Summary: The editors of this anthology have presented a picture of "American" Aikido. After a lengthy introduction, thirteen Sensei (three of them women) tell their own stories, each prefaced with some background material on that sensei. The senseis are presented in three sections: The Disciples, The Teachers, and The Innovators. The book concludes with a brief epilog, guidance on how to contact the senseis represented in the book, a suggested reading list, and a glossary of terms.
Summary: Using a question-and-answer format, "Center" outlines the five elements of power that the aikido enthusiast must use to succeed, and it explains strategic applications of movement that give the practitioner the advantage. Moving beyond techniques and forms, this engaging hands-on book explores the underlying dynamics of moving energy through the body and manipulating the energy of the aggressor. Written by two senior students of Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei.