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The Spirit of Aikidoby Kisshaomaru Ueshiba
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Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999), is regarded as a man who embodied the spirit of aikido, as inherited from his father, Morihei Ueshiba, akido's founder. The Spirit of Aikido is his masterpiece, and regarded as a seminal work on the discipline, and on martial arts in general. In this classic discourse, Ueshiba concisly explains the essence of aikido's philosophy and techniques.
Long available in paperback, The Spirit of Aikido will now be published in a hardcover edition, with new photos and a preface by Moriteru Ueshiba, the third and present Aikido Doshu (headmaster) and the author's son.
Aikido--a modern Japanese martial art unique in its synthesis of classic forms with a well-defined spiritual base--offers a key to the art of living naturally and unselfishly in a complicated world. This book explains it in reference to the founder's philosophy of mind--and action. In addition, the history of aikido's prewar development as a noncompetitive new martial art is described in the context of its international role.
About the Author
Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1921-1999) became master of the Aikido World Headquarters in 1948, and in 1967 was named chairman of the Aikikai Foundation, the principal aikido organization in Japan and overseas. He was formally appointed his father's successor in 1969. He was the author of The Art of Aikido and A Life in Aikido; and was the co-author of Best Aikido. He also wrote the introduction to Budo by his father, Morihei Ueshiba.
Table of Contents
Preface to the new Edition by Moriteru Ueshiba
Foreword by Taitetsu Unno 7
Preface by Kisshomaru Ueshiba 11
The Ki of the Universe and Individual Ki 13
Entering and Spherical Rotation 33
Daily Practice, the Way to Perfection 51
Mastering Mind, Cultivating Technique 71
Strength in Living with Nature 83
Inheriting the Founder's Aspirations 95
Aikido Takes Roots in the World 115
Appendix: World Aikido Directory 123
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