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The Secret Teachings of Aikido

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Aikido evolved from the rich martial traditions of Japan, and was developed by Morihei Ueshiba based on their profound philosophies. In this book, the author explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of that spirit. In unique and incisive language, Ueshiba discusses the arcane aspects of Aikido's aims and techniques, as well as the central importance of ...more
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Kodansha (first published February 29th 2008)
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Blindzider
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Confusing yet inspiring. It sometimes reads as free-flow ramblings, mixing bits of religion and philosophy together. While broken up into chapters, there's quite a bit of repetition. Not necessarily a must read, but an eye-opening peak into the mind of O-Sensei.

Bottom line: Aikido is the way to unifying the mind, body and spirit with the universe in order to spread love and make you and the world a better place.
Cheryl
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book of martial arts techniques, rather the spirit behind one system as presented by its Founder. Aikido is a nonviolent martial art designed to "save the life of one's opponent as well as one's own."

Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, was an expert in several forms of Japanese martial arts, and even trained Japanese soldiers in the early twentieth century. He increasingly grew disenchanted with the growing violence and militarism in his country and became part of a Shinto sec
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Chris
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great companion to "The Art of Peace". I haven't been able to train at the dojo all week due to a head cold, but this book is the next best thing to being there. Nay, it's just as good! (I've been trying to work in a nay for forever).

I read a review on this site that said this book is more for practioners of the Ki Society, but I disagree. In the book O'Sensei repeats that training must be a marriage of heaven and earth, and I think people who train with survival in mind should op
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Jonny
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book is probably better appreciated by the Ki Society of aikidoka.

The last page of the book basically sums up my experience.

"All of Morihei Ueshiba's direct students have commented on how baffled they were by the talks of the Founder of Aikido. As the reader will see in this translation, Morihei's lectures are indeed challenging: they contain a heady mixture of the most profound philosophical speculations on the origin and nature of the universe, constant reference to obscure Shinto myths,
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Ryan Quinn
The book is a fine explanation of Aikido. Perhaps my problem with it was that the philosophy of Aikido is so steeped in Shinto. If you happen to understand a fair amount of Shinto mythology and metaphysics perhaps you will have a greater appreciation for this book than I did. As a secularist and with very little knowledge of Aikido this book did not really appeal to me.
Magdalen Ophelie
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Je déconseille fortement la version française de ce livre qui est remplie de fautes d'orthographe , il y en a plusieurs par page et ce jusqu'à la fin du livre ! Cela gâche le plaisir de la lecture.
The French edition of this book must be avoided as it is full of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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