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Budo Teachings of the Founder of Aikido Ueshiba by Morihei Ueshiba
Another important book for anyone interested in understanding O-Sensei's Aikido. Often we find people who express deeply held opinions on what the Founder said or believed based entirely on second and third hand information. This book contains the words of O-Sensei himself along with copious pictures of the founder doing technique. Dating from the 1930's these words and pictures come from a time in which O-Sensei's Enlightenment experience had reshaped his vision of Budo. At the same time at the age of around fifty years old he was still at the peak of his physical powers so the Aikido of this time illustrates the balance between the martial and the spiritual elements of Aikido more than at… Read more
Abundant Peace by John Stevens
Abundant Peace by John Stevens
John Stevens, Aikido teacher, Professor of Buddhist studies, and author has put together the first full biography of the life of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido. This book is an absolute must for any person wishing to understand the context in which Aikido was developed and see the art as the Founder himself saw it. The relationship O-Sensei had with his two primary teachers, Sokaku Takeda of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu and Onisaburo Deguchi, of the Omotokyo religious movement is especially important. It shows how O-sensei in many ways embodied the characteristics of the ultimate warrior (Takeda) and the ulitmate mystic (Deguchi) in a combined form allowing him to create something completely… Read more
Aikido and the Harmony of Nature by Mitsugi Saotome
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Taking the esoteric Shinto based beliefs of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, Saotome Sensei translates these ideas into Western terms using examples from natural science, physics, psychology, and mathematics. Not a technique book! This is the premier explanation of Aikido philosophy in terms comprehensible to the average Westerner.There are very few teachers who had more exposure to the Founder on a daily basis, training with O-Sensei for over fifteen years! If you only have one Aikido book, this should be it!