A beginners Guide

By Dunken Francis
September 2003
Wooden Dragon Press
ISBN: 0954548604
30 pages, Illustrated, 11 " x 8 "
$19.95 Paper Original

Aikido means "the way of harmony (of spirit)." Morihei Ueshiba created a martial art he believed was capable of uniting the world - the principles of non-violence, conflict resolution and harmony at its center.

People of all ages, shapes and sizes can practice aikido as the techniques and movements do not rely on strength or force; the movements themselves encouraging increased flexibility and strength, as well as boosting self-confidence.

Contents: Introduction, Aikido, Dojo Etiquette, Safe Stretching, Tai no henko, Key Shapes of Aikido Techniques, Wrist Strengthening Exercises, Knee Walking, Aikido "Attacks," Tegatana, Seiza, Counting in Japanese, Suwari Waza ("sitting technique"), Basic (Kihon) Technique , Ukemi, Atemi, Ki, The Riai System, Practice with the Bokken (wooden sword), Practice with the Jo (wooden staff), Seminars, Triangle, Circle, Square, Aikido in Daily Life, Useful Japanese Words & Phrases, History of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido.

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