Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

  Home · Search · Member List · Register  

Home » Books and Publications » History and Biographies « Previous Product 
1stevens_-_the_secrets_of_aikido.jpg
·
1stevens_-_shambhala_guide_to_aikido.jpg
>
1stevens_-_invincible_warrior.jpg
>>
1stevens_-_abundant_peace.jpg
1shishida_-_aikido_tradition_and_the_competetive_edge.JPG

Stevens, John -- The Shambhala Guide to Aikido
Reviews Views Date of last review
1 49645
spacer
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers None indicated None indicated
1stevens_-_shambhala_guide_to_aikido.jpg
supersize


Description: From the Publisher:

Aikido is the "Art of Peace," a discipline that emphasizes harmony and the peaceful resolution of conflict. Far more than a self-defense technique, Aikido is a physical and spiritual discipline that aims at unifying the body and spirit with the natural forces of the universe, fostering compassion, wisdom, and fearlessness.

This book introduces the basic principles and practices of this popular martial art and includes:

* The biography of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), highlighting key events that led to the development of Aikido
* The fundamental training methods and techniques, illustrated by dozens of photographs
* The philosophical and spiritual dimensions of Aikido
* How to choose an instructor
* A glossary of important terms
* Suggestions for further reading
Keywords: stevens shambhala guide
ISBN: 1570621705


Author
Post A Reply 
AikiWeb System


Registered: April 2001
Posts: 1318
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Author: Steven Scott
E-Mail: Send E-mail to Steven Scott
Date: 0000-00-00

Although a short book, mostly populated by black and white photographs, it contains information which briefly covers all aspects of Aikido that will hold interest for the beginning student and will no doubt dredge up a fact or two that the advanced student will not be aware of. All of the techniques are described using the proper Japanese terminology, for which an excellent Glossary may be found at the back of the book.

The book is, however aimed at the novice and is split into four main chapters:

1. Morihei Ueshiba - The founder of Aikido
2. The Art of Aikido
3. The Philosophy of Aikido
4. Schools and Styles of Aikido

The first chapter is a very comprehensive and detailed account of the life of O-Sensei and explains all of the facts about his understanding of the art he named Aikido. There is also information on the events that lead to the inclusion of the spiritual aspects that set Aikido apart from the many other martial arts of today.

The second chapter deals with the practice of the art, beginning with the proper clothing required, how to wear it, and how to ensure proper etiquette and courtesy. It is, however, not simply devoted to showing the various techniques in depth.

The text and photographs cover a wide range of techniques, explaining not how to perform them physically, but the theories, principles and 'feeling' behind the application of all techniques.

The third chapter gives a brief outline of the philosophy of Aikido as outlined by O-Sensei. Here, the author portrays the intention behind each aspect of Aikido without becoming too deep and losing the interest of the novice or spiritually undeveloped Aikidoka.

With everything from Misogi and Chinkon Kishin through to an overview of Kotodama and O-Sensei's mandala of the universe, it explains and highlights the principles of Aikido thought in broad layman's term, again suitable for those beginning the spiritual journey within their Aikido practice.

Finally, the book ends by briefly highlighting the structure of Kyu and Dan ranks, and the varying styles of Aikido practised. With brief information on the traditional Ueshiba style, through to Tomiki Aikido and Yoshinkan Aikido to name but a few.

There is also a selection of O-Sensei's teachings provided, not simply a few of his many poems, but actual quotations.

As previously stated, an excellent Glossary is found at the back of the book, as well as a Bibliography detailing the sources of material used which provides other fine examples of Aikido literature.

All in all a good introductory book for those who wish to start the practise of Aikido, and contained within its pages are also several small items of information that will undoubtedly raise an eyebrow from even those who thought they had heard it all.

Yours in Aiki

--
Steven Scott

This user is offline
Click here to see this users profile Click here to Send this user a Private Message Visit AikiWeb System's homepage! Find more posts by this user  


Powered by: ReviewPost PHP vB3 Enhanced
Copyright 2006 All Enthusiast, Inc.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:23 PM.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:23 PM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate