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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (1 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877738513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877738510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 11.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This small, elegant book is filled with the wisdom and artistry of a great man. This collection of Morihei Ueshiba's sayings and poetry resonates with deep meaning, making this a gem of a book. The book itself is of very high quality--compact and well-bound, with clear print and beautifully reproduced images of Ueshiba's calligraphy. A CD of the book, read in a clear, calm voice, is also a very nice inclusion. It is an important collection for the reflective artist, and practically applicable to those intent on living a grounded, sensitive life."--"Journal of Asian Martial Arts"

This small, elegant book is filled with the wisdom and artistry of a great man. This collection of Morihei Ueshiba s sayings and poetry resonates with deep meaning, making this a gem of a book. The book itself is of very high quality compact and well-bound, with clear print and beautifully reproduced images of Ueshiba s calligraphy. A CD of the book, read in a clear, calm voice, is also a very nice inclusion. It is an important collection for the reflective artist, and practically applicable to those intent on living a grounded, sensitive life. "Journal of Asian Martial Arts""

About the Author

Morihei Ueshiba (18831969) was the founder of Aikido. At age eighteen, Ueshiba joined the Japanese military, during which time he also developed his skills in the martial arts. He eventually left the military, deeply discouraged by the death and destruction that results from combat. Ueshiba continued to experiment with a variety of martial arts, finding particular joy in the spiritual aspects of martial arts. He came to believe that a real warrior was one who was rooted in love, and it was in this spirit that he began to develop Aikido, a martial art that emphasizes harmony and the peaceful resolution of conflict."


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Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, was in my view one of the greatest martial artists of all time. Although being a man of peace, he fully understood where and when force must be used, and even as an old man of 81 he could take on almost any number of opponents, defeat them, but leave them unharmed.
He was a man totally in control of his life and destiny and this book is full of quotes and short poems that he based his life upon. Instead of teaching you how to deliver fast and deadly kicks, Morihei Ueshiba believed that if you trained enough, were confident in yourself, and were in tune with your suroundings, then you can take on anybody.
This is a book for anybody, you do not have to practice aikido, or any style of martial art for that matter, it is a book explaining Morihei Ueshiba goverend his life and how he believed everybody should live theirs.
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In this little book, the founder of one of the world's most effective martial arts, Aikido, explains the philosophy that led him to take the brutal bone-crunching techniques of juijitsu, the head slicing strokes of Yagyu ryu kenjutsu, and other deadly arts and transform them into gentle, nonviolent ways of resolving conflict. A very worthwhile read. I guarantee you'll learn something.
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Morgan recommended I read this book while he had me locked in a basement.
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By A Customer on 13 Jun. 1999
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Short sayings by Morei Ueshiba. A perfect book for looking up the quote of the day. Very useful for friendly warriors and all kinds of peace-makers.
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Wisdom can so easily seem like platitudes - because after all, the wise thing is often obvious - particularly if the individual personality of the wise person fails to come through. So whilst I don't necessarily disagree with this, it isn't telling me anything I didn't already know. If you've seen a few Kung Fu films you could probably write it yourself. Possibly it is not a fair reflection of Ueshiba*, who did not compile the book, but I get the impression of somebody who has an unrealistically big idea of himself.

If you're the kind of person who buys those 'inspirational quote' transfers for the kitchen wall, you'll probably love it.

*ETA: I read recently that he was actually a great advocate of Japanese Imperialism and expansionism in the 30s & 40s - so there you go, peace guy...
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but not worth a buy unless youre an intense student of either the martial arts or philosophy.... im sure it has its place and use for some people, but it offers very little in the way of actual advice, it is at best a collection of esoteric musings
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By Orsolya Gyorfi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 May 2015
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Pocket book indeed! I was a little surprised how small it is, but it's neat. Glad I bought used one.
Some of the text may seem cryptic, others like poetry, but it's meant to be thought about and meditated on.
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This is a tiny little book of aphorisms which are OK. The book is tiny - not a normal size paperback with one aphorism on each page. Its OK but I was expecting something a little more detailed, practical and specific about the more spiritual side of martial arts. Maybe I had the wrong expectation.
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