Remembering O-Sensei: Living and Training with Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

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Morihei Ueshiba (1883 1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, is one of the greatest and most beloved martial artists in history. Remembering O-Sensei is a portrait of Ueshiba as told by his uchi-deshi, the students who lived and trained with him as his disciples. This collection of memories—gathered here for the first time—captures the essence of this extraordinary martial arts master and visionary, revealing Ueshiba's teaching style, his daily habits, his philosophy of life, the lovably human aspects of his personality, and his deep belief that Aikido could be used as a means to creating peace and harmony in the world.

The book also provides a snapshot of a fascinating time in Japanese history when a student would apprentice with his master by essentially moving in with him and receiving instruction through rigorous training sessions, and also by serving him and observing his actions in daily life. Most of the students whose remembrances are included in this book went on to spread the teaching of Aikido throughout the world and became masters in their own right.

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Susan Perry is the editor-in-chief of Aikido Today Magazine, an international publication that she started in 1987. She has practiced Aikido since 1978 and holds a fifth-degree black belt. Perry also holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and taught philosophy in the California State University system for ten years. She teaches Aikido with her husband at their dojo in Claremont, California, and gives seminars throughout the country.

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"In this fascinating collection of reminiscences by O-Sensei's students and followers, we see the man as a teacher, a ferocious martial artist, a deeply religious person, and a visionary."— Spirituality & Health

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