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Old 06-25-2003, 02:49 PM   #26
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 837
The thing about the Founder's poems is that they were not intended for mass consumption. Morihei Ueshiba clearly wrote them for close students. I think that when people without serious background in the things that M. Ueshiba was into read them and think they understand them, this is a sign that real self-deception is occuring.

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Old 06-26-2003, 11:43 AM   #27
Dennis Hooker
Dojo: Shindai Dojo, Orlando Fl.
Location: Orlando Florida
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 456
Get the sagacious children's book the Velveteen Rabbit. Then read the wisdom of the skin horse. Study Aikido for a long, long time and have your hair loved off and you joints become broken and loose and you get to be real. Or, you can get all them picture books by guys that want to teach you Aikido at the Books-A-Million dojo.

Dennis Hooker: (DVD) Zanshin and Ma-ai in Aikido

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Old 06-26-2003, 02:13 PM   #28
Jesse Lee
Dojo: Tenzan Aikido, formerly named Seattle Aikikai
Location: Seattle, WA
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 94
I liked Roy Suenaka's "Complete Aikido." Great first-hand account of the early days and of the Ki Society splitoff after O Sensei died.

Also George Leonard's "The Way of Aikido" is full of lovely writing and real insight, IMHO.

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Old 06-26-2003, 05:34 PM   #29
Harry Nguyen
Dojo: Austin Aikido Club
Location: Austin
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 5
These are the books that I recommend:

1. Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere (A. Westabrook, O. Ratti)

2. Best Aikido by Moriteru Ueshiba

3. Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training by C.M. Shifflett.

Keep your mind open and experience yourself via training. Good luck.

Harry Nguyen

Austin Aikido
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Old 06-27-2003, 11:15 AM   #30
Jesse Lee
Dojo: Tenzan Aikido, formerly named Seattle Aikikai
Location: Seattle, WA
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 94
"Aikido and the New Warrior" is also one of my faves. Lots of short stories and essays, including the single most mandatory piece in the whole body of aikido literature: "A Kind Word Turneth Away Wrath," by Terry Dobson.

Colloquially known as the "train story," this story is as profound and inspiring as any you could hope to read in your whole life.

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Old 06-28-2003, 12:41 PM   #31
C. Emerson
Dojo: Emerson's Martial Arts
Location: Denver, Co
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 97
Teaching of a grandmaster, I found this book to very interesting.

Living the martial way, was very good.

I enjoy philosophy more than techniques books. Unless I'm trying to study another style. Training is fairly simple, just train. Philosophy is not as easy, If you have a great teacher that teaches it, lucky you. There are a lot of teachers that understand the technique, but are very ignorant about the philosophy of the martial arts. And I m not talking about the arts philosophy, Im talking about living the martial way, which should be fairly close which ever style you practice.

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Old 06-28-2003, 12:54 PM   #32
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Dojo: Bond Street Dojo
Location: New York, New York
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 123
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I reccomend any of these .

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