This book was first published in
the UK April 2005. In 2010, what
with the recession and everything, the publisher decided not to continue with
it. Accordingly, I have re-gained publishing rights and rather than go through
all the hassle of getting it re-published elsewhere I thought I'd just upload it
to the net, so here we go.
The title Discovering Aikido
has been purposefully chosen to cause the reader to realise that we are here to discover. Confucius said
that what the good student learns that only 10% of his knowledge comes from the teacher, the rest comes from
himself. That sounds like common sense, perhaps, but even today in Asian
education many or most students still expect that 100% of what they know
will come from their teacher, so to them at least, it still sounds like some
impossible-to-fathom Zen koan.
The second part of the title Principles for Practical Learning alludes to
both the hidden principles of Aikido and to the Practical Learning of
Confucius (just Google it).
For me, Aikido is not
the Way of Harmony; it is the Way of Aiki. I am not interested in
mysterious ki energy. My aim is not to
become some mad self-defence ass-kicking MMA fighter. Rather, I search for and practice things that will improve my aiki. This
is an important beginning point and it defines the way I see everything
and the way I try to do everything.
This website was created when the book was
first published and at that time I added some 'additional extra' information to support
the book. That information is also included herein.