Aikido Comes to America: A Brief History of the Art’s American Pioneers and Their Journey to the Present
Drawing from personally conducted interviews by the author, Antonio Aloia, as well as secondary sources, Aikido Comes to America places several early US practitioners in the context of the art’s arrival and dissemination amidst American popular culture, spanning from the Beat Movement of the 1950s to the Japanese film craze of the 1980s and early 1990s. This book discusses aikido pioneers including Rodney Grantham, Thomas “Doc” Walker, Sam Combes, Steven Seagal, Lisa Tomoleoni, and George Kennedy among others. Aikido Comes to America also compares additional prominent American martial artists of the time, including Jujitsu’s George Kirby, American Kenpo Karate founder Edmund Parker, Bruce Lee, and Robert Trias of Shuri-ryu Karate, giving a broader picture of how martial arts were developing during the time frame.
How Aikido can Change the World
Aikido, as a martial art, embraces both the physical aspects of enhancement as well as the spiritual growth of the individual. Each practitioner discovers and journeys their own unique path – gaining a new perspective of the world around them and of themselves. How Aikido Can Change the World is a road map of that journey of discovery. This book discusses Aikido beyond the physical aspects. While Aikido is a physical martial way, its philosophies and peripherals carry over far into a practitioner’s world if proper focus and realization are maintained. The author conveys his expedition of the art gained through personal experience, exploration and integration. How Aikido Can Change the World is definitely one that will be read multiple times, as each reading will provide further insight as the Aikido practitioner develops and grows.
Rescuer Mindset has been written as the initial first steps to achieving a confident mental state by exploring the mind, body and spirit connections. This book helps the individual become more aware of others and themselves, and offers techniques to begin developing a positive, unstoppable mindset. Though geared towards those who work as Public Safety Professionals: EMS, Police, Firefighters, Rescuer Mindset can be easily applied to any walk of life, employment and/or situation. The concepts are universal and interchangeable. It will then be possible for the individual to adopt these doctrines as part of their everyday life as a means to accomplish and attain what they so desire.