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Remembering O-Sensei: Living and Training with Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido [Kindle Edition]

Susan Perry
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Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, is one of the greatest and most beloved martial artists in history. Remembering O-Sensei is a portrait of Ueshiba as told by his uchi-deshi, the students who lived and trained with him as his disciples. This collection of memories—gathered here for the first time—captures the essence of this extraordinary martial arts master and visionary, revealing Ueshiba's teaching style, his daily habits, his philosophy of life, the lovably human aspects of his personality, and his deep belief that Aikido could be used as a means to creating peace and harmony in the world.


The book also provides a snapshot of a fascinating time in Japanese history when a student would apprentice with his master by essentially moving in with him and receiving instruction through rigorous training sessions, and also by serving him and observing his actions in daily life. Most of the students whose remembrances are included in this book went on to spread the teaching of Aikido throughout the world and became masters in their own right.



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"Remembering O-Sensei is a remarkable book. As a wide variety of Aikidoists with a multiplicity of viewpoints give voice to their memories, an increasingly distinct and vivid image of this fascinating martial artist emerges. Reading this book, I came to know O-Sensei as never before. I literally couldn't put it down."—George Leonard, author of Mastery and The Way of Aikido.

"Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, was an invincible warrior, a true visionary, and great mystic but he was also a warm and compassionate human being. This collection of reminiscences by some of his closest disciples and acquaintances brings Morihei the man to life, and presents his inspiring message in a concrete and intimate manner. Remembering O-Sensei is a delight to read and a joy to contemplate."—John Stevens, author of Budo Secrets.

"Susan Perry has performed a valuable service by collecting personal experiences with O-Sensei from many of his students and the people who were privileged to meet him. Ms. Perry's collection shows his many faces and brings him alive to the students who are now studying Aikido and trying to follow in his footsteps."—Mitsugi Saotome, author of Aikido and the Harmony of Nature.

"Fascinating, inspiring, engaging, Susan Perry's Remembering O-Sensei offers everyone insight into the mind and heart of the founder of Aikido. Reading it, I once again felt I was in the presence of O-Sensei."—Mary Heiny, Aikido sixth-degree black belt.

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Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, is one of the greatest and most beloved martial artists in history. Remembering O-Sensei is a portrait of Ueshiba as told by his uchi-deshi, the students who lived and trained with him as his disciples. This collection of memories?gathered here for the first time?captures the essence of this extraordinary martial arts master and visionary, revealing Ueshiba?s teaching style, his daily habits, his philosophy of life, the lovably human aspects of his personality, and his deep belief that Aikido could be used as a means to creating peace and harmony in the world.
The book also provides a snapshot of a fascinating time in Japanese history when a student would apprentice with his master by essentially moving in with him and receiving instruction through rigorous training sessions, and also by serving him and observing his actions in daily life. Most of the students whose remembrances are included in this book went on to spread the teaching of Aikido throughout the world and became masters in their own right.

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  • File Size: 948 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (July 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M1YA896
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering O-Sensei: October 13, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is a book with a difference. This book allows the reader an insight into O-Sensei the man, rather than the often mythical image that is found in many publications. It is also refreshing that Ms Perry avoids the usual fantasy associated with many Aikido books. I was very pleased to see the story of the first meeting between my teacher Kenshiro Abbe Sensei and O-Sensei being worthy of inclusion in this excellent book.

Henry Ellis

Co-author `Positive Aikido`.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A window in time July 24, 2007
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If you have any interest in the life and ways of the founder of Aikido, this is a delightful book of paragraph-long snapshots of experiences people had with O Sensei. I really enjoyed the various perspectives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories July 3, 2007
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This book has lots of heartwarming and awe inspiriing stories in it. Just what I was hoping for. I got it so I could learn a bit of the candid moments in people's lives when they met the founder of Aikido. As a practitioner of Aikido I would recommend this book to beginners as an introduction into the Aikido society and attitude. I hope that one day I will have a surreal experiance comparible to those in this book, even though I was born too late to meet Ueshiba-sensei.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a back-scratcher May 27, 2009
By James
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The Theracane has been a big help to me. I sit in front of a computer all day and tend to really get tight in the shoulders and neck. The theracane lets me massage the trigger points (i.e., the muscle knots that are the centers of tightness; see The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, Second Edition). While not as good as getting a massage I haven't got to the point where I can keep a masseuse in my office ;-(
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