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John Stevens

Full Name: John Stevens
Number of Works: 131
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ISBN: 0394714261, 9780394714264
Keywords: harmony, way, aikido
Pages: 198
Published: 1984
  • Rating: 80%

This definitive, profusely illustrated manual covers the essential elements of the philosophy and practice of Aikido, the Japanese martial art that has been embraced by modern psychology and many Western bodywork therapies. Useful to the beginner and experienced practitioner alike, the book details the traditional methods and techniques of Shirata Rinjiro, of whom John Stevens is a principal student. Noted for the precise execution of a wide range of techniques and an emphasis on Aikido as a spiritual path, Shirata Sensei's teachings exemplify the way of the warrior: superior technical pro
ISBN: 159030442X, 9781590304426
Keywords: zen, archery, master, art, kenzo, teachings, bow, arrow, life, awa
Pages: 128
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 80%

Here are the inspirational life and teachings of Awa Kenzo (1880–1939), the Zen and kyudo (archery) master who gained worldwide renown after the publication of Eugen Herrigel's cult classic Zen in the Art of Archery in 1953. Kenzo lived and taught at a pivotal time in Japan's history, when martial arts were practiced primarily for self-cultivation, and his wise and penetrating instructions for practice (and life)—including aphorisms, poetry, instructional lists, and calligraphy—are infused with the spirit of Zen. Kenzo uses the metaphor of the bow and arrow to challenge the p
ISBN: 4770025343, 9784770025340
Keywords: aikido, philosophy
Pages: 132
Published: 2001
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1570629153, 9781570629150
Keywords: arts, masters, martial, teachings, secrets, budo
Pages: 115
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

In budo—which can be translated as "the way of brave and enlightened activity"—martial arts and spirituality merge at the highest level of skill. Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo's greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists—they're for anyone who wants to live life more courageously, with a greater sense of personal confidence and self-control, and with a deeper understanding of others. John Stevens has gathered an eclectic and historically rich
ISBN: 1570622353, 9781570622359
Keywords: aikido, secrets
Pages: 160
Published: 1995
  • Rating: 80%

Aikido is the Way of Peace, a martial art aimed at harmonizing body and spirit with the natural forces of the universe. In this book, John Stevens explores the hidden teachings and deeper dimensions of Aikido, especially its spiritual wisdom as taught by its Founder, Morihei Ueshiba. The book explores: Practices for the purification of mind and body The tantric dimensions of Aikido, unifying masculine and feminine The Aikido science of sound and how it parallels the use of mantras and similar practices in other spiritual disciplines Breathing techniques for calming the spirit and returnin
ISBN: 157062075X, 9781570620751
Keywords: warrior, invincible
Pages: 255
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1570621705, 9781570621703
Keywords: aikido, guide, shambhala
Pages: 144
Published: 1996
  • Rating: 80%

Aikido is the "Art of Peace," a discipline that emphasizes harmony and the peaceful resolution of conflict. Far more than a self-defense technique, Aikido is a physical and spiritual discipline that aims at unifying the body and spirit with the natural forces of the universe, fostering compassion, wisdom, and fearlessness. This book introduces the basic principles and practices of this popular martial art and includes:    •  The biography of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), highlighting key events that led to the development of Aikido
ISBN: 0712618651, 9780712618656
Keywords: hiei, mount, monks, marathon
Pages: 158
Published: 1988
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0877733503, 9780877733508
Keywords: peace, abundant
Pages: 129
Published: 1987
  • Rating: 80%

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), the founder of Aikido—whose name means "abundant peace"—was "undoubtedly the greatest martial artist who ever lived," according to his biographer, John Stevens. "Even if we accept every exploit of all the legendary warriors, East and West, as being literally true, none of those accomplishments can be compared to Morihei's documented ability to disarm any attacker, throw a dozen men simultaneously, and down and pin opponents without touching them, recorded scores of times in photographs, on film, and by personal testimony."