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Budo by Morihei Ueshiba
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Recommended for: Aikidokas
Read from February 17 to 19, 2012

There are two parts to this book, the word and the pictures. Yes, yes, yes, they are inseperable and manifestations of the same energy. Being a novice and a beginning practioner I take the luxury of ignorance and I say there is a dicotomy.

The written word tells of O'Sensei's life and philosophy. His humanistic universality. His spiritualism. WuWu stuff way over my head. Perhaps the more I practise the more possibility I may be affected spiritually, but I wouldn't hold my breath. In fact holding ones breath defeats the very power of Aikido.

The more one has practiced, the more one can relate to the photographs. This calls for doing. There is no substitute for doing. O'Sensei was able to pin a Sumo wrestler with one finger.

"Fill yourself with Ki and invite the attack"
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