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144 Pages
ISBN:  978-1570623228 Category:  Martial Arts
8 x 9.5

The Art of Peace
by Morihei Ueshiba
Translated by John Stevens
Family Oriented
Training With the Master
Lessons with Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
By John Stevens and Walther von Krenner
Training With The Master
Lessons With Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
By John Stevens and Walther von Krenner

Aikido, known as "The Art of Peace" is a spiritual martial art founded in 1942 by Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei, a spiritual and martial arts master from Japan. Aikido is a very effective, defensive martial art based on Self Victory, harmonization with others and unconditional love.
Training With the Master by John Stevens and Walther von Krenner is a book that is packed full of photographs of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, O'Sensei, on the mat and in daily life.
The book manages to capture a unique inner essence of the Founder of Aikido in action in this collection of photographs, quite a number of which are full page. O'Sensei can be seen in photograph after photograph with a glowing smile, and much can be learned about how he practiced Aikido from these pictures.

There are three parts to this book. After introductions, a brief biography of O'Sensei by John Stevens and an essay by Walther von Krenner on how the photographs came to be, O'Sensei can be seen in annotated photographs in Part I teaching on the mat, and in Part II talking with students, chatting with guests and taking refreshments. Finally,there is a compilation of quotes gathered from O'Sensei's talks and calligraphy.

My favorite photograph is the one on page 60 where O'Sensei has a harmonious, relaxed and impish grin while appearing to be confidently and effortlessly holding an uke in a pin.  I am very thankful to be able to see O'Sensei in action as he was.

Written by John Stevens and including photographs and calligraphy by Walther von Krenner, this book is a must have to gain a better understanding of Aikido and its Founder.