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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introductionby A Westbrook
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andlt;iandgt;Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introductionandlt;/iandgt; provides a complete foundation in the practice of one of the most distinctive and effective Japanese martial arts. To possess the skills, techniques and attitude of the true practitioner of aikido, one must achieve a very high level of integration of the powers of mind and body, the harmonious combination of physical means and ethical motives. By controlling body position and learning how to harmonize vital physical and mental powers, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Written and illustrated by husband/wife team, Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, andlt;iandgt;Aikido and the Dynamic Sphereandlt;/iandgt;, with over 1,200 illustrations, includes many Aikido techniques in chapters such as: andlt;ulandgt;andlt;liandgt;What is Aikido?andlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;The Foundations of Aikidoandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;The Practice of Aikidoandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;The Basic Techniques of Neutralizationandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;Advanced Practiceandlt;/liandgt;andlt;/ulandgt;and more!
There is no attack in Aikido, its goal is merely to neutralize an agression and render an attacker harmless, without causing any serious injury. This text provides an illustrated introduction to the art of Aikido.
This classic text reveals the mystery of aikido, teaching you how to neutralizes aggression and renders attackers harmless without injuring them by harmonizing the vital force known as ôchÆiö.
Aikido, the "gentleman's fighting art," neutralizes aggression and renders attackers harmless without injuring them. By controlling body position and understanding its simple physical premises, anyone-regardless of size, strength or weight-can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art. This classic text reveals the secrets which enable the stunning displays of physical control practiced in Aikido. Further, it delves into the ethical intention requisite for successful aikido, and enables its readers to harmonize their vital powers-both mental and physical-into the disciplined practice of this elegant martial art.
Tai Chi Chuan: Form to Function is a detailed manual for the study of the martial techniques of tai chi chuan. It takes up where Sutton's earlier title, Applied Tai Chi Chuan, left off, by setting out step-by-step the training exercises necessary for the mastery of tai chi chuan as a true combative art. Sutton outlines a well-defined program designed to lead to understanding and mastery of the useful self-defense techniques. Some of the techniques explained include beginning basic execution of hand patterns, complex exercises, training with partners in predetermined push-hands routines, and freestyle push hands sparring.
About the Author
Adele Westbrook, who works for one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, studied philosophy at Columbia University at the same time co-author Oscar Ratti was doing graduate work in the classical languages. They began to practice aikido together, and while studying under a variety of instructors in the United States and Europe, started the collection of notes and sketches which finally developed into this illustrated introduction to the art of aikido.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Oscar Ratti, now a commercial illustrator, received his degree in classical studies and law from the University of Naples where he was intercollegiate Greek-Roman wrestling champion and a member of the championship judo team. He later came to the United States and began to study aikido with Yasuo Ohara, one of the first instructors to teach in New York. In addition to being co-author of the book, Mr. Ratti provided all the excellent drawings that appear in this volume.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mr. Ratti and Ms. Westbrook have also taught aikido in New York, working with youth groups at Centers associated with the Y.M.C.A.
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