Aikido: The Way of Harmony by John Stevens

By John Stevens

This definitive, profusely illustrated handbook covers the basic components of the philosophy and perform of Aikido, the japanese martial artwork that has been embraced via sleek psychology and plenty of Western bodywork therapies.
Useful to the newbie and skilled practitioner alike, the booklet information the normal equipment and methods of Shirata Rinjiro, of whom John Stevens is a valuable pupil. famous for definitely the right execution of quite a lot of thoughts and an emphasis on Aikido as a non secular direction, Shirata Senseis teachings exemplify the best way of the warrior: more desirable technical prowess mixed with profound non secular insight.
In addition to pictures and outlines of all of the very important Aikido thoughts, Stevens recounts fascinating and full of life anecdotes in regards to the heritage of Aikido and its founder, Ueshiba Morihei, who built it from a martial artwork right into a religious self-discipline. A biography of Shirata Sensei, entire along with his reflections on sixty years of Aikido perform, is usually integrated.

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Grab your right bicep with your left hand, making sure that his chin is resting on your left shoulder. Squeeze tightly and lean forward. As you squeeze, the pressure on the thumb side of your left wrist presses against the back of your opponent’s neck. 56 Real Grappling SHOULDER HOLD AND NECK CHOKE: Your opponent is on his back. Feed your left arm around his neck, push his left arm over his head with the top of your head, push your head against the outside of his left arm and head. Pull your left arm, palm down, with your right hand, palm up.

Make a body turning in movement so that your left foot is positioned in the centre of gravity. Place your right arm around the opponent’s waist or neck. Sweep your right thigh upward on the inside of the opponent’s left thigh. Continue sweeping up and back. Throw the opponent directly forward and over your right thigh with force and speed. May be reversed. 46 Real Grappling FIREMAN’S LIFT (FROM KNEES): Drop in to a crouch position, right side on (left if reversed) and at right angles with your opponent.

34 Real Grappling KNEES: To the groin or testicles this is a simple but effective technique. Lift the knee upwards as quickly as possible. A slow pushy movement would prove to be ineffective, the quicker the ascent of the attacking knee the greater the impact. Pull downwards on the opponent’s attire as you lift the knee for greater effect. If applying the same technique to the opponent’s head or face first release your lapel grip and grab the opponent’s head by the hair, ears or by coupling the fingers of both hands at the back of his skull and pull his head down rapidly towards your attacking knee, simultaneously bring the attacking knee rapidly upward to meet the descending head/face.

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