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Principles of Aikido, The

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"Aikido teaches a simple secret: the development of a better life is dependent on bettering yourself. Aikido offers no miracles except the miracle of your own existence and your human potential. Remember that you are a part of the universe. To ruin your life or waste it is to ruin a piece of the universe. With your birth you hold the key that opens the door to heaven. The most important duty in each person's life is to use that key and to make his or her life a manifestation of the heaven that it lies within our power to create." Mitsugi Saotome

Mitsugi Saotome - a principal student of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido - explains the philosophy and practice of the popular martial art, which emphasizes harmony and peaceful resolution of conflict. Over one thousand black and white photographs illustrate the basic principles and techniques, including the use of the wooden sword, the wooden staff, and "empty hand" techniques. The reader is given guidance in the proper physical, mental, and spiritual attitudes with which to approach this practice and in ways to apply the wisdom of Aikido to everyday life. Also included are lectures by the Founder himself.

Mitsugi Saotome Shihan is the founder of the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU).

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