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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

Glossary 125

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Ueshiba, Kisshaomaru
Ueshiba, Moriteru
Ueshiba, Kisshomaru
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Travel, Sports, & Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Travel, Sports, & Recreation
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90 black-and-white photos
7.6 x 10.4 x 0.6 in 1.463 lb

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