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Morihei Ueshiba is rightly known as one of the world's greatest martial artists for his creation of aikido, the synthesis of his superb technique and his profound spiritual insight into the nature of the universe. Aikido is much more than just another fighting style, it is a holistic approach to life that Morihei described as "a divine path inspired by the gods that leads to truth, goodness, and beauty." Sadly, Morihei left few writings to explain his martial arts philosophy, preferring to teach his disciples by direct example. Aikido students will be familiar with photographs and film footage of Morihei as an old man, effortlessly defeating his much younger opponents, but very little has been published about Morihei's prewar years, when he was perfecting aiki-budo, as aikido was then known. In 1938 Morihei wrote Budo (Martial Way) as an instruction manual and a statement of the aims and spirit of his martial arts philosophy. Budo, however, was never made available to the general public, and it even contains the injunction that "these techniques ... should not be disclosed indiscriminately to the public." Now with the worldwide popularity of aikido rivaling that of judo and karate-do, the Aikikai Foundation and the Ueshiba family have decided that it is time for this historic treatise of the martial arts to be translated into English, and made available to general readers and students of aikido all over the world. Reproduced faithfully from the original, this seminal work contains one of the founder's few personal statements of his basic principles, expressed both in prose and mystical poetry. The text is accompanied by photographs of Morihei illustrating the aikido techniques he describes. This martial arts classic is preceded by an introductory biographical essay on Morihei by his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the present chairman of the Aikikai Foundation. This enlightening work recounts the founder's early life, his inspirational 'encounter with the religious mystic Onisaburo Deguchi, and the spiritual revelations that led him to develop the art of aikido. The volume concludes with a series of action photographs of the founder demonstrating aikido techniques, taken at a private dojo in Tokyo in 1936. This section also includes selected photographs of Morihei in action in 1951. The more than 400 historic photographs shown here provide an unequalled opportunity to observe the lifelong devotion to aikido and the continuity of performance that characterized Morihei's approach to his art.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.75" Height: 10" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 1996
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770020708 ISBN13 9784770020703
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More About Morihei Ueshiba & Kisshomaru Ueshiba
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Budo Teachings of the Founder of Aikido Ueshiba (Best Karate)?
Respect Aug 2, 2008
OK, before I see any more 3, 4 stars on this review, understand... This IS the original Morihei Ueshiba work (translated of course) not recommending this book for any reason is like not recommending the bible to a Christian. Of course over the years there is over a hundred texts with wonderful pics and illustrations which is what he would have wanted anyway however this book is what it is. Like the bible or Magna Carta it is the fundamental document and should not get any rating other than 5 stars, especially by an AIKIDOKA regardless of Kyu or rank. Anything less would highly disrespectful. "ATIAVAJM"
Budo Nov 13, 2007
It's got some interesting takes on Aikido, and some really good photos of O Sensei, but I felt that it wasn't put together cogently, or at least enough to keep my attention. If you like Aikido, I would recommend getting 'the art of peace' before I would recommend this work.
Budo Jan 13, 2007
Books to do with Morihei Ueshiba are a must for the Aikido student, this book is loaded with great text and photos. Also recommend "The Art of Peace".
Budo: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido Jan 11, 2007
This is a fascinating book about the life of O'Sensei, arguably the best martial artist of his time, and the founder of the Art of Peace--Aikido. I believe every serious aikido student should read this book. The photographs and stories help to humanize the reality of this man. Far from diminishing his legend, the book reveals just how impressive in reality this man was both physically and spiritually, especially in light of the personal tragedies and hardships he faced and overcame.
I originally bought this for my best friend... Mar 18, 2003
I originally bought this for my best friend, a random gift. He use to practice Aikido when he was younger and I was hoping to get him interested in it. However the book never left my house because I read the book and decided to keep it for myself. Greedy? Sure. The book is very nice because of the way it is written. It shows poetry written by O'Sensei as well as a brief story of his life. The most interesting part however is the fact that the person who created Aikido appears in the techniques. He is, by the looks of it, in his 30s and 40s, so he does not resemble the famous old man that people reconize. The photos, for there age, are quite detailed. I recommend this for any martial artist.