Takemusu Aikido, or notion of spontaneity in the execution and sequencing techniques to infinity ... Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, began the study of Aikido in 1946 as a student of O-Sensei Ueshiba, founder of this martial art, and soon became his first assistant until this 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 was the leader of Iwama private 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 date. This book contains an unprecedented chapter devoted to training under the direction of O-Sensei, for many techniques, the founder own comments when it taught Saito Sensei. The writer : Stanley A. Pranin, 5th Dan, is editor of the Aikido Journal magazine, and the author of several books references, including The Encyclopedia of Aikido Aiki News and Aikido Masters (published in French under the title Les Maitres d’Aikido -The Master of Aikido). He realizes here an excellent history of Aikido and of its founder’s life, Ueshiba. With more than 450 photos, clear and detailed explanations, Takemusu Aikido is the essential guide for aikidoka beginners as for advanced practitioners.