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Zen and Aikido

Book Summary:

This book is an English translation by the Aiki News Translation Staff of a 1984 book published in Japanese by the same authors. The introduction, by Kamata, explains that the book is in three parts. The first part is a transcription of a conversation between the authors, Kamata and Shimizu, discussing what Aikido is. The second part, "I [Kamata] provide an explanation of Aikido philosophy from the Zen point of view..." Part three, Aikido Techniques, consists of photos and explanations of Aikido waza by Shimizu. At the end of the Introduction, Kamata says "I hope this book will be read by people who are interested in Zen and Aikido, and by those who wish to develop a will-power which does not weaken with age."

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