New PDF release: Aikido and the Harmony of Nature

By Mitsugi Saotome

Here's a special approach to the lessons of the founding father of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, as interpreted by way of his direct pupil of fifteen years. Mitsugi Saotome examines the religious philosophy of the Founder, the warrior beliefs of feudal Japan because the foundation of his martial arts philosophy, and the medical ideas underlying the philosophy of Aikido technique.

The writer exhibits that the actual move of Aikido is the embodiment of rules of the spirit. damaging strength isn't really countered with aggression yet is managed and redirected throughout the energy and stability of spiral move. this is often the form of Aikido and the dynamic form on the origin of all energies of life. Aikido move can purely be understood from its roots in common legislations and the methods of nature. The honest perform and research of Aikido deepens our appreciation for the perfection of nature's stability and brings us again into concord with our surroundings, folks, and ourselves.

Abundantly illustrated with the author's drawings, diagrams, and calligraphies, in addition to pictures demonstrating Aikido innovations, the publication additionally deals a historical past of Aikido, own anecdotes in regards to the Founder, and translations of numerous of his lectures.

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If you fix the eyes on these places your spirit can become confused, and your strategy thwarted. I will explain this in detail. Footballers do not fix their eyes on the ball, but by good play on the field they can perform well. When you become accustomed to something, you are not limited to the use of your eyes. People such as master musicians have the music score in front of their nose, or flourish the sword in several ways when they have mastered the Way, but this does not mean that they fix their eyes on these things specifically, or that they make pointless movements of the sword.

In large-scale strategy we deploy our troops for battle bearing in mind our strength, observing the enemy's numbers, and noting the details of the battlefield. This is at the start of the battle. The spirit of attacking is completely different from the spirit of being attacked. Bearing an attack well, with a strong attitude, and parrying the enemy's attack well, is like making a wall of spears and halberds. When you attack the enemy, your spirit must go to the extent of pulling the stakes out of a wall and using them as spears and halberds.

Some fix the eyes on the face, and some fix the eyes on the feet, and so on. If you fix the eyes on these places your spirit can become confused, and your strategy thwarted. I will explain this in detail. Footballers do not fix their eyes on the ball, but by good play on the field they can perform well. When you become accustomed to something, you are not limited to the use of your eyes. People such as master musicians have the music score in front of their nose, or flourish the sword in several ways when they have mastered the Way, but this does not mean that they fix their eyes on these things specifically, or that they make pointless movements of the sword.

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