The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei Paperback – 30 Jul 2000
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From the Back Cover
In The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei, renowned spiritual and martial arts teacher George Leonard brings together his extraordinary knowledge and experience in a book that translates the principles of aikido directly into our everyday lives.
In its essence, aikido is more philosophy and meditation than a technique or a series of purely physical maneuvers. Leonard shares with readers the secrets of this remarkable Eastern philosophy, which is the basis for the most radical and demanding of all martial arts. Through mind-body exercises inspired by aikido yet designed for non-aikidoists, he demonstrates the fundamental understanding behind aikido and shows how it can be applied to our daily existence to help set us on the path to composure, self-sufficiency, and spiritual centeredness.
Combining illuminating personal anecdotes with practical advice, this award-winning author describes the ways in which aikido can help turn life's unanticipated blows into gifts and transform discord into harmony, anxiety and pain into vital energy. Exhilarating, enlightening, and filled with unique wisdom, The Way of Aikido is an inspiring lesson in balance, confidence, and power.
About the Author
GEORGE LEONARDwas a writer, editor, and educator, who introduced Leonard Energy Training (LET), a practice for centering the mind, body, and spirit, to more than 50,000 people in the United States and abroad. He was the author of a number of books on human possibilities and social change, as well as President Emeritus of theEsalen Institute, President of the Association forHumanistic Psychology, and President of ITP International. He died in 2010."
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Top Customer Reviews
It goes on about how we're one with the universe and tells stories of how some of the best Aikido practitioners of the past have done seemingly impossible (and probably actually impossible) things because of their understanding of Aikido & blending, which doesn't make any sense to anyone who critically thinks about what happens in the world and wants to understand rather than wrapping everything in magic that you just have to believe in.
This really isn't a book for me, but I gave it two stars as I can see if you believe in this sort of thing that you may well find it interesting. You'll have to forgive me for my ignorance here as this is probably going to be an unfair generalisation but I don't know much about this way of thinking so don't know how else to phrase it but if you're the type of person who believes in healing stones & being one with the universe or anything along those sorts of lines this could well be a great book for you.
Although Leonard Sensei speaks specifically of the art of Aikido, the philosophy that he expounds goes to the very heart of all martial arts. Do not be put off by the word "Philosophy": this book is packed with down to earth explanations, examples, and practical suggestions. I found that it was impossible to put it down, and keep returning to it. Like all great books, there is something more to be learnt each time that you return.
I find it hard to believe that there is anyone with an open mind who could fail to learn something from this eminent taecher.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew nothing about Aikido (and still know very little) but this book inspired me, and I don't often say that.Published on 16 May 2014 by Middle Sister
Hi! I am currently a student in the martial arts, and have been for nearly 6 years. This book is wounderful and I think that anyone who is interested in the art of Aikido should... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 1999
I have been a student of Aikido since 1988. Though I have only spent 5 of those 11 years on a mat in training, I carry the philosophies of Aikido with me in every aspect of my... Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 1999