Aikido, the way of harmony
This definitive, profusely illustrated manual covers the essential elements of the philosophy and practice of Aikido, the Japanese martial art that has been embraced by modern psychology and many Western bodywork therapies. Useful to the beginner and experienced practitioner alike, the book details the traditional methods and techniques of Shirata Rinjiro, of whom John Stevens is a principal student. Noted for the precise execution of a wide range of techniques and an emphasis on Aikido as a spiritual path, Shirata Sensei's teachings exemplify the way of the warrior: superior technical prowess combined with profound spiritual insight. In addition to photographs and descriptions of all the important Aikido techniques, Stevens recounts interesting and lively anecdotes about the history of Aikido and its founder, Ueshiba Morihei, who developed it from a martial art into a spiritual discipline. A biography of Shirata Sensei, complete with his reflections on sixty years of Aikido practice, is also included.
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The Founder Ueshiba Morihei
Fifty Years of Aikido
The Heart of Aikido
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ai-hanmi Aiki Shrine Aikido techniques Aikido training atemi attack Ayabe body Body-technique breath breath-meditation budo Daito-ryu Daito-ryu Aiki-jutsu deliver atemi disciples divine Doshu earth elbow exhale Founder four-directions front grab his wrist gratitude grip gyaku-hanmi hanmi Harmony Hombu Dojo ikkyo inhale instructor irimi irimi-nage Iwama Iwama Dojo Japanese judo jujutsu Kaiten kami kendo kiai kimusubi Kobukan kokyu kote-gaeshi left foot left leg misogi move never nikyo O-sensei Omote Omoto Omoto-kyo Onisaburo opponent oshiki-uchi pinning technique posture practice of Aikido Rear Technique right foot right hand right leg Shiho-giri shiho-nage Shinto Shirata Rinjiro Shirata Sensei Shirata Sensei recalls Shirataki shomen-uchi side of uke Slide Sokaku stance Standing Kokyu-undo step back step forward student Suwari swing Sword-technique swords to strike Takeda Sokaku Takemusu Aiki Tanomo tenkan throw uke Tokyo training hall uchi-deshi Ueshiba Kisshomaru Ueshiba Morihei uke raise uke's arm uke's wrist withdraw the left withdraw the right Yokomen-uchi yonkyo