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A martial artist since his youth, Morihei Ueshiba served in the Japanese Army during the Russo-Japanese War. After being discharged from the army in 1907, Ueshiba went on to study Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu under Takeda Sokaku until 1919 whereupon he joined the Omoto-Kyo shinto sect in Ayabe and opened up his first dojo. From there he would go on to open numerous dojos throughout Japan and promote the martial art of his founding, Aikido, up until his death.


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The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba

New York Times Bestseller!

These inspirational teachings show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art known as Aikido, The Art of Peace, presented here in a pocket-sized edition, offers a nonviolent way to victory and a convincing counterpoint to such classics as Musashi's Book of Five Rings and Sun Tzu's Art of War.



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The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemusu Aiki by Morihei Ueshiba

With its message of universal harmony, the martial art of Aikido is attracting an ever-expanding number of followers all around the world. There are now 1,600,000 Aikido practitioners in 90 different countries. The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemasu Aiki focuses on 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 capable of unlimited transformations," an idea that serves as the spiritual foundation on which Aikido rests.



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The Secret Teachings of Aikido by Morihei Ueshiba

Aikido evolved from the rich martial traditions of Japan, and was developed by Morihei Ueshiba based on their profound philosophies. In this book, the author explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of that spirit. In unique and incisive language, Ueshiba discusses the arcane aspects of Aikido’s aims and techniques, as well as the central importance of breathing, ki (chi), and Aikido’s relationship to the spirit and body — these form the very essence of Aikido.



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