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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."

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....

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