The Language of Aikido: A Practitioner’s Guide to Japanese by Michael Hacker PDF

By Michael Hacker

Researched and written by way of a certified linguist with many years of expertise as a pupil of jap language, tradition, and martial arts—including residing and coaching in Japan for 10 years—"The Language of Aikido: A Practitioner’s advisor to eastern Characters and Terminology" used to be designed in particular for college kids and lecturers of the japanese martial paintings Aikido, yet can also be of curiosity to eastern language fans who perform different martial arts equivalent to Karate, Judo, Jujutsu, Iaido, and Kendo.

Translating martial arts terminology utilizing a typical Japanese-to-English dictionary is in all probability fraught with cultural and contextual error as a result of really expert means that such terminology is utilized in a Budo research. Even dojo glossaries, whereas extra particularly directed at proper connotations of such vocabulary, are often missing intensive and old and linguist context. with no the combo of a heritage within the jap language coupled with a major research of Budo, right knowing of the richness and entire meanings of those phrases can turn out tough to the non-Japanese speaker. This e-book makes an attempt to deal with this challenge through introducing the reader to ancient and deep contextual info, trade understandings of phrases in the course of the minds of specialists in different jap martial traditions, and a number of translations of specific kanji (characters).

In addition to chapters on eastern pronunciation and writing platforms, this e-book includes numerous entries relating to Aikido's heritage, luminary figures, rank, customs and courtesies, education, gear, basics, options, better suggestions, proper jap proverbs, in addition to a sampling of translations of Doka (Songs of the trail) written via Aikido's founder, Ueshiba Morihei. it's, to the easiest of my wisdom, the only such a lot entire paintings of its sort in life within the English language.

In the phrases of Ikeda Hiroshi, Aikikai Shihan seventh Dan and Boulder Aikikai leader teacher, "In the method of studying those arts, as well as studying technical stream, realizing the japanese language is important—starting with priceless phrases to be used within the dojo together with the names of suggestions, etiquette-related words, perform terminology, and common martial arts vocabulary.”

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