The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido
Walther G. Von Krenner has been practicing Aikido and other martial arts for more than half a century. He trained with Ueshiba Morihei and other well-known instructors, and has written several books about martial arts and East Asian art, including Aikido Ground Fighting. A Zen practitioner and accomplished artist, he currently resides in Kalispell, Montana, where he continues to train and teach.
Co-author Ken Jeremiah is a writer and translator. He currently lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
About the Book
Atemi: the Thunder and Lightning of Aikido is a revolutionary book that goes back to the source and shows the way striking should be incorporated into Aikido. It is the most comprehensive text on striking in Aikido, and it begins with the notion that strikes should not be disregarded in modern dojo. It explores the common (yet mistaken) notion of atemi as a secondary aspect of Aikido, and argues that such an idea is incorrect, since O-Sensei’s own teachings reveal that striking is the very core of the art.
The authors describe through brilliant and specific examples and clear photographs, how atemi is used in Aikido pins and throws while still keeping with the physical philosophy of the art. The journey continues as they then demonstrate how Ueshiba Morihei and some of his most important students viewed atemi and technique as one, instead of separate aspects of the art.
The text is divided into three sections: Shodan (beginner’s level), Chudan (intermediate level), and Jodan (advanced level). The final chapters suggest ways that O-Sensei taught his students how to develop internal power, which can be channeled into Aikido’s powerful strikes. Atemi: The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido presents a thorough explanation of O-Sensei’s teachings and suggests that many practitioners have only scratched the surface of the art’s true nature.
Atemi: the Thunder and Lightning of Aikido is a revolutionary book in that it goes back to the source and shows the way striking should be incorporated into Aikido. It is a book is for any serious student of Aikido who wants a fuller understanding of their art as the founder intended it: as a fully formed martial art.” —Jaredd Wilson, Martial Thinking
“This book is an extremely important piece of aikido. If you want your aikido, to not only be an effective martial art, but to be as O Sensei intended it, then this book is for you.” —Martial Thoughts
“Today Aikido has fallen into a “New Age” art, where allowing your partner to throw you is more important than mastering the dynamic movements O’Sensei envisioned. But this is not always the case and so I feel honored to publish this book by Walther von Krenner, a sensei I respect and admire, who is a standard bearer of the traditional Aikido of O’sensei.” —Dr. Mark Wiley