The Secrets of Aikido

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Shambhala, 1995 - Sports & Recreation - 150 pages
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Aikido is the "Way of Peace", a martial art aimed at harmonizing body and spirit with the natural forces of the universe. In The Secrets of Aikido, John Stevens explores the hidden teachings and deeper dimensions of Aikido, especially Aikido's spiritual wisdom as taught by its Founder, Morihei Ueshiba. The book explores practices for the purification of mind and body; the tantric dimension of Aikido, unifying masculine and feminine; the Aikido science of sound and how it parallels the use of mantras and other verbal practices in various spiritual disciplines; breathing techniques for calming the spirit and returning to the source of life; the six pillars of Aikido - physical techniques based on spiritual principles that link us to a higher realm of being. Included are over two hundred photographs, calligraphies, and other artwork, including many vintage photographs of Morihei himself teaching his students.

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MORIHEI UESHIBA, born in Western Japan in 1883, is the founder of the popular martial art of Aikido. After mastering classical styles of judo, kendo, and jujutsu, he created Aikido, based on the spiritual teachings of the Omoto-kyo religion. After the Second World War, Morihei established the
Aikikai Foundation to promote Aikido throughout the world. Morihei died in 1969.
The translator and compiler, JOHN STEVENS, is a professor of Buddhist studies and Aikido instructor at Tohoku Fukushi Daigaku in Sendai, Japan. He is the translator of Morihei Ueshiba's seminal work, Budo, and the author of several books on Aikido and Buddhism.

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