Aikido and Words of Power

The Sacred Sounds of Kototama
Author: William Gleason
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1594777748
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 272
View: 7173
For the first time in English, the secrets of the sacred sounds that unlock the principles and spiritual strength of aikido • Explains the nature of the five vowels that govern the physical manifestations of universal consciousness • Uses more than 300 photographs to demonstrate a unique approach to aikido techniques that supports advanced spiritual practice • Author is a 6th dan aikido instructor Aikido founder Ueshiba Morihei described the discipline as one spirit, four souls, three origins, and eight powers. One spirit and four souls are the five vowel dimensions of infinite space, the source of the sacred sounds of Kototama. Now, for the first time in English, William Gleason explains how to use the sounds of Kototama in the practice of aikido. Aikido is often approached as a purely physical discipline, but it is a truly profound spiritual vehicle for those who approach it with sincerity of purpose. The five vowels represent various dimensions and stages of awareness, whose different powers are revealed through aikido practice. Using more than 300 photographs, Gleason sensei presents physical routines that provide an introduction into the Kanagi, Sugaso, and Futonorito levels of spiritual development. Understanding the sacred sounds related to each of these dimensions, the adept gains not only the ability to realize the stages inherent in spiritual mastery but also the ability to maintain health and balance in his or her own life. “When fish move through water, there is no end to the water; when birds fly, there is no end to the sky.” Similarly, humans swim and fly in an ocean of sounds. Understanding Kototama allows human beings to view the world without distortion and allows the creative powers of the mind to flourish.

Aikido and the Harmony of Nature

Author: Mitsugi Saotome
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834825848
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 272
View: 3677
Here is a unique approach to the teachings of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, as interpreted by his direct student of fifteen years. Mitsugi Saotome examines the spiritual philosophy of the Founder, the warrior ideals of feudal Japan as the basis of his martial arts philosophy, and the scientific principles underlying the philosophy of Aikido technique. The author shows that the physical movement of Aikido is the embodiment of principles of the spirit. Negative force is not countered with aggression but is controlled and redirected through the power and balance of spiral movement. This is the shape of Aikido and the dynamic shape at the foundation of all energies of existence. Aikido movement can only be understood from its roots in universal law and the processes of nature. The sincere practice and study of Aikido deepens our appreciation for the perfection of nature's balance and brings us back into harmony with our environment, other people, and ourselves. Abundantly illustrated with the author's drawings, diagrams, and calligraphies, as well as photographs demonstrating Aikido techniques, the book also offers a history of Aikido, personal anecdotes about the Founder, and translations of several of his lectures.

The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi

Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi, and Hsing-i
Author: Bruce Frantzis
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
ISBN: 9781583941904
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 393
View: 9922
"Explains how awareness and development of chi gives internal martial arts their power and strength, contains full instructions on the Taoist system Nei Gung, describes how specific martial arts use chi, includes stories about masters. The new edition adds a new foreword, new introduction by author, practical explanations on spiritual traditions of the internal martial arts, index"--Provided by publisher.

The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido

Author: William Gleason
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
ISBN: 9780892815081
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 216
View: 7289
A leading American aikido teacher shows how this 20th-century martial art developed from the ancient spiritual traditions of Japan, not as a fighting method but rather as a means of becoming one with the laws of universal order.

Positive Aikido

A True Story of Traditional Teachings
Author: Dave Rogers,Ellis, Henry,Derek Eastman
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1412046688
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 154
View: 4660
Positive Aikido is available on bookshelves around the globe. This book, an in-depth look at our school's special brand of technique, strategy, philosophy as well as unique history, took about 15 years to compile, but will soon be offered in print by the world's leading on-demand publisher. Trafford Holdings Ltd is privately-held corporation, registered in British Columbia, Canada. There are over 120 shareholders, including many authors and all the permanent employees. It was incorporated in 1991. In late 1995, Trafford opened its doors and website. They are the first company in the world to offer an "on-demand publishing service," and they are the best. The production of "Positive Aikido" has gone through numerous stages. The hand-drawings describing each of the positive techniques in traditional Aikido were begun in 1987 with the intention of providing new students with a reference guide - at the time to be photocopied for students in the U.S. and later possibly for the U.K. students as well. That plan, however, never took hold as more and more drawings were produced. The drawings of the first four groupings were finished in 1991 and in 1993, the second four groupings were added, along with some transcripts from a recorded converstaion between Sensei Ellis and Rogers on a long roadtrip between Dallas, Texas and Alamogordo, New Mexico. Rogers made his 1st Dan during that trip, and Positive Aikido picked up a lot of its histories and background information. Still, it was no more than a shep of papers cobbled together from various sources. In 1999, however, with the advent of digital photgraphy, Rogers decided to augment the drawings with some digital photos and possibly put together a proper booklet for students in all the Ellis Schools. The photos, however, required some supporting text - and there was a lot of other material which needed to be conveyed as well. The transcripts were rewritten and cleaned up a bit and the photos were digitally processed for the first four forms. During another visit to New Mexico, Sensei and his assistant Anita Wilson along with Sensei's son did the demonstrations needed for the last four forms. Later, the first four forms were re-shot with Sensei Rogers and one of his first U.S. students, Jeff Glaze of New Mexico. By this time, "Positive Aikido" was being developed as a book. The agent and publishers we first contacted agreed, but the material was still fairly rough. More photos were shot and extensive digital work was done on them to clarify technique. Additional sections were added to describe combat strategy and the philosophy behind "Positive Aikido". Sections on ethics and morals within the arts were developed along with material dealing with the selection of a martial art for beginners. And of course, the history section was strengthened and sharpened. Lastly, a complete reorganization of the material was accomplished with an addition of a section on pins and control and weapons (jo and sword). The finished work is comprised of more than 1000 photos, 600 hand-drawings and complex explanations and tips to make the techniques of Aikido work properly. It includes detailed writing on the "Positive" mindset as well as complete sections geared to beginners, intermediate students and advanced practitioners. Although several traditional publishers expressed interest in printing the book, and initial negotiations were entered into with one California-based company, the advent of "print-on-demand" technology and the resulting new publishing market, made for a better alternative. Of this book as it stands now, the authors say this. There are a lot of books on Martial Arts out there, and this one fits in the crowd well - but it also stands alone in the sheer comprehensiveness of the work. It is a nearly complete representation of a single school's technique - it is a historical marker - a book of strategy - an ethical guide - a technical manual - and it is a chart, graph and manifest of all the

The Hidden Roots of Aikido

Aiki Jujutsu Daitoryu
Author: Shiro Omiya
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770023278
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 216
View: 2368
Demonstrates the philosophies and techniques of the Daitoryu tradition--the martial discipline from which Aikido was crafted

The Art of Aikido

Principles and Essential Techniques
Author: 植芝吉祥丸
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770029454
Category: Philosophy
Page: 174
View: 3982
Aikido is now practised in 86 countries. The Aikido ideal of 'polishing one's mind and body to foster a spirit of harmony' has struck a common chord among the peoples of the world. This book was written by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the son of the founder of Aikido. Born into the household of a martial arts genius, Kisshomaru naturally absorbed many teachings from his father, Morihei, as he was growing up. Morihei himself explained Aikido in archaic, esoteric language, and limited his instruction to only a select few, but in order to accomplish the mission of introducing Aikido to

Purpose & Practice

Author: Denis Burke
ISBN: 1291258272
Page: N.A
View: 9908

The Aikido Master Course

Best Aikido 2
Author: Moriteru Ueshiba
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770027634
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 208
View: 2723
Written by the son of the author of "Best Aikido - The Fundamentals" andrandson of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, the theme of this book is "ariation", with more techniques demonstrated and fully illustrated than mostther aikido titles. Many moves are illustrated in both their omote and uraorms, thus offering a full and broad understanding of not only the physicalspects, but also of the philosophical essence of this popular discipline.

Making Hostile Words Harmless

A Guide to the Power of Positive Speaking For Helping Professionals and Their Clients
Author: Kate Cohen-Posey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470292571
Category: Psychology
Page: 208
View: 4597
Infused with wisdom and a strong dose of humor, Making Hostile Words Harmless offers therapists and their clients a unique collection of effective exercises and bully-busting responses guaranteed to diffuse difficult exchanges. Filled with helpful tools, the book uses the martial art of Aikido, or the 'way of harmony' to teach the 'verbal arts' of confirming, inquiring, understanding, and evoking.

Sword and Brush

The Spirit of the Martial Arts
Author: Dave Lowry
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834825422
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 144
View: 4140
This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts—from archery to flower arranging—is celebrated here in Dave Lowry's exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts. Forty-two examples of Lowry's calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts—such as do, the way, or wa, harmony. The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term, what it meant to Japanese warriors, and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today. What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit.

In Search of the Warrior Spirit, Fourth Edition

Teaching Awareness Disciplines to the Green Berets
Author: Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583944133
Category: History
Page: 448
View: 2603
The war in Iraq has heightened interest in the military mindset and raised questions about whether it’s possible to be a mindful, moral fighter at a time when impersonal, technology based warfare reigns. In Search of the Warrior Spirit confronts this thorny issue with Richard Strozzi-Heckler’s trademark personal, sympathetic style. In a top-secret U.S. military experiment, the author was asked to teach Eastern awareness disciplines ranging from aikido to meditation to a group of twenty-five Green Berets. This account chronicles his experiences in the training program and his attempts to revive traditional warriorship in a technological society. In Search of the Warrior Spirit explores the nature of war, the meaning of masculinity, and the need for moral values in the military. The book includes Heckler’s response to 9/11, his experiences with the Pentagon and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and his poignant reflections on the movie Black Hawk Down, which depicts the deaths of two of his trainees. In this revised edition, the author talks movingly of his visits to Afghanistan with NATO and about the Trojan Warrior Project and Marine Warrior Project, relating the tragic events in a war zone and revelatory conversations with both ordinary soldiers and such leaders as the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe.

Secrets of the Samurai

The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Author: Oscar Ratti,Adele Westbrook
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462902545
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 400
View: 9606
Secrets of the Samurai is the definitive study of the martial arts of feudal Japan, explaining in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies, and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. The work begins with a panoramic survey of the tumultuous early struggles of warlords contending for political ascendancy and then outlines the relentless progression of the military class toward absolute power. In addition to illustrating actual methods of combat, the authors discuss in detail the crucial training necessary to develop a warrior's inner power and to concentrate all his energies into a single force. Secrets of the Samurai is an essential text for anyone with an interest in Japanese combat techniques, weaponry, or military history. This edition also contains a new foreword by Adele Westbrook and numerous previously unpublished illustrations by Oscar Ratti. Chapters include: The Bushi The Heimin The Centers of Martial Instruction Armed Bujutsu Unarmed Bujutsu Control and Power Strategic Principles Morality of Bujutsu

The Enlightenment Quest and the Art of Happiness

Mastering Life through Higher Power
Author: John Maxwell Taylor
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583949194
Category: Self-Help
Page: 328
View: 7545
Award-winning actor and playwright John Maxwell Taylor builds on the success of his previous book, The Power of I Am, in this eloquent call to awaken from our collective trance and to claim the transformative power and happiness that is our birthright. Drawing on his forty years’ experience in spiritual self-transformation, Taylor offers a potent array of practical tools, stories, and life lessons that help us reorder the events in our lives, the way people respond to us, and the impact we have on the world. The Enlightenment Quest and the Art of Happiness shows us how to master ourselves so that we can harness the energy of higher power to surmount the chaos of the modern world and provides strategies for “sociological aikido” that allow us to deal effectively with negative people, narcissists, and egotists. Informed by Taylor’s incredibly varied background—from European pop star, to student of Paramahansa Yogananda, Gurdjieff, and Mantak Chia, to resident at the pioneering Findhorn Community, to playing Carl Jung on stage for many years—this book demonstrates how, by understanding the powers active in creation, we can become instruments through which higher power continually flows to advance our evolution toward consciousness. In doing so, we not only transform ourselves, we become powerful agents for changing the world. Readers learn how to: • Deal with negative people and egotists • Use higher power to redirect the world around one to one's own advantage • Stay sane in an insane world by understanding true spiritual psychology • See the world as it is instead of spiritually daydreaming that "things are going to get better" • Move beyond conspiracy theories and conspire instead to create a united world of consciousness • Gain fresh insights into the work of Campbell, Jung, Paramahansa Yogananda, Gurdjieff, and others • Apply the Findhorn principles of miraculous manifestation as practiced by the author since 1973 From the Trade Paperback edition.

Body, Self-Cultivation, and Ki-Energy, The

A New History
Author: Yasuo Yuasa
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438424698
Category: History
Page: 229
View: 5371
This book is an inquiry into ki-energy, its role within Eastern mind-body theory, and its implications for our contemporary Western understanding of the body. Yuasa examines the concept of ki-energy as it has been used in such areas as acupuncture, Buddhist and Taoist meditation, and the martial arts. To explain the achievement of mind-body oneness in these traditions he offers an innovative schematization of the lived body. His approach is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, offering insights into Western philosophy, religion, medical science, depth psychology, parapsychology, theater, and physical education. To substantiate the relationship that ki-energy forms between the human body and its environment, Yuasa introduces contemporary scientific research on ki-energy in China and Japan, as well as evidence from acupuncture medicine and from the experience of meditators and martial arts practitioners. This evidence requires not only a rethinking of the living human body and of the mind-body and mind-matter relation, but also calls into question the adequacy of the existing scientific paradigm. Yuasa calls for an epistemological critique of modern science and explores the issue of the relation of teleology to science.

Japan's International Relations

Politics, Economics, and Security
Author: Glenn D. Hook,Julie Gilson,Hugo Dobson,Christopher W. Hughes
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415240970
Category: History
Page: 532
View: 1706
This detailed and lucid volume is an essential resource for students of Asian Studies and International Politics.

The Essence of Aikido

Author: Bill Sosa,Bryan Robbins
Publisher: Action Pursuit Group
ISBN: 9780865680975
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 142
View: 8290
Morihei Ueshiba envisioned a style that could be both non-aggressive and still effective in a multitude of self-defense situations. From that vision came the art of aikido. As a student, you will be taught to respect the body of your opponent. The techniques should never cause permanent damage. The pain you inflict will be momentary. The aikido student is taught to search for eternal harmony. But this training has no end, for aikidoists believe perfection of character is never complete.

Revelation of the Breath, The

A Tribute to Its Wisdom, Power, and Beauty
Author: Sharon G. Mijares
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438428782
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 301
View: 5499
Celebrates and instructs in the healing power of breath.

New Realities

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Parapsychology
Page: N.A
View: 1140

El arte de la paz

Author: Morihei Ueshiba
Publisher: Editorial Kairós
ISBN: 8472457257
Category: Self-Help
Page: 65
View: 623
Las enseñanzas recopiladas en este libro proceden de las charlas y escritos de Morihei Ueshiba, fundador del aikido, el popular arte marcial japonés. Ueshiba consideró que los principios del aikido podían aplicarse a todos los desafíos a los que nos enfrentamos en la vida: en las relaciones personales, al interactuar con la sociedad, en el trabajo y los negocios. Esta edición de El arte de la paz incluye además una biografía de Ueshiba, un ensayo de John Stevens sobre las opiniones de Ueshiba respecto al "arte de la guerra frente al arte de la paz", doka, o "poemas del Camino" didácticos recién traducidos, y caligrafías del propio Ueshiba.