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from cover Aikido Talks contains intreviews with prominent American Aikido students and teachers, who describe their experiences with Aikido's legendary founder, discuss Aikido's philosophy, explore the warrior spirit, and relate Aikido to such diverse fields as play therapy, law-enforcement, Taiko drumming, and community buliding. More than a 'martial arts' book, Aikido Talks reveals how Aikido, as a martial art and spiritual discipline, has changed the lives and thoughts of 20 extraordinary people. 'The movements of Aikido are like something out of a beautiful dream. God knows, I don't get it right all the time! But those moments when I don't have to think at all, when I'm just there in the eternal present and everything is harmony, are truly transformative.'-George Leonard 'At [a demonstration] at Hong Kong University, I told a 16-year-old Judo student to come at me at any time with a real knife. I told him that we might both get hurt but that I felt the demonstration had to show what a real, unrehearsed situation would be like. He Lunged in to stab me. I can see him now. The sun shone on the knife just like we were in a movie set. All the spectators drew in their breath and let out with a great shout when I took him down'-Virginia Mayhew 'O-Sensei would call some of us up as ukes, have us push against a bokken he was holding, and show that we couldn't move his arm. One time, when he called for ukes with a sweeping motion of his hand, I said to myself, 'What the hell, I'll go for it.' I came in between two people who were already pushing on his bokken, and I was really trucking by the time I got there...But, when I hit that bokken, it was like hitting a building. It shook me right down to the soles of my feet. I remember that feeling to this day-one of the biggest surprises in my life.'-Terry Dobson Susan Perry and Ronald Rubin, the Chief Instuctors of Musubi Dojo in Southern California, are the editors of Aikido Today Magazine.
Virginia Mayhew Pilgrim and Pioneer
Terry Dobson Onegaishimasu
Robert Nadeau Fire and Water
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