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Secrets of Aikido by John Stevens
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Jan 11, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: martial-arts
Read in January, 2008

After reading Harry Cook's book on the History of Shotokan Karate I understood how the Shotokai style tied into the philosophy of Moreihei Ueshiba. Funakoshi's sempei named Egami who co-founded the Shotokai style, had students who were relatives and friends of Master Moreihei Ueshiba. I felt I needed to read and try to understand the thinking behind this man. He developed a martial art aimed at harmonizing body and spirit with the natural forces of the universe. His beliefs are best described by the religion he practiced which was Omato-kyu. The meditation practices for the purification of mind and body and the science of sound Kototamas are explored in this book. Breathing techniques for calming the spirit and returning to the source of life appears to be main message in this book. It made me want to know more about Omato-kyu and the Kototamas.
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