Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction
Adele Westbrook, Oscar Ratti
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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction provides a complete foundation in the practice of one of the most distinctive and effective Japanese martial arts.
Aikido was created in Japan in the 1920's by Morihei Ueshiba, also known as Osensei. To possess the skills, techniques and attitude of the true practitioner of aikido, one must achieve a very high level of integration of the powers of mind and body, the harmonious combination of physical means and ethical motives. By controlling body position and learning how to harmonize vital physical and mental powers, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art.
Written and illustrated by husband/wife team, Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere, with over 1,200 illustrations, includes many Aikido techniques in chapters such as:
- What is Aikido?
- The Foundations of Aikido
- The Practice of Aikido
- The Basic Techniques of Neutralization
- Advanced Practice
- And more!
alike. How does aikido differ from all the others? The difference lies in the essential motivations and characteristic effects which identify its practice, and the early as well as continuing emphasis placed upon them. These include the following: Aikido, purely in its practical application, is an art of self-defense. It is entirely reflexive, and related ethically to defense against an unprovoked attack. There is no attack in aikido. When the techniques are applied by aikidoists who have
and functional possibilities. In the mental dimension, for example, the aiki taiso will help you to develop, exercise, and test practically your fundamental centralization (in the beginning, at least, at the hara, or Centre); the extension of ki, or Inner Energy, from and through this Centre (which will eventually expand to include your whole body); and the mental alertness and keenness of perception which should be the natural result of this extension of centralized energy. In the physical
the vertical torsion on the mat. IMMOBILIZATION NO. 3 (SANKYO) General Remarks The main features of this immobilization are the position of the arm of uke, the position and functions of your hands on that arm, and the position of your body in relation to his. His arm, as shown in the illustrations, is bent at the elbow, with his biceps almost parallel to the mat at shoulder height and his forearm perpendicular to the mat. His hand will be twisted in the direction of his head, palm obliquely
momentum you will slide out and away from him with your left foot to your left side. This will bring you close to his right foot and almost perpendicularly under his unbalanced right side as you lead his right arm straight down along that side. Then you will kneel down, leading his arm downward. With the descending power of your whole body behind that lead, your body always being the operational center of the action. He will be spun almost on the spot as he falls to the mat. PROJECTION NO. 11
worn by the samurai. The securing of the hakama—also low on the hips—increases that aforesaid feeling of centralization and adds a certain plastic beauty to the performance of aikido on the mat. 9. THE UNIFORM The Practice Hall The place where aikido students gather together with their instructor for the purpose of practicing the art is called a dojo. The name is adopted, according to the doctrine of the martial arts, from Buddhist lore relating to the hall in which monks practice the