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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha (8 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568364695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568364698
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1.8 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"... indispensable book for the serious aikidoka ... the best technical photos of the founder that I have ever seen...." -- Aiki News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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[The opening pages of Chapter 5.]

The Art of Aikido

Techniques are the vehicles used to express the spiritual principles of Aikido. They are not set forms since "change and adaptability are the essence of Aikido." Morihei did not say much about the technical aspects of Aikido training, for he believed, "If your heart is true your techniques will be correct."

The most thorough technical presentation of Morihei's techniques is found in his book Budo. In addition to further hints contained in the Budo, Morihei also emphasized the following basic points to his students regarding the execution of Aikido techniques:

"Even though our Path is completely different from warrior arts of the past, it is not necessary to abandon the old ways totally. Absorb venerable traditions in Aikido by clothing them with fresh garments, and build on the classic styles to create better forms.

"Our techniques employ four qualities that reflect the nature of our world. Depending on the circumstance, you should be: hard as a diamond, flexible as a willow, smooth-flowing like water, or as empty as space.

"The body should be triangular, the mind circular. The triangle represents the generation of energy and is the most stable physical posture. The circle symbolizes serenity and perfection, the source of unlimited techniques. The square stands for solidity, the basis of applied control.

"A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind. The key to good technique is to keep your hands, feet, and hips straight and centered. If you are centered, you can move freely. The physical center is your belly; if your mind is set there as well, you are assured of victory in any endeavor.

"Do not stare into the eyes of your opponent: he may mesmerize you. Do not fix your gaze on his sword: he may intimidate you. Do not focus on your opponent at all: he may absorb your energy. The essence of technique is to bring your opponent completely into your sphere. Then you can stand just where you !ike, in a safe and unassailable position.

"When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way."

As indicated in Budo, the techniques of Aikido are structured into six pillars:

Shiho-nage (four-directions throws)
Irimi-nage (entering throws)
Kaiten (open-and-turn movements)
Kokyu-ho (breath-power techniques)
Osae-waza (pinning techniques)
Ushiro-waza (rear techniques). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2009
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`The Essence Of Aikido' is a book of Morihei Ueshibas teachings as translated by John Stevens. It is the companion book to `Budo' also by Morihei Ueshiba but this one has more doka (songs of the path) and calligraphy, as well as numerous photos of O Sensei. Part 1 looks at Aikido cosmology, part 2 contains the doka in kanji, roma-ji and English, part 3 has calligraphy, part 4 looks at misogi purification and part 5 has extensive photography of O Sensei practising various techniques. Some of the philosophy is hard to grasp from an initial reading and this is good to come back to as you progress in your understanding and Aikido training. The information enclosed isn't essential for the physical aspect of Aikido training, but makes for an all round understanding of the martial art and adds to your overall training and development. This is probably best come to after you have been training for a while and wish to develop Aikido ideas further. This is an excellent source of photography of O Sensei and would make up the purchase price for this aspect of the book alone. A worthy addition to any Aikido bookshelf.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BanjoSteve on 1 Nov. 2012
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This is a very interesting book. As soon as I opened it and saw the Songs of the Path (100 of them, each a nugget of insight about aikido practice), I bought it straight away. There are also many photos of Morihei demonstrating in his younger days, which are a very interesting and useful resource. A particular favourite of mine is of him demonstrating the correct gokyo grip (p192), which seems to be a relatively rare technique in books on aikido. While the techniques in the photos are not explained in detail, there is still much to be learned from studying the photos. If you study aikido, this should be on your bookshelf.
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By Mr. M. Tyrrell on 13 Nov. 2008
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This is a great book for getting a glimpse into the slightly more esoteric side of the art. It's not as thorough as The Secret Teachings of Aikido, but it's a good stepping stone as the reader will be introduced to the sometimes confusing intellectual side of aikido.
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