The Principles of Aikido

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Mitsugi Saotome—a principal student of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido—explains the philosophy and practice of the popular martial art, which emphasizes harmony and peaceful resolution of conflict. Over one thousand photographs illustrate the basic principles and techniques, including the use if the wooden sword, the wooden staff, and "empty hand" techniques. The reader is given guidance in the proper physical, mental, and spiritual attitudes with which to approach this practice and in ways to apply the ...
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Overview

Mitsugi Saotome—a principal student of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido—explains the philosophy and practice of the popular martial art, which emphasizes harmony and peaceful resolution of conflict. Over one thousand photographs illustrate the basic principles and techniques, including the use if the wooden sword, the wooden staff, and "empty hand" techniques. The reader is given guidance in the proper physical, mental, and spiritual attitudes with which to approach this practice and in ways to apply the wisdom of Aikido to everyday life. Also included are lectures by the founder himself.

Explanation of the philosophy and practice of the popular martial art, which emphasizes harmony and peaceful resolution of conflict.

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"With the able assistance of editor Irene Wellington, Saotome has developed a series of clear and useful essays on how the traditional skills and habits of mind developed by the martial ways can be put to positive uses. . . . Saotome teases new meaning out of ossified terminology—or more to the point, restores original meaning to crusted-over concepts. And it is in such sections that the inherently fluid nature of thought rooted in the ideogram is most clearly conveyed."— In These Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877734093
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1989
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2006

    A must read for this art

    Written by one of the closest students to the arts creator, this book is a must for insight into the art itself. The pictures are helpful, but more so a testament to the author's authenticity and lineage. This art truly took shape after WWII in Japan, and the author being young and a vlose student of the creator was there to experience the beginnings.

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