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Aikido is the peaceful martial art. Its defense techniques should be so gentle that also the attacker is delighted. Theres no competition, since each participant should be a winner. Its an art that takes a lifetime to learn. This book presents the principles and basic concepts of aikido deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy and the refined ideals of the samurai. It explores all the Japanese traditions and martial art essentials at work in aikido practice. Stefan Stenudd is a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor, former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation and President of the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation, presently a member of the Swedish Aikido Grading Committee. He has practiced aikido since 1972. He is also a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.