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Old 01-18-2010, 11:02 AM   #26
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Re: George Leonard Sensei Passes Away

I now know even more about this man who has inspired me for a decade. I remember venturing into the woods at a quiet historic site in Tallahassee with Mastery in my hands. I found a bench in the middle of nowhere and - surrounded by quiet forest - read the book. His writing style and content are so clearly nonthreatening that I could just let it all in with no fear of wrongful advice. That was a special time for me because I had just started Aikido, and I had begun exploring spirituality in a meaningful manner. When later I found his The Way of Aikido, browsing the martial arts section of a store, I wasn't looking for it because I didn't know about it. As soon as I saw the title, subtitle, and George Leonard Sensei's name, I knew immediately I would purchase it. Sitting on another park bench in another quiet Tally park, this book both fascinated and enriched me greatly. I hold Saotome et al.'s Aikido and the Harmony of Nature as the greatest work of nonfiction not because the writing is superior to Leonard Sensei's, but because it is so vastly epic in scope. Plus, I don't find enough books these days with excellent illustrations sharing deep metaphors and meanings. Leonard Sensei was a student of Saotome's, although I have no clue as to any writing collaboration between them or even how close they were as student-teacher or as "heterarchial," to use a word I learned from Leonard Sensei, friends.

Thank you again, Jun. I hope to still be able to learn more about this generous and brilliant Aikdioka.

With so many magazines out there about Hollywood celebrites, popular musicians devoid of deeply meaningful songs, and clothing fashion, do magazines portraying people unheard of on a massive scale even exist? How many people would buy them anyway? What if my neighbor or friend did something courageous that only I knew about. Only I would know about it.

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Old 01-18-2010, 03:36 PM   #27
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Re: George Leonard Sensei Passes Away

Jun Akiyama wrote: View Post
I just came across this obituary for George Leonard sensei in the New York Times:


-- Jun
Thank you, Jun.

Thank YOU, Mr. Leonard.

Tarik Ghbeish
Jiyūshin-ryū AikiBudō - Iwae Dojo

MASAKATSU AGATSU -- "The true victory of self-mastery."
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:34 PM   #28
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:21 PM   #29
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Re: George Leonard Sensei Passes Away

I'm very saddened at the loss.

His The Way of Aikido was one of the most influential books I've read. Thank you for the lessons.

Peter Gombeski
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:06 PM   #30
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Re: George Leonard Sensei Passes Away

The first discussion of aikido that I ever saw was in a second-hand copy of Mr. Leonard's book, "The Ultimate Athlete," which I bought in the mid-1980s. I was instantly intrigued although I did not enroll at an aikido school until 2000. Nevertheless I have found George Leonard Sensei's writings inspiring all along. "The Way of Aikido," which I bought about five years ago, is one of my favorites. The art has lost a true master.
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