The creator of Aikido ‘Morihei Ueshiba’ brings us the Art of Peace. Translated and published in 1992, this book is a little martial gem. Only 121 short pages long, the philosophies laid out by the master warrior are that from which the martial art of ‘Aikido’ was born.
This book is the perfect counterpart to ‘The art of war’, approaching the same topics but where the art of war approaches the topic from an intent of inflicting wounds, the art of peace comes at it with the intent of overcoming anger with passion.
It is said that Ueshiba was sparring with an opponent in the finals of a sword-fighting tournament when he become disarmed. He proceeded to beat his opponent unarmed and without hurting the man.
Where this book lacks in specific technicalities as to fighting and strategy, it makes up for in soul. Regardless of the mentions of ‘Oneness’ and ‘The way’ that may not appeal to everyone, this book does contain advice that is applicable to martial arts and life universally,
This book presents a more loving way for the warrior to see the world, and how to make one’s impact. Loving does not mean weak.
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