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The Secret Teachings of Aikido Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770030304
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030306
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MORIHEI UESHIBA was born in Western Japan in 1883. After mastering the classical styles of judo, kendo and jujutsu, he created Aikido, an entirely original martial art, based on the spiritual teachings of the moto-kyo religions. Following the Second World War Ueshiba established the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo to promote the dissemination of Aikido throughout the world. He died in 1969.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By More0ver on July 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an extraordinary book that was recommended to me by a longtime teacher of Aikido; it's highly respected by other teachers I know who have made Aikido their life's focus for many, many years. The preface, by Moriteru Ueshiba, the son of Morihei Ueshiba, explains that this is a translation of lectures that present the inner teachings of Aikido, describing the core of the Founder's spirit and interpretation of the techniques. He says he would be very happy if those who engage in heartfelt Aikido training make this book of the Founder's lessons their daily companion and study his words often. Again - this is a translation, not an interpretation, of profound thinking. John Stevens, the translator, is a Buddhist priest, teacher of Eastern philosophy, and a high ranking Aikido teacher in Japan. He says in the book, "All serious students of Aikido must study Morihei's words and make their own interpretation of his marvelous philosophy of the Art of Peace." He added only minimal explanations in brackets, so it's quite clear that those few touches are his own - for example, the kind of thing he adds in brackets is illustrated here: "Unification of mind and body will lead to the development of fundamental techniques. Techniques that are created by the nen [single-minded concentration, direct perception of the truth] are unlimited in scope. Techniques must reflect universal principles. For this we need true nen." I would really encourage you to use the Amazon feature that lets you "look inside" and see for yourself what it's like - It's a beautiful book worth keeping out and referring to often.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juan on January 30, 2009
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The founder Osensei Ueshiba explains in great detail all the profound spiritual and philosophical aspects of the art. All the information in the book is from lectures that master Ueshiba did back in the past when Aikido was born. Great book for understanding the essence of this marvelous path that is Aikido. A must have for the serious practitioner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emjrfan88 on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was a challenge. But in a good way. The spiritual aspect is what I was looking for, but often found myself scratching my head. You really have to open your mind and soak it all in, to understand what he means. But you can see clearly that this man was indeed a giant. A passionate man with love for everything and a truly humble servant to all. We could learn alot from O-Sensei. It was an excellent read. Couldnt put it down.
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By Mike Addison-Saipe on December 29, 2013
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A little harder to approach,this is a book to study over time.
A must for all dan grade martial artists.
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