John Stevens is Professor of Buddhist Studies and Aikido instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan. He is the author or translator of over twenty books on Buddhism, Zen, Aikido, and Asian culture. He has practiced and taught Aikido all over the world.
Invincible Warrior: A Pictorial Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikidoby John Stevens
Invincible Warrior tells the fascinating story of the life of Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), whose quest for the true meaning of warriorship lead to the creation of the martial art called Aikido, "The Art of Peace." Ueshiba—whose name means "abundant peace"—is considered by many to be one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived. His/i>
Invincible Warrior tells the fascinating story of the life of Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), whose quest for the true meaning of warriorship lead to the creation of the martial art called Aikido, "The Art of Peace." Ueshiba—whose name means "abundant peace"—is considered by many to be one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived. His documented ability to disarm any attacker, throw a dozen men simultaneously, and down and pin opponents without touching them has accorded his life legendary status.
Invincible Warrior presents the real story behind Morihei's achievement, illuminating the man and his message. Stevens describes the people, events, and ideas that influenced Ueshiba's lifelong spiritual quest, which culminated in the development of unique teachings of Aikido. Illustrated with two hundred photographs of Morihei in action and filled with revealing anecdotes about his life and times, Invincible Warrior also offers valuable discussion of the Founder's conception of Aikido as a path of harmony and love, unifying body and mind, self and others, humans and the universe.
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A book great for someone just getting into Aikido and for those who've been around the block once or twice. Even though Mr. Stevens has written several biographies of O-sensei, the pictures make this one come alive. It's also a wonderful collection of pictures of a different world. It's easy to forget how much Japan, and our world for that matter, has changed since the turn of the 20th century, and how many of these important events O-sensei was around for. From his days in a wild Hokkaido to post-war Tokyo, we can see, and not just read, so much of the adventure of O-sensei's life. It's a real treasure for the casual and serious student of Aikido and history.
One of the most intriguing men I have ever read about. Not Just a martial artist but an enlightened man who knew God and Truth in their most simple and rewarding form. The life story of Morihei Ueshiba will challenge any person's faith and revolutionize what they beleive is possible. Some of the feats Morihei accomplishes with ease force one to face the fact that he had more than technical and physical ability, he was most assuredly tuned-in spiritually. Superb for anyone on a quest for knowledge and the unabridged truth.