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About the book:
AIKIDO for everybody
The project: a Dojo in each Romanian school!
Author: Serban Derlogea
Editura Universitatii din Bucuresti, 2007

"Aikido for everybody" shows my memories and opinions about the Martial Art I loved and studied for decades. This book is a continuation of the Aikido textbook published 17 years ago (written together with Prof. Dan C. Ionescu).

The ideas of the book are presented in a straightforward manner without stylistic fancies, as a reaction to the perennial problems of society. Many inspirational stories from our and the oriental folklore are animating the sometime technical - but never boring text.

This book presents a vision of Aikido different from that predominant in our Dojos. It focuses on Budo ethics and pragmatically develops the problem of moral education, a subject rarely addressed by the available books on Aikido. It is aiming to improve relations in our society (using team building concepts), to teach self-criticism and constructive criticism abilities, to clarify the moral conduct – using teachings of great MA masters (especially the creator of Aikido, O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba).

I did not try to delight the reader by disclosing the "secrets" of invincibility, youth without old age or other fantasy clichés often associated with Eastern practices. Instead, I propose idealistic but pragmatic aims, such as using MA for modeling the character of youngsters so they become better citizens. Readers will find ideas about multilateral self-defense – in order to survive in an increasingly violent world, or about solving social problems through physical education - in an increasingly physically degenerated world, or maybe a path toward spiritual enlightenment - in a world increasingly enslaved to money.

The book proposes the renovation of our current educational system by substantially increasing the importance of physical education in all school programs, through the use of Aikido.

The book describes the theory and practice of Aikido in 450 pages and 110 figures, as follows:



I: WHY Aikido?

1. Argument: our world
1.1. The carelessness is choking us
1.2. The stupidity is overwhelming us
1.3. The world is crazy

2. Why is mankind so?
2.1. The sins of modern civilization
2.2. Man – a sexually addictive animal
2.3. The civilization's decline
2.4. The "3 S" of the provided
2.5. The "3 S" of the ragged
2.6. Mankind – where to?

3. What should be done?
3.1. Man and the society's issues
3.2. The current schooling is wrong
3.3. Wake up, Romanian!

4. The physical education for anyone
4.1. Why should everybody train?
4.2. The renewal of society through physical education
4.3. The martial arts for average people
4.4. Is whacking "a gift from Heaven"?

5. The AIKIDO education: from fighting for survival - to love for all men
5.1. What is Aikido?
5.2. Aikido and health
5.3. Aikido and interpersonal relationships
5.4. Aikido - an education system
5.5. Aikido and women
5.6. The Aikido teachers
5.7. The educational Aikido
5.8. Aikido is NOT a method for physical self-defense
5.9. Why (should we all) do Aikido?
5.10. The Project: a Dojo in each Romanian school
5.11. Until when?

II: WHAT IS Aikido?

6. Aikido for the soul: the ethics
6.1. The ethics of martial arts
6.2. The ethics of action
6.3. The ethics of thought
6.4. Love for all men (Philanthropy)
6.5. Other sources for Budo moral rules
6.6. The trainer's deontology

7. Aikido for the body: the principles of movement
7.1. The attitude (Shisei)
7.2. Moving (Sabaki)
7.3. Falling (Ukemi)
7.4. Receiving the attack
7.5. The counter-attack
7.6. The movement
7.7. Striking (Atemi)
7.8. Exercises with weapons
7.9. Warming-up exercises (Junbi Taiso)
7.10. Games for Aikido
7.11. A stronger body

8. Aikido for the mind: the Ki
8.1. What is Ki?
8.2. Ki and life
8.3. Coordinating mind with body
8.4. The transfer of knowledge about Ki
8.5. First: understanding the Ki
8.6. Next: understanding the 4 Rules for coordinating body and mind
8.7. Third step: the Ki development
8.8. Fourth step: the refinement
8.9. Using the Ki to strengthen the mind
8.10. The circulation of energy inside the body
8.11. Cleaning the being (Misogi)


9. The transfer of know-how: the teacher and the pupils
9.1. The teaching of Aikido
9.2. The place of transfer
9.3. The greeting
9.4. The training (Keiko)
9.5. The transfer of knowledge
9.6. The psychological training
9.7. The student's duties
9.8. No violence!
9.9. Visualization
9.10. Aikido with children
9.11. Aikido with adults
9.12. The training – between amusement and despair
9.13. Training on your own
9.14. My teachers


10. The past, present and future of Aikido
10.1. The Aikido's past
10.2. Aikido now
10.3. The Aikido's future


11. The Art of Peace – from theory to practice
11.1. Aikido and conflicts
11.2. Society and violence
11.3. The self-protection against violence
11.4. The psychology of self-protection
11.5. The verbal conflict
11.6. The physical self defense

12. Some dilemmas

13. People's talk
13.1. The project: Aikido for the US marines
13.2. For a farewell

14. And now, what next?

15. Information resources


Some excerpts from the book Aikido for everybody may be read in the following pages of this section of the site.