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On Mastering Aikido
     

On Mastering Aikido

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by Daniel Linden
 
On Mastering Aikido is the most dynamic and easily accessible book ever written about the mysterious Martial Art known as AIKIDO. Written in dialog form it covers the 8 principles of mastership through conversations conducted by legendary Aikido Master Daniel Linden and his senior students and friends. This book is not for beginners or the timid. It boldly strikes

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On Mastering Aikido is the most dynamic and easily accessible book ever written about the mysterious Martial Art known as AIKIDO. Written in dialog form it covers the 8 principles of mastership through conversations conducted by legendary Aikido Master Daniel Linden and his senior students and friends. This book is not for beginners or the timid. It boldly strikes out into areas other Aikido books have never touched and will advance most readers by a rank or two just from the reading. Sold now in over 50 countries it is a classic on the subject.

Editorial Reviews

C. Lariviere
Finally, a book on Aikido that is, unlike so many other Aikido books, completely readable. But more importantly, Daniel Linden Sensei's fresh approach to mastering Aikido is loaded with "satori". It is simply a must for anyone interested in Aikido or any other marshal art for that matter.

As a shodan from Montreal, Canada, I have read pleanty of Aikido books and studied with several teachers and I have never come across an approach quite like this. It's not that the concepts are entirel
Amazon.com - C. Lariviere
Finally, a book on Aikido that is, unlike so many other Aikido books, completely readable. But more importantly, Daniel Linden Sensei's fresh approach to mastering Aikido is loaded with "satori". It is simply a must for anyone interested in Aikido or any other marshal art for that matter.

As a shodan from Montreal, Canada, I have read pleanty of Aikido books and studied with several teachers and I have never come across an approach quite like this. It's not that the concepts are entirel
Amazon.com - A. Haider
This is not a beginners guide to Aikido. Not the History or Techniques of the art. This book is indended to lead the experienced Aikido practitionars to enlightenment.
Sensei Daniel Linden presents the advanced and sublte issues underlying the principles of Aikido, in western terms, terms that we can easily understand and relate to.

The book starts with the discussion of Ki, the mystical part of Aikido, and proceeds with other aspects of the principles, including Center, Nexus, Tech
A. Haider
This is not a beginners guide to Aikido. Not the History or Techniques of the art. This book is indended to lead the experienced Aikido practitionars to enlightenment.
Sensei Daniel Linden presents the advanced and sublte issues underlying the principles of Aikido, in western terms, terms that we can easily understand and relate to.

The book starts with the discussion of Ki, the mystical part of Aikido, and proceeds with other aspects of the principles, including Center, Nexus, Tech
Beverly Brian
I study tai chi and had barely heard of Aikido until I was urged by a friend to read On Mastering Aikido by Daniel Linden. Now I want to see if everything that Mr. Linden says about mastering the body's movements is as applicable to tai chi as it is to Aikido.
It seemed at times that he was talking about the same things that my teachers have tried to express for years and I was finally hearing and understanding. It is a man's book and has a masculine lean, but without ever being too heavy. M
Amazon.com - Beverly Brian
I study tai chi and had barely heard of Aikido until I was urged by a friend to read On Mastering Aikido by Daniel Linden. Now I want to see if everything that Mr. Linden says about mastering the body's movements is as applicable to tai chi as it is to Aikido.
It seemed at times that he was talking about the same things that my teachers have tried to express for years and I was finally hearing and understanding. It is a man's book and has a masculine lean, but without ever being too heavy. M
Thomas Edmund
I have an extensive aikido and martial arts library so I wasn't exactly sure what I would be getting when I'd ordered this book. Generally, books tend to be either technique-based or philosophy-based. This was more along the latter however, it managed to make the connection between technique and the philosophy/principles quite well. It was advertised for advanced students and I definitely agree since I know that I would not have been ready for this if I was just a beginner. Having said that, its
Amazon.com - Thomas Edmund
I have an extensive aikido and martial arts library so I wasn't exactly sure what I would be getting when I'd ordered this book. Generally, books tend to be either technique-based or philosophy-based. This was more along the latter however, it managed to make the connection between technique and the philosophy/principles quite well. It was advertised for advanced students and I definitely agree since I know that I would not have been ready for this if I was just a beginner. Having said that, its
Amazon.com - Paul Damon
Thirty years ago I read a book called 'The Ultimate Warrior' written by a man who had studied a bit of esoteric knowledge and used it in the gym to enhance his performance. The knowledge spilled over into his every day life and enhanced that as well. This book has stayed with me for all these years and I have kept going back to its many messages.

It could have been Linden Sensei doing the teaching. On Mastering Aikido is the first thing I have read in three decades that has been as powe
Paul Damon
Thirty years ago I read a book called 'The Ultimate Warrior' written by a man who had studied a bit of esoteric knowledge and used it in the gym to enhance his performance. The knowledge spilled over into his every day life and enhanced that as well. This book has stayed with me for all these years and I have kept going back to its many messages.

It could have been Linden Sensei doing the teaching. On Mastering Aikido is the first thing I have read in three decades that has been as powe

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011818288
Publisher:
Linden Tree Press
Publication date:
10/07/2004
Series:
The Master's Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
225
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Mr. Linden Lives in Maine. His farm in the Central Highlands is remote and yet closes to the towns of Sangerville and Dover/Foxcroft. He writes, builds guitars and mandolins and travels a great deal with his wife.

Daniel Linden Sensei is master instructor of Shoshin Aikido Dojo. Training in Martial Arts for over 50 years, Linden Sensei has been teaching Aikido for over 35 years. He is ranked rokudan from Hombu Dojo. (6th Dan). Mr. Linden is also Master of Modern American Martial Art Systems, a teaching program that welcomes all martial artists and styles while still using aikido as the most powerful mitigating factor.

Sensei Linden has many interests that spill over into the teaching of his art. The Dojo has a luthiery studio and Mr. Linden builds custom mandolins, guitars and violins. He also plays guitar, mandolin, and violin for The Rocky Mountain Memory Show which performs on local and national tours. He is an avid traveler along with his wife Laurie and has seen the Anatolian Deserts, the High Himalaya and the Cities of Europe.

In his career as a Security Specialist for the City of Orlando he has been on special assignment to the F.B.I., Orange County, The F.D.L.E. and has served with the Presidential Detail of the United States Secret Service under three presidents.

His literary work includes

On Mastering Aikido,
Journey- On Mastering Ukemi
The Content of Character
The Aikido Caper - A Parker Mystery
The Aikido Ka - A Parker Mystery
Aikido Anejo - A Parker Mystery
Aikido Avatar - A Parker Mystery

Mr. Linden is currently writing a mystery series featuring a private detective, Parker, who is a down and out aikido instructor forced to go back to his day job... solving mysteries. He is also researching the invasion of North Africa in order to begin the prequel to The Content of Character, (suggested title - A Gibson on Flander's Hill) scheduled for 2015.

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On Mastering Aikido 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
C-Wall More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend Dan Linden's On Mastering Aikido. I found that his unique look and approach in describing this martial art was both compelling and informative. Throughout the book he uses real examples and stories to inform the reader on both fundamental and advanced practices. I personally found his ideas were extremely helpful in my practice and have already shared this with my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your serious about training in AiKIDO, this book is for you. Mr Linden writes from his vast knowledge of this complicated art while masterfully transforming it into an easy read. You'll feel like your spending a casual one on one question and answer with the writer. I have two of these books, one worn out from continuous reading, and the other as a found treasure. RR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with an authentic feel founded in what reveals itself as genuine through the author's experiences. While I may only be a 4th kyu in Aikido, I have sought, through my martial training over the past twenty-five years, the information offered by Linden Sensei in many other writings. It is easily arguable that most martial arts may be interwoven through hints of elements often thought of as unique within a particular style. While the author focuses on Aikido, his words, descriptions, teaching ideologies, and authenticity help to reveal the nuances that are convincingly present in most styles. The lack of emphasis on the "magic" or "mysterious secrets of Ki" often stabbed at by non-aikidoka is most welcome in this presentation focused primarily on the truth behind aikido and how it works. Any practicing martial artist will appreciate Linden's writing and teaching style as the book certainly offers an inside look at Aikido and what a true master of the art is and how humble he is in recognizing the possible growth of a student as building on what has been taught and the evolution of said teaching. The "nexus", unlike Ki, seems possible, attainable, and, quite frankly, believable thanks to Linden Sensei and his book, On Mastering Aikido. Good luck, good reading, and never give, up as one can only attain through continued seeking.
ErikGuzman More than 1 year ago
I'm a 4th degree black belt in Aikido and I've read my fair share of martial arts books. Many either read like wiring instructions for a home entertainment system, or they're esoteric to a fault. Not this one. On Mastering Aikido takes a complicated martial art and breaks it down into principles that are easy to understand for the practiced and the uninitiated. But more than that, the author entertains while he enlightens. I love the use of dialog! Don't get me wrong, this book won't make you an instant master, but it will light the path for the journey of a lifetime. Linden Sensei has really given us something special here. I can't recommend On Mastering Aikido highly enough.
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