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Part Five

George Leonard

A fifth-degree black belt in the revolutionary martial art of aikido and co-owner of an aikido school in Mill Valley, California, George Leonard is "the granddaddy of the consciousness movement" (Newsweek). Leonard is president of the Esalen Institute and founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET), a practice inspired by aikido that offers alternative ways of coping with everyday issues.  George Leonard has served as a writer and editor for several magazines, including Look, Esquire, and The Nation.

The Way of Aikido

In The Way of Aikido (review or buy), George Leonard applies ancient techniques, physical and spiritual, to the conflicts we face in our personal and public lives. Along the way, Leonard shows us unique and effective ways to cope with sudden, often brutal, setbacks in our lives--and turn them into gifts for growth; develop ki, or positive energy, to enhance vitality; and use the aikido principle of "blending" to deal with verbal and psychological attacks.