By Mitsugi Saotome
Here's a new angle to the lessons of the founding father of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, as interpreted through his direct pupil of fifteen years. Mitsugi Saotome examines the religious philosophy of the Founder, the warrior beliefs of feudal Japan because the foundation of his martial arts philosophy, and the medical rules underlying the philosophy of Aikido technique.
The writer indicates that the actual flow of Aikido is the embodiment of ideas of the spirit. unfavorable strength isn't countered with aggression yet is managed and redirected during the strength and stability of spiral stream. this can be the form of Aikido and the dynamic form on the starting place of all energies of life. Aikido circulate can in basic terms be understood from its roots in common legislations and the methods of nature. The honest perform and learn of Aikido deepens our appreciation for the perfection of nature's stability and brings us again into concord with our surroundings, folks, and ourselves.
Abundantly illustrated with the author's drawings, diagrams, and calligraphies, in addition to photos demonstrating Aikido thoughts, the publication additionally bargains a background of Aikido, own anecdotes concerning the Founder, and translations of a number of of his lectures.
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Aikido and the Harmony of Nature by Mitsugi Saotome