study of Aikido with scholarly precision.  Jan 24, 1998
A venture into the mysterious depth of Aikido. A must for all serious scholars interested in the study of O-Sensei's work and art. Unsuitable for half-hearted novices as most contents require critical study.

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