Ralph Pettman

The dream that makes us free is the dream of an open heart the dream that there might be one world lived together while living apart.

Aikido, A Biography

Aikido and Enlightenment

Takeda-Sensei on Grading

Teaching Aikido. Take That, You Swine

Training with Takeda Sensei

Yamaguchi Seigo

The author currently lives in Karuizawa, Japan, where he teaches aikido twice a week. When not teaching aikido, Ralph also teaches world politics at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. An aikidoka since 1969, he is a sixth dan in aikido. He originally trained for fourteen years in the Aikikai style. More recently he has trained in the style of Yoshinobu Takeda, a leading student of Yamaguchi-sensei (who was an instructor at the Honbu and the proponent of a movement-oriented, collaborationist training method with a deeply spiritual rationale).

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