The Structure of Aikido: Kenjutsu and Taijutsu Movement Relationships

The Structure of Aikido: Kenjutsu and Taijutsu Movement Relationships

by Gaku Homma, Emily Busch
     
 
In this remarkable interpretation of the foundation of Aikido technique, Gaku Homma focuses on the relationship between Japanese swordsmanship and open-hand movement, uniting historical tradition with the contemporary development of the art of Aikido. Although the study of Kenjutsu and Aikido have long been associated, this is the first book in which actual Aikido

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In this remarkable interpretation of the foundation of Aikido technique, Gaku Homma focuses on the relationship between Japanese swordsmanship and open-hand movement, uniting historical tradition with the contemporary development of the art of Aikido. Although the study of Kenjutsu and Aikido have long been associated, this is the first book in which actual Aikido techniques are related to sequences used with the sword. Sixteen hundred frame-by-frame photos mirror the movement shared by both arts.

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"As a martial arts teacher, I am very impressed with the clarity and reach of this book. Gaku Homma Sensei illuminates each technique in three contexts, showing us its nuance and value in different fighting situations. Any martial artist, no matter what style he or she practices, will be captivated by the originality of his approach and the practicality of his teaching."
- Kancho Joko Ninomiya, Grand Master of Enshin Karate

"Homma Sensei's powerful teachings are truly unique! His ability to instill discipline, self-confidence, balance, and focus go well beyond the mat. I've taken his insights to many heights, including the cockpit of Boeing 747!"
- Doug Kelly, Pilot/Instructor, United Airlines

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883319557
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,371,564
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Gaku Homma founded Nippon Kan Cultural Center, whose new 10,000 sq.ft. facility in Denver houses the largest traditional Aikido dojo in the Rocky Mountain region. He is the author of Aikido For Life, The Folk Art of Japanese Country Cooking, Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido Point of View, and Aikido Sketch Diary: Dojo 365 Days. He trained under Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, as well as other high-ranking instructors.

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