Aikido Lessons for Life Author:David Battaglia Aikido: Lessons for Life is insightful for young and old martial artists, as well as non-martial artists. Like other books on aikido, David Battaglia Sensei's stresses physical practice; unlike other aikido books however, his will not solely stress physical practice as the main focus of the book. Instead, the daily practice of aikido's principle... more »s will become instrumental in improving the reader's quality of life. The book is written in a series of stories experienced by David or told to him by his family, friends, and students. The books begins with a biograghy of the founder of aikido, O'Sensei, and a brief history of the evolution of the art. Subsequent chapters will tell the reader real-life experiences and lessons taught by them. With a unique perspective, David teaches how these essons can improve the readers' quality of life.
Through the lessons of the stories, readers can identify similar experiences and improve their self-control.
In continuing to develop the self, readers must have a positive way of coping with daily stresses. Opportunities exist everyday to practice the lessons in this book.
Anger-management and self-control are two of the most important life-skills for readers to master. By controlling themselves, readers can not be controlled by anyone or anything. this is self-empowerment.
Although David acknowledges the importance of good mental health, familial love and support and positive role-models - the foundations of self-help and personal growth - he stresses there is a constant need for daily practice necessary to develop quality of life. Unlike other books on aikido, Aikido: Lessons for Life does not imply each reader will learn and develop in the same way. Instead, it takes an individual approach, guiding readers to look within themselves to cope with what is around them.
David's message is simple but not easy. If readers can remain in control of themselves consistently, under adverse conditions, rarely can someone or something control them. Through daily practice, aikido and it's principles will help readers achieve self-empowerment and quality of life.« less