- Series: Illustrated Japanese Classics
- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Hozansha Publications; Subsequent edition (April 15, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870406299
- ISBN-13: 978-0870406294
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aikido (Illustrated Japanese Classics) Paperback – April 15, 1985
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About the Author
KISSHOUMARU UESHIBA was born in 1921 in Ayabe, Kyoto, and registered in his father's home town of Tanabe in Wakayama. The third son of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, he has studied under his father from boyhood. After graduating from the Political Science Department of Waseda University in 1946, he became General Director of the Aikikai Foundation Hombu Dojo, the World Headquarters of Aikido, in 1948. Since that time he has been constantly active in the management of the Foundation as well as giving instruction in the art at the Headquarters and in many places around the world. In 1955, Mr. Ueshiba was made Managing Director, and in 1967 he became Executive Director.
After the death of his father in 1969, the author succeeded to the position of Aikido Doshu, a hereditary title of honor that means "Master of the Way".
Mr. Ueshiba was appointed President of the International Aikido Federation in 1975. His importance in the forefront of the Aikido movement has brought him posts in other civic and martial arts organizations such as the Nippon Budokan Foundation and the Japan Diplomatic Association.
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"Aikido", by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, which was originally written in Japanese and then well translated into English is the best of this one's collection as to the exposition and explanation of the techinques of aikido, including foot work diagrams.
As Kisshomaru Ueshiba is the thrid son of O'Sensei and after O'Sensei passed became the doshu of aikido, one should expect such expertise and exactness.
As with many aikido books, some of the hand techniques are a bit lacking and there is little if any description of the warm up exercises used at the beginning of most classes. Ukemi, the falls and rolls used to protect the uke as he or she receives a technique are also not given the priority this one might have assigned the same.
The spiritual aspect of aikido, which O'Sensei emphasized during the later part of this life and teaching is not as well covered as this one might have preferred.
My only true complaint is that this one purchased this book as "new" and was obviously sent a "used" of the same ( as made evident by the business card that someone had placed in it as a bok mark...) however, it did arrive in good condtion.
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