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Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont, 1980, 17th printing. 
375 pp, large 8vo (9 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket and slipcase. ISBN 0804800049 B&w illustrations. "Akido has often been referred to as the gentleman's fighting art. Though it is not an unfamiliar word, few outside the world of the martial arts can distinguish it from various other 'methods of self-defense'. Its trademark, however, lies partly in its sophisticated style and particularly in its essential motivations. Aikido is a method of self-defense which can be used agains t a n y f orm of attack and - at its highest levels - a Discipline of Coordination, a 'way' of harmonizing all of man's vital powers. There is no attack in aikido; i.e., its goal is merely to neutralize an aggression and render the attacker harml es s , wi th o ut causing him any serious injury if at all possible. To do this requires skill, but even more, it requires an ethical intention. The very word 'aikido', in fact, contains the three elements which comprise the art: (ai), harmony or co or di nat ion ; (ki ), spirit or energy; (do), the method, the 'way'. A man who studies and practices aikido correctly desires only to defend himself without hurting others. To posses this attitude, one must achieve a very high level of integr atio n o f t he p ower s of m ind and body, the harmonious combination of physical means and ethical moves." A few tiny foxing mark on end papers, an area (approx. 2"x 3") of color fading on front board, faint small liquid mark on top of text block , tin y fo xing mark on b ot tom o f text block. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has wrinkling at top of spine - lighter at bottom of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, a few soft wrinkles on spine. Slipcase light edge wear and a few small edge c rease s/wri nkles, light bu mp at bottom of spine, light rubbing and soiling, a few tiny stains. Very Good/Very Good/Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD


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