Aikido and the Harmony of Nature [NOOK Book]

Overview

Here is a unique approach to the teachings of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei
Ueshiba, as interpreted by his direct student of fifteen years. Mitsugi Saotome examines the spiritual philosophy of the Founder, the warrior ideals of feudal
Japan as the basis of his martial arts philosophy, and the scientific principles underlying the philosophy ...

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Aikido and the Harmony of Nature

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Overview

Here is a unique approach to the teachings of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei
Ueshiba, as interpreted by his direct student of fifteen years. Mitsugi Saotome examines the spiritual philosophy of the Founder, the warrior ideals of feudal
Japan as the basis of his martial arts philosophy, and the scientific principles underlying the philosophy of Aikido technique.

The author shows that the physical movement of Aikido is the embodiment of principles of the spirit. Negative force is not countered with aggression but is controlled and redirected through the power and balance of spiral movement.
This is the shape of Aikido and the dynamic shape at the foundation of all energies of existence. Aikido movement can only be understood from its roots in universal law and the processes of nature. The sincere practice and study of
Aikido deepens our appreciation for the perfection of nature's balance and brings us back into harmony with our environment, other people, and ourselves.

Abundantly illustrated with the author's drawings, diagrams, and calligraphies, as well as photographs demonstrating Aikido techniques, the book also offers a history of
Aikido, personal anecdotes about the Founder, and translations of several of his lectures.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Anyone with an interest in Asian culture and philosophy will also find it interesting and entertaining. Over the years I have heard many people ask, 'What is Aikido?' Mitsugi Saotome has provided us with a well-written and thorough answer."— Pacific World

"Aikido and the Harmony of Nature reveals the profound philosophical and ethical principles embodied in the art of Aikido and relates those principles to the laws of nature. It is among the clearest, deepest, and most inspiring books ever written on Aikido or, for that matter, on any martial art."—Susan Perry, Editor-in-Chief, Aikido Today magazine

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834825840
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 509,655
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Mitsugi Saotome Sensei is the founder of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and the chief instructor at the Aikido Shobukan Dojo in Washington, D.C. He is also the author of The Principles of Aikido.

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Table of Contents

Dedication vii

Translator's
Note ix

Preface xi

Foreword by David Jones xiii

1.
His Story of the Founder 3

2.
Kannagara No Michi 19

3.
The Beginning of the Universe 35

4.
Perspective on Truth 59

5.
The Harmony of Nature's Justice 67

6.
The Justice of Nature's Harmony 95

7.
Aggression and the Evolution of Bujutsu 103

8.
Budo: The Education of Instinct 121

9.
Aikido: The Transmission of Truth 133

10.
Ki and Kokyu 149

11.
Marubashi: The Elements of Reality 163

12.
The Training Process 179

13.
The Education of an Uchi Deshi 237

14.
The Dojo: Spiritual Oasis 245

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