Journey: On Mastering Ukemi is an allegorical tale that is meant for those individuals who have already learned the basics of ukemi - attack and the relentless heart. Yet beginners will find it fascinating as well, because Linden Sensei brings all his storytelling skills to bear upon this amazing journey. This is the second book in the Mastership Series by Aikido Master Daniel Linden. Mr. Linden continues his enigmatic and powerful instruction with an allegorical tale of test and triumph in the high Himalayan mountains in Nepal. The journey we all take from birth to death can be exciting, powerful, enriching and engaging or it can be one of quiet desperation. The choice is yours.
Journey is a tale of one young man's attempt to engage that kind of life and his teacher's attempts to show him the way. Mr. Linden has shown a sense of humor, self-deprecation, and humility, almost unique in the world of martial art masters and Aikido teachers especially. His worldly views and occasional lapses make this one of the most enriching and wonderful stories of martial arts and personal triumph ever written.
This is a tale that begins with a punch in the nose and ends in a pitched battle high in the Himalaya on the backbone of the Earth. A great read for everyone. Journey: On Mastering Ukemi will have you grabbing your passports, calling for reservations, announcing your itinerary on Facebook, and bolting out the door.
©2011 Daniel Linden (P)2013 Daniel Linden
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