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By William Gleason

Morihei Ueshiba, who based Aikido early during this century, meant that his martial artwork could provide shape to profound religious fact, and result in a unification of the world's peoples. He observed Aikido now not as a scuffling with strategy or as a aggressive activity yet particularly as a method of changing into one with the legislation of common order--ki, or existence strength. regrettably, the subtleties of Ueshiba's teachings, veiled within the esoteric terminology of Shinto, should be perplexing for even the main complicated practitioners. they don't seem to be handed down this present day, and feature by no means been brought to the West. Gleason, a fifth-degree (Godan) black belt in Aikido, spotting the significance of the religious points of the self-discipline, researched its roots in Shinto, and during this e-book is ready to supply a transparent rationalization of Ueshiba's teachings.

• not like the typical "how-to" manuals on simple process, this is often the 1st publication to introduce the underlying non secular ideas of Aikido--the elusive suggestion of kototama (word souls), expressed as one spirit, 4 souls, 3 origins, and 8 powers--and how they relate to the forms.

• Teaches the scholar easy methods to use Aikido to complete non secular pursuits.

• unearths little-known teachings of Shinto and Aikido, pertaining to them to Buddhism, Christianity, and different religious teachings.

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