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Aikido is the peaceful martial art. There are no attacks in aikido, onlydefense, and this defense should be so gentle that even the attacker isdelighted by it. It is an art that takes a lifetime to learn, and it getsincreasingly fascinating by each year. This book presents the principles andfundamental concepts of aikido - deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy and therefined ideals of the samurai.
The first part of the book examines the aikido principles of how tofind the peaceful solution, and how to enjoy aikido practice to the fullest.The second part explains the Japanese concepts used in aikido, such as ki,life energy, tanden, the center, and many more. There is also a chapterabout kototama, the spiritual cosmology that was central to the founder ofaikido. The third part includes an aikido glossary.
Stefan Stenudd is a Swedish aikido instructor, 6 dan Aikikai, and member ofthe Swedish Grading Committee, the Swedish Budo Federation Board, and theDirecting Committee of the International Aikido Federation. He has practicedaikido since 1972. He is also a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.