The Budo Classics

André Cognard: Living Without Enemy
The Budo Classics #1

In this philosophical essay steeped in body practice, Aikido teacher André Cognard discusses Eastern traditional martial arts by exploring his own history, perceptions and emotions.
Cognard dwells in particular on the areas concerning the relationship with others and the conflicts that inevitably arise with them. In a direct and effective way, the author does not present us with “the object of a sudden revelation, but rather the fruit of a slow evolutionary process due to a laborious, humble practice, studded with failed attempts and repeated with a doggedness that sometimes defies reason”. (…)
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Nick Regnier: Aspire Aikido
The Budo Classics #2

Sometimes I wish I had someone who was there to guide me in choosing which Aikido school I should learn, how to learn the Art properly, practice and develop strong Aikido techniques.
This book can simply be a very good guide to you influencing your thoughts on how to think differently and practice a better Aikido with a stronger focus helping you find, what I would call strong Aikido. My journey in learning Aikido has made me realise this: “if you do not train your mind by practicing diligently, you could be wasting a lot of time”. Aikido is more of a ‘gymnastic for the mind’ than it is for a physical body (…)
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