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Oscar Ratti received his degree in classical studies and law from the University of Naples. He later came to the United States and began to study aikido with Yasuo Ohara, one of the first instructors to teach in New York. He and Adele Westbrook shared a longtime interest in the thought and rituals of ancient civilizations and were experts on Japanese warrior arts and ethos. Adele Westbrook studied philosophy at Columbia University at the same time co-author Oscar Ratti was doing graduate work in the classical languages. They began to practice aikido together and studied under a variety of instructors in the United States and Europe. They are the authors of the best-selling Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere.
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