The Secret Teachings of Aikido

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Aikido evolved from the rich martial traditions of Japan, and was developed by Morihei Ueshiba based on their profound philosophies. In this book, the author explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of that spirit. In unique and incisive language, Ueshiba discusses the arcane aspects of Aikido's aims and techniques, as well as the central importance of breathing, ki (chi), and Aikido's relationship to the spirit and body - these form the very essence of ...
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Overview


Aikido evolved from the rich martial traditions of Japan, and was developed by Morihei Ueshiba based on their profound philosophies. In this book, the author explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of that spirit. In unique and incisive language, Ueshiba discusses the arcane aspects of Aikido's aims and techniques, as well as the central importance of breathing, ki (chi), and Aikido's relationship to the spirit and body - these form the very essence of Aikido.

He goes on to consider the virtues of this revered martial art, urging the reader to link to the universe through Aikido, and ultimately to unify the divine and human. He also explains the essence of Takemusu aiki (valorous force of procreation and harmony), and Misogi (the ritual of purifying oneself).

The book includes many rare photos of the author - on both his techniques and his everyday life. Also included are his twenty-five doka (spiritual Japanese-style poems) in Japanese, English, and Romanization. The introduction was written by his grandson, Moriteru Ueshiba, the present Aikido Doshu.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568364469
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/26/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 696,354
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MORIHEI UESHIBA was born in Western Japan in 1883. After mastering the classical styles of judo, kendo and jujutsu, he created Aikido, an entirely original martial art, based on the spiritual teachings of the moto-kyo religions. Following the Second World War Ueshiba established the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo to promote the dissemination of Aikido throughout the world. He died in 1969.

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Table of Contents

Preface Moriteru Ueshiba Ueshiba, Moriteru 7

I Aikido Is the Study of the Spirit 9

II Aikido Is the Spirit of Love 27

III Takemusu Aiki 43

IV Aiki Is the Marvelous Functioning of Breath 63

V Link Yourself to the Universe 79

VI Misogi 99

VII Train to Unify the Divine and the Human 115

VlIl Doka [actual symbol not reproducible] 133

Note on the translation John Stevens Stevens, John 148

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    Hidden treasures revealed

    Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, reveals the hidden treasures hidden in each one of us. A real diamond in the world of books! Book that concentrates to the spiritual side of budo, teachings that unifies the reader to the other worlds and the universe inside of himself. Ageless writings that give fresh thingking in our modern material world which sees only the physical aspect of life.

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