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Publisher Comments:

These interviews with two generations of American martial artists describe how aikido translated from Japan into an American art - integrating some American values, yet remaining an essentially Japanese cultural tradition. In addition, they reveal how aikido dramatically changed the lives of these thirteen women and men who rank among the most prominent aikidoists in the United States. "Disciples" features four individuals who trained in Japan with Founder Morihei Ueshiba, gaining insight into aikido's moral and spiritual foundations. "Teachers" focuses on three senior instructors who have disseminated different styles of aikido. "Innovators" includes martial artists whose practice and teaching integrate aikido with meditation, bodywork, conflict resolution, counseling, and philosophy - bringing centeredness and nonviolence "off the mat".

Synopsis:

Aikido in America is made up of first person narratives from a number of senior American Aikido practitioners. These are in-depth interviews which the subjects have participated in rewriting, and they give the broad scope of aikido. These interviews with two generations of American martial artists describe how aikido translated from Japan into an American art--integrating some Amercan values, yet remaining an essentially Japanese cultural tradition.

The book is as much a history of Aikido in the United States as it is a philosophical treatise that is tongue-in-cheek at appropriate junctures. It is a nice contrast to the technical manuals out there, and it should appeal to the seasoned practitioner and beginner alike.

About the Author

John Stone holds a fifth-degree black belt and is chief instructor at Aikido of Madison, Winconsin. Also a black belt, Ron Meyer directs a film production and distribution company in Boulder, Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781883319274
Editor:
Stone, John
With:
Meyer, Ron
With:
Meyer, Ron
Editor:
Meyer, Ron
Editor:
Stone, John; Meyer, Ron
Editor:
Stone, John
Author:
Meyer, Ron
Author:
Stone, John
Publisher:
Frog in Well
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Health and physical education
Subject:
Martial Arts - Aikido
Subject:
Aikido
Subject:
Martial artists
Subject:
Martial artists -- United States -- Interviews.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Io ;
Series Volume:
v. 20, no. 25no. 52
Publication Date:
19950731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 5.99 x 0.94 in 1.01 lb

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Product details 344 pages North Atlantic Books - English 9781883319274 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Aikido in America is made up of first person narratives from a number of senior American Aikido practitioners. These are in-depth interviews which the subjects have participated in rewriting, and they give the broad scope of aikido. These interviews with two generations of American martial artists describe how aikido translated from Japan into an American art--integrating some Amercan values, yet remaining an essentially Japanese cultural tradition.

The book is as much a history of Aikido in the United States as it is a philosophical treatise that is tongue-in-cheek at appropriate junctures. It is a nice contrast to the technical manuals out there, and it should appeal to the seasoned practitioner and beginner alike.

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