`A Life In Aikido' is the biography of Morihei Ueshiba as written by his son Kisshomaru. Originally written in 1978 and translated in 2008 this fine work is finally available for English speaking Aikidoka to enjoy. This follows the life of O Sensei and the development of Aikido in it's various guises. It is clearly written and Kisshomaru is both self deprecating and stringent in upholding the memory of his father. The chapters in the middle explaining O Sensei's time involved with Omoto became a little boring at times, only because it goes into great depth about the philosophy of Omoto and how Omoto developed, which didn't really add to the story of O Sensei's life. This is the only minor gripe. Kisshomaru goes to great length to ensure the many people who helped in the development and growth of Aikido are given credit and there are many names enclosed. The main strength of this book is the stunning photography which illustrate the book throughout. The images of O sensei and the those involved in his life make for wonderful viewing. If you'd like an alternative, slightly more coherent biography of Morihei Ueshiba then track down `Abundant Peace' by John Stevens, but for his sons insight and perception this can't be faulted. This is worth a look if you're a dedicated Aikido practitioner but if you have only a passing interest go for `Abundant Peace'. This also includes a preface by the third and current doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, the founders grandson. This is a classic Aikido text, which is happily translated at last.
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