Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction

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Tuttle Publishing, Jul 1, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction provides a complete foundation in the practice of one of the most distinctive and effective Japanese martial arts. Aikido was created in Japan in the 1920's by Morihei Ueshiba, also known as Osensei. To possess the skills, techniques and attitude of the true practitioner of aikido, one must achieve a very high level of integration of the powers of mind and body, the harmonious combination of physical means and ethical motives. By controlling body position and learning how to harmonize vital physical and mental powers, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art.

Written and illustrated by husband/wife team, Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere, with over 1,200 illustrations, includes many Aikido techniques in chapters such as:
  • What is Aikido?
  • The Foundations of Aikido
  • The Practice of Aikido
  • The Basic Techniques of Neutralization
  • Advanced Practice
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Review: Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction

User Review  - Andreas Michaelides - Goodreads

I read a lot of books about Aikido, but this book I think in my humble opinion covers Aikido from all angles. It's perfect both for the beginner and also for the advanced student. It's a must book for everyone that is fortunate enough to add Aikido in his/her life. Highly recommended. Read full review

Review: Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction

User Review  - Shane - Goodreads

I am more into krav maga now than Aikido. I still think Aikido can be valid, but I think the training methodology lacks realism needed to inculcate practitioners against real world threats and stress. Still, this is a great book for any Aikido practitioner. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Oscar Ratti received his degree in classical studies and law from the University of Naples where he was intercollegiate Greek-Roman wrestling champion and a member of the championship judo team. He later came to the United States and began to study aikido with Yasuo Ohara, one of the first instructors to teach in New York.

Adele Westbrook studied philosophy at Columbia University at the same time co-authorOscar Ratti was doing graduate work in the classical languages. They began to practice aikido together, and while studying under a variety of instructors in the United States and Europe, started the collection of notes and sketches which finally developed into this illustrated introduction to the art of aikido.

They also authoredSecrets of the Samurai, and Mr. Ratti, now deceased, also provided the illustrations forCode of the Samurai, both available from Tuttle Publishing.

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