With its message of universal harmony, the martial art of Aikido is attracting an ever-expanding choice of followers all over the world. There are actually 1,600,000 Aikido practitioners in 90 different countries. The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemasu Aiki makes a speciality of the human values and promotion of peace that legendary founder Morihei Ueshiba believed were at Aikido’s core. Takemasu Aiki means, “the life-generating force in a position to unlimited transformations,” an idea that serves as the spiritual foundation on which Aikido rests.
The book, translated into English for the first time, draws at the essence of the founder’s philosophy and spirituality, which was once in line with the Shinto religion. It presents such tenets as: the importance of harmony within the martial arts, the ultimate promotion of peace by dispelling any aggression through such harmony, and the divinity of the actual self and the universe.
The Japanese version of the book holds a special place within the hearts of Aikido practitioners; the English-language edition has been eagerly awaited and is sure to be greeted with great excitement.