Takemusu Aikido, or notion of spontaneity in execution and sequencing techniques to infinity ... Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, began the study of Aikido in 1946 as a student of O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of this martial art, and soon became his first assistant until the latter's death in 1969. These 23 years of daily practice with O-Sensei make him as the best person to present Aikido techniques such that taught by Ueshiba. Saito led the private Iwama dojo in Hokkaido until his death in 2002. History and Basic Techniques is the first volume of a new series of technical manuals on Aikido. The author exposes more than 60 variants of Ikkyo Nikyo, Sankyo and Yonkyo techniques, with unprecedented accuracy to this date. This book contains a new chapter devoted to training under the direction of O-Sensei and for many techniques, the founder own comments when he taught Saito Sensei. The writer : Stanley A. Pranin, 5th Dan, is editor of Aikido Journal magazine, and the author of several books references, including The Aiki News Encyclopedia of Aikido and Aikido Masters (published in French under the title “Les Maitres de l'Aikido” The Master of Aikido). He realizes here an excellent history of Aikido and the life of its founder, Ueshiba. With over 450 photos, clear and detailed explanations, Takemusu Aikido is the essential guide for aikidoka beginners as for advanced practitioners.