The Ultimate Athlete
We are born with the God-given right to move efficiently, gracefully, and joyfully. We lose this right only through society's mind-body split, faulty modes of physical education, and overemphasis on "winning." George Leonard's simple and radical notion is that within each of us, regardless of age, sex, or physical condition, there exists an ultimate athlete waiting to be born. With a poet's passion, fifth-degree aikido black belt Leonard evokes the transcendent moment in sport—the catch that defies gravity and chance, the play that makes time stand still—as emblematic of the Greater Game of embodiment itself, of life and death, a Game we all can play to depth and breadth of body and soul. The Ultimate Athlete helped create the participatory sports boom of the 1970s and 1980s. This revised edition is addressed to a new generation of ultimate athletes.
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OLD GAMES AND NEW GAMES
Adventures of the Body and Spirit
The Hidden Dimensions of Sports
Aikido and the Mind of the West
Introduction to the Energy Body
The Energy Body in Conventional Sports
THE LARGER GAME
The Game of Games
The Dance within the Game
Ideal and Actuality
New Games with New Rules
Toward a New Physical Education
A View from the Year 2000
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