Aikido: The Way of Harmony by John Stevens PDF

By John Stevens

ISBN-10: 0394714261

ISBN-13: 9780394714264

This definitive, profusely illustrated guide covers the basic components of the philosophy and perform of Aikido, the japanese martial artwork that has been embraced via smooth psychology and lots of Western bodywork therapies.
Useful to the newbie and skilled practitioner alike, the publication information the conventional equipment and methods of Shirata Rinjiro, of whom John Stevens is a crucial pupil. famous for the proper execution of a variety of recommendations and an emphasis on Aikido as a non secular course, Shirata Senseis teachings exemplify the way in which of the warrior: more desirable technical prowess mixed with profound non secular insight.
In addition to pictures and outlines of all of the very important Aikido strategies, Stevens recounts attention-grabbing and vigorous anecdotes in regards to the background of Aikido and its founder, Ueshiba Morihei, who constructed it from a martial artwork right into a religious self-discipline. A biography of Shirata Sensei, entire along with his reflections on sixty years of Aikido perform, is additionally integrated.

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Applied (religious) Taoism Ancient Chinese Taoists developed deep insights into human nature in areas of psychology, physical health, and spirit. They understood the negative health consequences of socially manufactured stress and the deleterious effects of imbalanced physical movement on physical and emotional health. C. D. TAOIST TRADITIONS BORN The writings of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu Merging of three separate traditions, previously separate yin-yang school, neoConfucianism, and Taoism. New system sought physical immortality and magical power.

This involves the sensation of qi in the body becoming a type of biofeedback signal. Sensations of electric-like tingling and/or heat traveling throughout the body will be noticed. " Through this method the student perceives when something is out of balance. Say, for example, the shoulder complex tends to be held tightly instead of released when the student lifts his or her arm. The student who has evolved to the point of sensing the movement oiqi in the body will notice pressure or a trapped heat feeling in the shoulder.

Enigmatic, paradoxical expressions were adopted to describe the experience of the martial-yogi. " Like the discipline of the Sufi dancers, the movement of the art is said to change the consciousness of the practitioner.

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