“An Overview of Aikido History,” by Stanley Pranin

“It is difficult to appreciate the uniqueness of modern aikido without an understanding of its extraordinary founder, Morihei Ueshiba. This innovative man presents a challenge to historians not simply because he lived in an earlier age very different from our own-he was unusual even for his time and cultural context. His esoteric views were heavily influenced by the doctrines of the Omoto religion and are barely comprehensible to modern Japanese. The challenge faced by foreign aikido devotees who hope to absorb the founder’s philosophy is made even greater by the formidable barrier of the Japanese language. The task would be seemingly hopeless were it not for the aikido techniques themselves, which offer everyone an avenue of approach to the essence of the art, irrespective of language or culture.”

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This article is excerpted from “Takemusu Aikido: Background and Basics,” by Morihiro Saito and Stanley Pranin. It forms part of this week’s special which also includes Saito Sensei’s DVD “Lost Seminars, Part 1.” This DVD/book combination will take you step-by-step through scores of aikido basics, providing you with specific hints on the do’s and don’ts of proper technique. The availability of these outstanding materials is your opportunity to make a giant leap forward in your aikido training.

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