The Essential Elements
After many years of dedicated training in the classical fighting arts, Morihei Ueshiba developed Aikido, drawing on the rich history of the martial traditions of Japan, and refining them into a wholly new system. In its relatively short history, Aikido has become one of the most renowned martial arts in the world, teaching its devotees the way of harmony as a spiritual path.
Moriteru Ueshiba, the grandson of Morihei, presents in this book, a systematic approach to mastering the basics of Aikido. He begins by outlining its most basic element—proper movement—and explains that with this as your base will you be able to approach the techniques in the correct order. He then goes on to emphasize a logical, step-by-step approach to mastering the techniques, so the student can progress toward Aikido's ultimate goals—forging of the individual spirit, and fostering harmony between oneself and nature, and the body and mind.
With Progressive Aikido, Ueshiba offers a highly accessible, informative guide to the principles of Aikido, through meticulously detailed explanations and illustrative photos. It will be a valuable resource for the novice and advanced student alike. Though this book is aimed primarily at beginners, it is the author's wish that while it should help motivate beginners to absorb as much as possible from their masters, it will also inspire more advanced practitioners to maintain the desire to improve, as espoused in the words of founder Morihei himself: "Never cease forging your mind and body to refine your character through training—this is the first principle."
“The book is presented in much the same way that our dojo eventually ended up teaching our own beginners, and as such, is a very good book for instructors to own. ...the book will be most useful for those who are, or want to practice since it’s about 90 percent text and photos presenting technique. There is very little in the way of any other writing for the idle browser. But as usual in books like this, for the long time student of Aikido the good stuff is in the introduction... and as usual I suspect most will simply skip to the pictures. Do yourself a favor and go down to the local bookstore, pick it up and read it. It’s short, it’s worth it.”
“It’s a very nice format, and brings the text closer to providing the pointers one might actually receive in the dojo from the instructor. ... the book is an easy read, and there is a lot of beneficial material, presented in an excellent format. This book would make a good addition to any Aikido library, regardless of your particular style.”
“The book is an easy read, and there is a lot of beneficial material, presented in an excellent format. This book would make a good addition to any Aikido library, regardless of your particular style.”
About the Author
MORITERU UESHIBA was born in 1951 in Tokyo, the grandson of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and son of the late Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the second Doshu. He graduated from Meiji Gakuin University in 1976, became master of the Aikido World Headquarters in 1986, and in 1996 was named chairman of the Aikikai Foundation. In 1999 he became Aikido Doshu after his father's death, and the permanent chairman of the International Aikido Federation in the same year. He holds several important posts related to the martial arts and is a trustee of the Nippon Budokan, the "hall of martial arts" located in central Tokyo. He is the co-author of Best Aikido: The Fundamentals, and the author of The Aikido Master Course: Best Aikido 2.