Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essence of Aikido, 31 Jan 2009
By 
Spider Monkey (UK) - See all my reviews
(HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
`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.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 1 Nov 2012
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars A good'n, 13 Nov 2008
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all true Aikido followers., 11 Feb 2000
By A Customer
This book has some great photos and explains some of the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba in a very clear way. It is not as instructive as some of the better books on Aikido, but it is a must for all true Aikido followers.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for understanding Aikido., 6 Feb 2000
By A Customer
I found this book very interesting as an introduction into Morihei Ueshiba's philosophies and the nature of Aikido. It has some great photos, but is more of an introduction than an Aikido tutorial.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba by Morihei Ueshiba (Paperback - 8 Mar 2013)
£13.97
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews