authoritative, profusely illustrated introduction to a martial defense system, written by the son of its founder.
The principles of Aikido state that force and method, by myself, are inadequate. The practitioner should enter into the domain of the spirit to develop himself and his thought. This book gives the elemental wisdom had to master the art of Aikido. It displays basic preparatory exercises that may be done by myself or in pairs. There are chapters on tactics, a history of the system, and a memoir by the Founder.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba is permanent president of the World Aikido Federation.