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on 8 September 2003
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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on 20 May 1998
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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on 5 November 2015
Morgan recommended I read this book while he had me locked in a basement.
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on 13 June 1999
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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on 1 July 2015
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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on 11 April 2013
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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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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on 14 October 2015
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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on 2 May 2015
Anyone can find this book useful, and it fits in your pocket. It's not that hard to get in touch with what all the quotes are about. I wouldn't take it any of it too religiously, because of what one of the quotes of the book says: sincerity, one of the highest virtues. Sincerity means being sincere, true to yourself. And another quote, about there being many ways to the top of the mountain, but only one top. Ueshiba's was only one of the myriad ways.

I've read Edgar Cayce's works, or Kevin J. Todeschi who wrote on his behalf, and practised tai chi, meditation and dwelled into plain real spirituality. This is a very useful book for anyone who wants to improve their own life, it gives you very simple tools for that. Best you can get for such a small price. Basic guidance, for anything. I use it to get along better in the dating scene, it works there too.

Get it, you won't regret it.
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on 7 July 2009
This book, much like the Tao Teh Ching offers a brief, poetic and profound verse on each page to be meditated on. In times of confusion and doubt, this book has proven to be a source of inspiration and encouragement for me. You don't need to be a student of Aikido or the martial arts at all to gain from this book.
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