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A Life in Aikido: The Biography of Founder Morihei Ueshiba (Hardcover)

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Throughout his extraordinary life, Morihei Ueshiba mastered an array of martial arts and techniques, including jujutsu and kendo, and endlessly devoted himself to the philosophies of Japan's martial schools. This biography details the life of this remarkable man, from his early years as a youth in the turbulent Meiji era to his death in 1969.
Kodansha International, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Kodansha International (first published August 15th 2008)
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Tmac Daoey
A a practitioner and admirer of Aikido, I found true meaning in this martial art through the biography of its founder Sinsei Morihei Ueshiba. This is a must read for all practitioners of this art, and of anyone interested in martial arts in general, and/or Japanese culture.
If you can get past a lot of the thanking people (which goes beyond simply giving credit), it's actually quite a good read. There are several nuggets of wisdom embedded into O Sensei's words, and his life definitely serves as an inspiration to his students. Some of his feats do seem unbelievable, but it doesn't change the fact that he contributed so much not just to Japanese culture, but to world culture as well.

"I strive to make my Aikido selfless, and to expect nothing in return." --Morihei Ue
Jeff Horton
I thought that was an excellent book. It was adept at relaying not only the history of the noble Morihei Ueshiba, it also did a great job describing the character of the man. It relates how he traveled miles on foot each night to train with two martial arts masters, because of the laws against practicing martial art when he was still young.
Fairly frank autobiography by O Sensei's son, which gives interesting background on the man who created Aikido, and for that reason of interest to its practitioners, but leaves the reader wanting to know more on the development of this martial art's techniques - a lot of "when", "who", "why", and could have benefitted from more "how".
It was an interesting read, this man lead an intriguing life. However the book fails to convince me of Ueshiba being a "mystic". He was apparently a short tempered prejudiced little man throwing foolish martial artists on their heads.
Not really what I was looking for, it had some interesting parts but never really caught my interest. Maybe it was the translation.
Great book.
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