Books

“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! Best weapons in the world!
This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”
- Dr. Who

The pen is truly mightier than the sword. Furuya Sensei once wrote, “Please use caution: Information and Knowledge are not the same thing.” En route to learning something, we have the tendency to think that gaining information is knowledge or wisdom. It is not. Knowledge is the practical understanding of information. Wisdom is putting that knowledge to use. Books are a great adjunct to gaining a deeper understanding of life, yourself and Aikido. O’Sensei said, Masakatsu, Agatsu or the “greatest victory is the victory over yourself.” Next to actual training, books are the greatest weapon a person can wield.
Arm yourself!

 
 

Kodo: Ancient Ways
by Rev. Kensho Furuya

Rev. Kensho Furuya is the founder of the Aikido Center of Los Angeles. He was a Zen Buddhist priest, expert swordsman and wonderful Aikido teacher. Kodo is a collection of his writings with the same title from MA Training magazine. You will gain considerable insight to the Japanese martial arts, culture and what it means to be a student and a teacher.

 

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