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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply. . .interesting
So far the best book I've read on Aikido (which is to say it is better than Kisshomaru's 'Aikido', though these 2 are absolutely different books). This gave me some idea of Aikido as Ueshiba might've seen it (through the perceptions of Saotome, of course), but, most of all, it was interesting. Some interesting stuff on Japanese history as connected with budo and also...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aikido and the Harmony of Nature
I'm sorry to be the voice of dissent with my review but I found `Aikido and the Harmony of Nature' to be a disappointing read, maybe all the more so after reading the other glowing reviews here. This book looks at Aikido philosophy and links it into themes of nature. The premise sounds great but it struggles hard to actually do it in practise. You get lots of spurious...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply. . .interesting, 24 Feb. 2002
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So far the best book I've read on Aikido (which is to say it is better than Kisshomaru's 'Aikido', though these 2 are absolutely different books). This gave me some idea of Aikido as Ueshiba might've seen it (through the perceptions of Saotome, of course), but, most of all, it was interesting. Some interesting stuff on Japanese history as connected with budo and also reading on the Founder's life & character that I found fascinating
If you're looking for technical info, though, don't buy this book. I'm a beginner of a few months, so I was able to grasp what was going on from the photos, but 1) for the 100% beginner, you won't understand what's going on 2) for others, technical instructions 'do it this way' is not what this book is about. There's a section in which a few techniques ARE described, but otherwise. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best book on Aikido phIlosophy!!!, 18 Sept. 2012
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This is the best book on Aikido philosophy I have ever read. It should be read by every Aikido student that wants to take a look in the teachings of Aikido regaring universal laws, life events etc. It can change the way you experience life and interact with people around you. Just excellent!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect state,fast delivery., 9 Jun. 2012
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I got my book today. It is in a perfect state,clean and looks like its brand new,and the delivery fast extremely fast.
I am very happy with my purchase.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The spiritual world of Aikido made accessible to Westerners, 23 Jan. 1998
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Taking the esoteric Shinto based beliefs of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, Saotome Sensei translates these ideas into Western terms using examples from natural science, physics, psychology, and mathematics. Not a technique book! This is the premier explanation of Aikido philosophy in terms comprehensible to the average Westerner.There are very few teachers who had more exposure to the Founder on a daily basis, training with O-Sensei for over fifteen years! If you only have one Aikido book, this should be it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book. Thank you, 30 Aug. 2014
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Fast delivery, wonderful book. Thank you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aikido and the Harmony of Nature, 9 Aug. 2009
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I'm sorry to be the voice of dissent with my review but I found `Aikido and the Harmony of Nature' to be a disappointing read, maybe all the more so after reading the other glowing reviews here. This book looks at Aikido philosophy and links it into themes of nature. The premise sounds great but it struggles hard to actually do it in practise. You get lots of spurious illustrations of aikido throws with swirling arrows that spin around strands of DNA, atoms or solar flares (for example), but these bare little relevance to both the text or the philosophy itself. They look like they mean something and are deeply profound or spiritual, but on closer analysis they really aren't. Whilst it's true that the spherical motion of Aikido techniques can find a mirror in nature, this book struggles to tie them together in any coherent or meaningful way. There is also far too much talk of God (although Saotome does specify that he doesn't mean any particular God) and how Aikido links you with him when Aikido is a non religious martial art, although it is deeply spiritual. The sections that recount the authors training with O Sensei are fascinating to read and some of the philosophy makes for interesting reading, although it tends to ramble after a while. If you are looking for a book on Aikido philosophy then I'd suggest you start with the excellent `Spirit of Aikido' by Kisshomaru Ueshiba and then come to this one way, way down the line. Some interesting parts and some of the photography redeemed this book from being a total washout, but it could have delivered so much more.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in the martial arts, 6 Jun. 1998
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This is the type of text that one can return to year after year and glean new information and insight each time it's read. A brilliant source of knowledge and inspiration!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required for all wants to understand the perfection of Aikid, 19 Aug. 1997
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Perhaps many practitioners nowadays consider Aikido as one of martial arts, one kind of Budo. But Aikido is much more. It's a perfect system to develop ourselves while help others, make the world better. This book of Saotome sensei clarifies the aim of Aikido giving its traditonal and spiritual roots originated from shinto. Obligatory for all aikidoka wants to live in the spirit of Aikido.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent discussion on the philosophies of Aikido., 9 Aug. 1996
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One of the highest ranking aikidoka in the world, Mitsugi Saotome has written an excellent text detailing the philosophies of Aikido. Memories of his past training bring to life Morihei Ueshiba's teachings. This is a great source for understanding the movements and philosophies of this new and great martial art.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book, 7 Oct. 1997
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This is an interesting overview of Aikido's philosophy, comparing it with science. I think that this book presents a studied conclusion on why the Founder's way of thinking is rooted on our physical reality.
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