Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction

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Tuttle Publishing, Oct 16, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction provides a complete foundation in the practice of one of the most distinctive and effective Japanese martial arts.

Aikido was created in Japan in the 1920's by Morihei Ueshiba, also known as Osensei. To possess the skills, techniques and attitude of the true practitioner of aikido, one must achieve a very high level of integration of the powers of mind and body, the harmonious combination of physical means and ethical motives. By controlling body position and learning how to harmonize vital physical and mental powers, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art.

Written and illustrated by husband/wife team, Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere, with over 1,200 illustrations, includes many Aikido techniques in chapters such as:
  • What is Aikido?
  • The Foundations of Aikido
  • The Practice of Aikido
  • The Basic Techniques of Neutralization
  • Advanced Practice
  • And more!
 

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User Review  - lunarcheck - LibraryThing

I don't like this book at all. I don't like the concept and I don't even like the title. Aikido and the dynamic line or aikido and the dynamic curve would have just the same meaning or lack of meaning ... Read full review

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User Review  - jengel - LibraryThing

Excellent illustrations and explanation of history. Every aikidoka should have this in their collection. Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
WHAT IS AIKIDO? 17
THE FOUNDATIONS OF AIKIDO 29
ORGANIZATION 35
THE PRACTICE OF AIKIDO 45
THE THEORY OF DEFENSE 61
THE PHYSICAL PREPARATION 113
THE POSTURE AND MOTION OF DEFENSE 143
THE BASIC TECHNIQUES OF NEUTRALIZATION 159
ADVANCED PRACTICE 323
CONCLUSION 359

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