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  • A Life in Aikido: The Biography of Founder Morihei Ueshiba

    Kisshomaru Ueshiba / Kodansha (2008)

    Aikido / Biographical / Historical

    Summary: In this engaging and compelling biography, the Founder's son Kissomaru Ueshiba (the second Aikido Doshu) details the life of this remarkable man, from his early years as a youth in the turbulent Meiji era to his death in 1969. Incorporating many first-hand accounts and anecdotes as well as historical documents, the author weaves a fascinating narrative of the Founder's life, and with great fondness tells of his own memories of the man who would come to be known as O Sensei--great master.

  • Abundant Peace

    John Stevens / second printing 1978 edition, Shambala (1987)


    Summary: Biography of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. In his preface, the author says, "...I have focused on the why and how of Morihei's quest rather than the when and where, concentrating on a discussion of the people, events, and ideas that most influenced the master."

  • Advanced Aikido

    Phong Thong Dang & L. Seiser / Tuttle Publishing (2006)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: In this book, the authors present an in-depth look at the complete art of Aikido - from the underlying theories that drive the techniques and strategies to advice on mastering the throws and locks fundamental to the art. With over 400 illustrations and detailed instructions from one of the leading teachers in the field, even the most experienced practitioners can benefit from the lessons in this book.

  • Ah... To Be A Kid: Three Dozen Aikido Games for Children

    Michael Friedl / second printing 1978 edition, Ohara Publications, Santa Clarita, CA (1994)

    Aikido / Children

    Summary: The author describes 31 games that can be played with children. All of which, he says in his introduction, "promote harmony, and do not focus on competition, winning, or losing." He has tried the games for "over 20 years" and believes that each of these "fosters an awareness of harmony, blending with one's environment, and develops trust and positive relationships."

  • Aiki News 1995 Dojo Finder

    Stanley Pranin / Aiki News (1995)


    Summary: This book is a worldwide dojo directory, with cross-references to major Aikido organizations, and instructor names.

  • Aiki News Encyclopedia of Aikido, The

    Stanley Pranin / 2nd edition, Aiki News (1991)

    Aikido / Biographical / Historical

    Summary: The first comprehensive reference work for Aikido-related names and topics. A standard before Aikido Journal evolved into a global electronic reference. First Edition appeared in 1989.

  • Aiki Secrets: Six Precepts and the Dynamic COB

    William Dockery / Aspiring Press (2011)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: (From the Publisher): William B. Dockery’s journey into the science and soul of martial arts began more than two decades ago. Through the years he has dedicated himself to studying and understanding multiple disciplines of martial arts encompassing a broad range of proficiencies, skill sets, and goals. Whether they are combat oriented, grappling driven, balance inspired, or spiritual/centering practices, he has used his experiences in them all to formulate a groundbreaking methodology for Aikido unlike any other ever conceived or taught. And the best part is that it can be easily and successfully applied to other martial arts as well. The key to this new understanding is the physics of the human body, otherwise known as kinesiology. By breaking down the science of the physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms associated with human movement and applying them to martial arts disciplines, Dockery bridges these two worlds in a revolutionary guide that will forever change the way martial arts are approached and taught. Written using his personal notes during his intermediate training in Tomiki Ryu Aikido in conjunction with his growing understanding of kinesiology, Dockery’s book is the perfect compliment to the studies of all intermediate students—even if their discipline isn’t Aikido. By understanding how the body works in motion, he reasons, students can grasp the concepts taught to them rather than simply mimicking behavior. And by translation, an understanding of one’s own COB inherently brings about an understanding of others, enabling the ability to manipulate an opponent’s COB with directed intent, thereby reducing the time it takes to learn new techniques, yielding increasingly successful results. “Aikido is not magical,” Dockery says, “it is bound by the laws of physics.” His new expertise is teaching others how to improve their practice by providing the mental focus necessary to engage their mind along with their body. His approach is based on the six key precepts of No-Line and the 20, Parallelism, The Cam (S and C), Sagittal Plane, Daito Hands and Lever Arms, and Aiki-Age, Aiki Sage. These precepts lay the foundation for the most revelatory chapter: The Secret to Aiki. Those willing to engage these fundamental teachings in a meaningful manner will achieve greater results than those without due to this melding of mind and body versus the rote mechanics of current methods. With over two decades of experience, Dockery’s lifelong dedication to studying and better understanding multiple disciplines of martial arts has lead to a commitment to helping others with their devotion as well. An extraordinary resource that is as applicable to sports and dancing as it is to all martial arts, Dockery unlocks a revolutionary approach that transcends any current methods in use. Presented in a no-nonsense, layman’s approach that is easy to understand and apply, Aiki Secrets: Six Precepts and the Dynamic COB forever changes the paradigm.

  • Aiki Toolbox

    S. Harrington & L. Hennon / 1st edition, (2002)


    Summary: The authors present the basics of Aikido technique using analogies from the tools found in a carpenter's tool box. The authors' backgrounds are apparently Yoshinkai.

  • Aiki-Doh!-Ka: An Aikido Lexicon

    Kevin Love & Jon Oaker / (2008)

    Aikido / Anecdotal

    Summary: Category: Humor

  • Aiki: Collectors Edition

    Bernie Lau / Land Printing (1986)

    Aikido / Daito-ryu aikijujutsu / Historical

    Summary: This is a single-issue limited printing of 500. The author gives historical comparison of both Aikido and Aiki-Jujutsu. There are extensive photos of records and key historical figures, and a balanced synopsis about the histories of both arts.

  • Aiki: Journey to Self-Mastery

    Bill Sosa / Trafford Publishing (2004)


    Summary: A personal guide to self-mastery that will lead one to achieve whatever it is we were put on this earth to do, using principles of courage, compassion, kindness and faith. Aiki is a principle of energy that holds a powerful potential for individuals to reach beyond to limitations and boundaries of the self to take advantage of every opportunity to create peace and harmony in their own lives and the world around them.

  • Aikibatto: Sword Exercises for Aikido Students

    Stefan Stenudd / BookSurge (2007)

    Aikido / Historical / Technical

    Summary: Aikibatto is a system of sword and staff exercises for Aikido students, as well as for anyone interested in the Japanese martial arts. This book presents the basics and principles of the sophisticated sword arts developed by the Japanese warrior aristocracy, the samurai.

  • Aikido

    Ramboro Books / Ramboro Books (1999)


    Summary: Available info suggests that this is a very limited distribution of an Aikido photo introduction for kids. If you have a copy, please enter the relevant info into this listing, or contact with details.

  • Aikido

    Morihiro Saito / 1994


    Summary: This book may not exist. It is believed to be a misinterpretation of listings for the softcover editions in the "Traditional Aikido" series, by same author, same publisher, and same date of publication.

  • Aikido

    Kisshomaru Ueshiba / Hozansha Publishing (1963)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: One of the earliest and most recognized English-language Aikido works, this volume is a compilation of the earlier Japanese-language works entitled "Aikido" and "Aikido Giho" (or Gihou). Authored by the Nidai Doshu while O'Sensei was still alive, the book is primarily a collection of waza instruction, with photos and footwork diagrams. Edited and reprinted many times, and originally published in hardback with cardboard slipcover. The first softcover edition appeared in 1985.

  • Aikido

    Peter Brady / Lorenz Books (2006)

    Aikido / Biographical / Historical / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: A newly published British import, this is a basic Aikido overview in a quality package. There are sections on history, biographical data, the Aikido mindset, technical information, and self-defense. Note: A 2007 Lorenz release entitled "T'ai Chi and Aikido" contains a word-for-word republication of this book, along with a previous T'ai Chi publication.

  • Aikido

    John McBrewster / Alphascript Publishing (2009)


    Summary: This "book" is little more than an edited and reprinted compilation of information "harvested" from public domain sources (Wikipedia, etc.) that reference the term "aikido".

  • Aikido & The Dynamic Sphere

    A. Westbrook & O. Ratti / Charles E. Tuttle Company (1970)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere is a comprehensive technical introduction to 1960's-era Aikikai Aikido as taught in the United States. The book is effectively in two parts. The first part provides an overview of Aikido, including its history and organization, its technical place among other Japanese martial arts, its primary technical features, and its theory of defence. It is from this theory of defence that the book draws its title.

  • Aikido & The Harmony of Nature

    Mitsugi Saotome / Shambhala (1986)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: Saotome Shihan says in his dedication "Aikido is not philosophy. Aikido is the true expression and revelation of the ever-evolving functions of the universe;" and "In Asia the word Bu means to halt the danger of the thrusting blade. Since the beginnings of human culture, this concept of Bu has implied a global advancement toward the construction of a peaceful society." The rest of the book, translated by Patricia Saotome, attempts to explain these statements, with text, calligraphy, drawings, and photos. The 14 chapters include a History of the Founder, discussions of Truth, Justice, and Harmony, Aggression & the Evolution of Bujutsu, Aikido as a Budo and as a vehicle for the transmission of truth, Ki, the Training Process, the Education of an Uchi Deshi, and an examination of the Dojo as a Spritual Oasis. Although this is not a book on waza, technique is frequently discussed as a way to illustrate a point under discussion.

  • Aikido (Illustrated History of Martial Arts)

    Jerry Craven / The Rourke Corporation (1994)

    Children / Historical

    Summary: Probably aimed at teens and pre-teens, this book is a very basic history of the origins of Aikido. Illustrated with color drawings.

  • Aikido (Kids' Library of Martial Arts)

    Pamela Randall / 1st edition, PowerKids Press, New York (1999)

    Aikido / Children

    Summary: A very short introduction to Aikido for kids no older than elementary school.

  • Aikido - The Basics

    Bodo Roedel / Meyer & Meyer Fachverlag edition, Meyer & Meyer Fachverlag und Buchhandel GmbH (2010)


    Summary: Aikido is a highly developed martial art form based on standardized principles which the book explains by numerous examples of movements. The basics of the foot and hand movements are also covered. The details of the basic techniques of Aikido are described; the reader also learns their implementation. A closer look is further taken on the roles of the defender and the attacker.

  • Aikido and Bokata

    Bruce Tegner / Thor Publishing Co. (1983)


    Summary: This is a basic book along the lines of Tegner's other works, with classic and not-so-classic representations of empty-handed Aikido techniques, along with a few staff katas. Well illustrated.

  • Aikido and Chinese Martial Arts - Volume 1

    T. Sugawara & L. Xing / Sugiwara Martial Arts Institute/Japan Publications (1996)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Subtitled "Its Fundamental Relations", this first in a two-volume set attempts to draw parallels in the fundamentals between the ancient arts of Kung-Fu, and the more modern art of Aikido. There is much discussion of origin and background, and the book is well illustrated.

  • Aikido and Chinese Martial Arts - Volume 2

    T. Sugawara, L. Xing & M. Jones / Sugiwara Martial Arts Institute (1998)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Subtitled "Aikido and Weapons Training," this second in a two-volume set displays typical usage of the jo and ken in Aikido, and shows comparative data for similar weapons in the traditional Kung-Fu arsenal. The book is well illustrated.

  • Aikido and Jiu Jitsu - Holds and Locks

    Bruce Tegner / Thor Publishing Co. (1969)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Practical applications for Aikido pins and joint restraints. Well illustrated.

  • Aikido and Kung Fu: The Ancient Arts

    Don Smith / Troll Associates (1974)


    Summary: This booklet is a very basic pictorial overview of Kung-Fu and Aikido, presumably intended to offer the reader the opportunity to formulate a comparison of the two. One interesting feature is that the photographs are in full color, which is a rarity even today, much less thirty-odd years ago.

  • Aikido and Randori

    Scott Allbright / Crowood Press (2002)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book promotes the need for randori in aikido training. It is written from a Tomiki-style perspective.

  • Aikido and Spirituality

    Margaret Greenhalgh / VDM Verlag (2010)

    Aikido / Spiritual

    Summary: From the Publisher: Among the modern martial arts most often mentioned in relation to "spirituality" is the Japanese martial art aikido, created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 -1969) in the 1940s. He described aikido as an art of peace and viewed its practice as a spiritual endeavour. Academic observers, however, have cast doubt on the authenticity of spiritual content in the martial arts while others consider that spirituality is not possible outside the confines of established religion. This book refutes these arguments by exploring in detail aikido's relationship to Japan's spiritual traditions. Drawing extensively on Ueshiba's discourses and writings, it compares the aikido world view and practice methods with those of four belief systems influential in Japan - Daoism, Zen Buddhism, Shingon Mikkyo and Shinto. The book shows how Ueshiba pierced the meaning of these traditions and was able thereby to synthesise their spiritual practices creatively. It also sheds light on various sources of confusion surrounding spiritual aspects of the martial arts and should interest martial arts' practitioners and anyone concerned more widely with new forms of spirituality.

  • Aikido and the New Warrior

    Richard Strozzi Heckler / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California (1985)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: The editor, Richard Strozzi Heckler, says of Ueshiba O-Sensei, "Through the techniques developed in Aikido he brought to the world an alternative to our current form of heavy-handed militarism and turn-the-other-cheek pacifism....This anthology represents the expression of this New Warrior." Heckler presents interviews with or excerpts from the writings of seventeen Aikidoists (three of them women) who in some way have taken Aikido in a new direction exemplifying this "warrior" spirit. There is a short introduction by Heckler, and at the end of the book very brief bios on the contibutors and some suggestions for further reading. Also available in hardback, ISBN 0938190563.

  • Aikido and Words of Power

    William Gleason / Destiny Books (2009)

    Aikido / Spiritual / Technical

    Summary: This is a pre-release listing for this upcoming title (due February, 2009).

  • Aikido and Words of Power: The Sacred Sounds of the Kototama

    William Gleason / 1st edition, Destiny Books (2009)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: Click this link to buy an autographed copy of William Gleason's new book, "Aikido and Words of Power":

  • Aikido Association of America Student Manual

    Fumio et al. Toyoda & Morihei Ueshiba / A.A.A.

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This typical dojo handbook includes some basic historical Aikido background, and more detailed explanations of dojo conduct and etiquette, as well as training regimen and methods. Also included are rank requirements for beginning students through yondan.

  • Aikido Awakening: Learning How to Live

    "Aiki" Mike Moorehouse / (2010)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: A journey of psychological development through the ranks from white belt to black belt. Practice of techniques and dojo life as a path for personal growth. So much to see and know about yourself and others through repetitions of technique, which reveal the psychological state and behavioral issues. Contemplation reveals many insights into philosophy and religion.

  • Aikido Basics

    Phong Thong Dang & L. Seiser / 1st edition, Tuttle Publishing (2003)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This is a fairly detailed guide for the beginner, and as such includes chapters on history, philosophy, styles, clothing, safety, waza basics, physical and mental training, and advancement. The authors state "Because aikido is made up of these two distinct elements – the technique and the spirit – people are often drawn to one aspect of the art more than the other....What one discovers after dedicated practice is that these two seemingly separate elements are really interconnected, so that the spirit is discovered through practice of technique, and the technique is improved when the spirit is embraced."

  • Aikido Complete

    Yoshimitsu Yamada / second printing 1978 edition, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group (1969)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This is probably Yoshimitsu Yamada's first book. It begins with a congratulatory message from Koichi Tohei, a little history, and a discussion of "one-point" and "ki." The bulk of the book deals with ukemi and basic waza.

  • Aikido Conversations, In Drawings and Words

    C. Crane & J. Cutler-Shaw / 1999

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: A special boxed limited "art" edition (100 copies) of this book was also produced, one year prior to the release of the mainstream publication.

  • Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training

    C.M. Shifflett / Round Earth Publishing (1999)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This is a book of hints for the Aikido teacher, aimed at structuring the methodology for introductory training in basic waza, ukemi, balance and basic ki. It is a popular book, and one whose focus is different than the typical Aikido fare.

  • Aikido for Kids

    L. Santoro & J. Corso / second printing 1978 edition, Sterling Publishing, New York (1998)

    Children / Technical

    Summary: Though there are some techniques covered in this book, most of it--like O'Connor's "Student Handbook"-- is designed to present the beginner, in this case young people, with answers to questions such as what is Aikido, etiquette, warms ups, blending exercises, and a Note to Parents. The authors trained in Saotome's school and have taught kids classes for many years.

  • Aikido for Life

    Gaku Homma / North Atlantic Books (1990)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: Aikido for Life offers a simple explanation of Aikido and how it can be used to train mind, breath and body. The book is similar in structure to the beginners class at Nippon Kan. Not only does it offer simple explanations and illustrations of basic Aikido movements and techniques, it also offers a look at the philosophy behind Aikido. Aikido for Life does not try to be simply an instructional manual. Rather, it explains how Aikido can help develop not only healthy bodies but a positive approach to life as well. Aikido for Life presents a teacher's view of Aikido and was written for beginning and experienced students alike. (source: NipponKan website)

  • Aikido for Self-Discovery

    Stan Wrobel / 1st edition, Llewellyn Publications (2001)


    Summary: Unusual for a book on Aikido, this one has no pictures. It is a book-length essay on what one can learn from practicing Aikido. In the introduction, the author says, "There are many tools that can be used for self-exploration and expression. Aikido is one such tool." And, "I examine the many lessons [of Aikido practice] for ways to bring those lessons out from the training hall into everyday activities of living." The author is a 3rd Dan in Aikido and has trained in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.

  • Aikido From The Inside Out - An Online Beginner's Guide

    Howard Bornstein / Design EQ (2002)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: This free eBook is good for beginners and is available on line at Portuguese and Romanian translations are available at

  • Aikido in America

    R. Meyer & J. Stone / 1st edition, Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California (1995)


    Summary: The editors of this anthology have presented a picture of "American" Aikido. After a lengthy introduction, thirteen Sensei (three of them women) tell their own stories, each prefaced with some background material on that sensei. The senseis are presented in three sections: The Disciples, The Teachers, and The Innovators. The book concludes with a brief epilog, guidance on how to contact the senseis represented in the book, a suggested reading list, and a glossary of terms.

  • Aikido in Daily Life

    Koichi Tohei / 1966

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This is a popular book that outlines ki exercises and Aikido principles, and demonstrates how the practitioner can apply these techniques "off the mat" to improve daily living and thought processes. Reprinted many times. Softcover version appeared in early 70's.

  • Aikido In Everyday Life

    Terry Dobson & V. Miller / North Atlantic Books (1978)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: Subtitled "Giving In to Get Your Way", this book gives clear examples of how to use non-confrontational Aiki principles such as centering and blending to deal with the internal and external conflicts that face everyone.

  • Aikido in Three Easy Lessons (Aiki: The Power of Harmony)

    Richard Moon / Aiki Press (1997)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: This book, authored by a student of Robert Nadeau Sensei, describes the "Three Easy Lessons" practices as they relate to states of being, as opposed to techniques. It promotes a positive and constructive mental attitude.

  • Aikido in Training

    R. Crane & K. Crane / Cool Rain Productions (1993)


    Summary: This is an extensive reference of traditional Aikido practice and principles, depicting technique in precise, step-by-step manner. The text includes a full chapter on the life of O'Sensei, and the history of the development of Aikido. Well illustrated. Soft cover edition is ISBN 0963642960.

  • Aikido Insights

    Hoa Newens / (2010)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: In this collection of essays Hoa Newens Sensei shares his insights on various aspects of Aikido training. The content of the essays is drawn from his forty-four years of experience in this martial art that is also known as the Art of Peace. These 31 essays were written over a period of fifteen years and were meant to guide Aikido students in the intangible aspect of Aikido practice. Subjects discussed include, among other things, conflict resolution, ultimate self-defense, kata practice, teachings of Morihiro Saito Shihan, and the concept of Rei in martial arts. Readers from all styles of martial arts and at all levels will find gems that will enrich their own training.

  • Aikido Master Guide

    Allie Jordan / CreateSpace (2009)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: From the Publisher: "Wish you had your own Aikido Master that would take you step by step, learning this powerful martial art? Be there to teach you the combat techniques to dominate in any situation? We can help. Learn about: Aikido Combat Basic Guide to Aikido Where to Practice Fundamentals of Aikido How to Choose an Aikido Studio Aikido Weaponry Aikido Secrets Hard Style Aikido And much more. Take this step to dominate in Aikido - get this guide today."

  • Aikido Masters - Volume 1

    Stanley Pranin / First Edition edition, Aiki News (1993)

    Biographical / Historical

    Summary: From the Preface: "Aikido Masters: Prewar Students of Morihei Ueshiba" contains materials from interviews conducted in Japan over an eighteen-year period by the staff of Aiki News magazine. The fourteen individuals presented are all leading students of Morihei Ueshiba from the prewar years who participated in the process which culminated in the birth of modern aikido."

  • Aikido Memoirs

    Alan Ruddock / for Aiki Pathways (2009)

    Aikido / Biographical / Historical

    Summary: From the Publisher: One Irishman's lifetime search for the answer to the mystery of Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido.

  • Aikido of Sadao Yoshioka, The

    Sadao Yoshioka / None (2003)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: This e-book is an introspective narrative about the author's experiences through his training and subsequent teaching of Aikido. Much of this work is a personal perspective and philosophy.

  • Aikido Pioneers: Prewar Era

    Stanley Pranin / Aiki News (2010)

    Aikido / Biographical / Historical

    Summary: The interviews contained in "Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era" have been meticulously edited from hundreds of hours of conversations conducted over a 30-year period with those closest to the Founder. These early devotees of the art offer an insightful portrayal of the character of the Aikido Founder, and a detailed description of his teaching and activities, spanning nearly half a century. More than 100 photos, many published for the first time, add an important visual dimension to the testimonies of the interviewees. This is an essential volume for those desiring to discover the roots of Aikido, a true cultural treasure of Japan.

  • Aikido Principles

    Stefan Stenudd / Arriba (2008)

    Aikido / Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: This book is basically a re-titled edition of the book "Aikido: The Peaceful Martial Art".

  • Aikido Randori

    T. Nariyama / First edition, Shodokan (2010)


    Summary: Aikido randori is a competitive practice followed within the Japan Aikido Association (JAA) and allied organizations around the world. Judo and kendo are well known for incorporating competitive practice and, as an extension, competitions. Competitive aikido is less well known but is equal to both as a contemporary budo from historical, technical and educational viewpoints.

  • Aikido Self-Defense: Holds & Locks for Modern Use

    Bruce Tegner / Thor Publishing (1961)

    Aikido / Judo / Jujutsu / Technical

    Summary: This is another of Tegner's quasi-Aikido self-defense books, many of which are simply reincarnations of previous books. What sets this book apart is the fairly accurate description of the nature of Aikido as a benevolent, non-violent art, and the very early date of publication (1961), which means that it pre-dates practically all other English-language mainstream publications pertaining to Aikido, except for a Tomiki book from 1956, a couple by Makiyama in the late 50's or 1960, and Tohei's first book in 1960. Collectible for this reason, contents notwithstanding.

  • Aikido Shugyo: Harmony in Confrontation

    Gozo Shioda / Shindokan Books (2002)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: Aikido Shugyo, by Gozo Shioda, was originally released in Japanese in 1991. Throughout this important and insightful work, Shioda Sensei relates many stories about the time he spent training directly with the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei, about his war-time experiences and about his years as the Headmaster of the Yoshinkan. He also uses countless anecdotes to convey important insights into the functioning and application of Aikido techniques. Aikido Shugyo will inspire anyone interested in traditional martial arts with its lessons, its history, and its straight-forward approach to the application of Aikido techniques. Aikido Shugyo is a rare insight from one of the leading and most well-known martial artists of his time. Already a “classic” in Japanese, it is a required text for every martial arts library. This first ever English publication is a faithful and complete presentation of the original Japanese text and includes a Forward by Kyoichi Inoue Sensei, 9th Dan, Dojo-cho of the Yoshinkan Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. An early edition, in green leatherette with gilded corners, does exist.

  • Aikido Sketch Diary

    Gaku Homma / Frog Ltd. (1994)


    Summary: This book is an unusual collection of anecdotes built around the drawings and sketches of the author. Humorous and entertaining.

  • Aikido Student Handbook, The

    Greg O'Connor / 1st edition, Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California (1991)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: This handbook was written by Greg O’Connor, longtime shidoin and founder of Aikido Schools of New Jersey. The second image is of the back cover of the paperback. He has subtitled his book “A Guide to the Philosophy, Spirit, Etiquette, and Training Methods of Aikido.” This short book introduces the new Aikido student to what he (she) may expect on the mat and what may be expected of him. There is a large amount of detailed and practical information on Aikido history, terminology, promotions, practice methods, and especially etiquette. If dojo ambiance were categorized as either Militaristic, Businesslike, or Communitarian, O’Connor’s recommendation would be the latter, which probably places him within the majority of Aikido dojos

  • Aikido Talks

    Susan Perry & R. Rubin / 1st edition, Arete Press, Claremont, California (2001)


    Summary: Susan Perry and Ronald Rubin, of Aikido Today Magazine, interview twenty American Aikidoists, four of them women. There is an introduction by the authors and a glossary of people and terms at the end.

  • Aikido Techniques and Tactics

    Gary Bennett / 1st edition, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois (1997)


    Summary: The author provides twelve chapters with photos, demonstrating "street application" of what he calls Aikido.

  • Aikido Terminology

    Michael Taylor / 2nd edition, Michael W. Taylor (2004)


    Summary: This is a cross-reference guide, containing English/Japanese entries, including Kanji, for commonly used Aikido terminology.

  • Aikido Toho Iai

    Michael Russ / Meyer & Meyer Sport (2006)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, often said to his students that training for Aikido without using the sword is not enough. For the first time, this book introduces a system founded by Shoji Nishio Sensei called Aikido Toho Iai, which is the connection between the art of sword drawing and Aikido techniques. The sword is the origin of the Aikido techniques, and this book shows you how to use it the right way. Using the examples of 15 sword forms and the corresponding Aikido techniques, the book enables you to create your own sword form for different Aikido techniques by understanding the principles of the sword. This will bring you more success in the martial arts and much more fun while training for it.

  • Aikido Training Text

    Masatake Fujita / Aikikai Foundation, Aikido Hombu Dojo (1970)


    Summary: This text is a translation of a text of “Aikido Training” of the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. This is 35 pages long with no illustrations or photographs. Many bindings exist, some hardbound, some softcover. Bindings are all post-distribution.

  • Aikido Weapons Techniques

    Phong Thong Dang & L. Seiser / Tuttle Publishing (2006)

    Aikido / Historical / Technical

    Summary: This is a basic aiki weapons primer, including background on the origins of weapons usage in Aikido training. The discussion is limited to the primary weapons; ken, jo, and tanto. Included in some detail are the spiritual implications of weapons training.

  • Aikido with Ki

    Koichi Tohei & K. Maruyama / 1st edition, Kodansha International (1984)

    Spiritual / Technical

    Summary: This is a beginners' guide to the philosophy and techniques of Shin-Shin Toitsu Aikido. The author is a direct, long time student of Koichi Tohei, who "supervised" the production of this book. Part one spends a few pages on the philosophy of this branch of Aikido. Part two, details 55 basic exercises and techniques reminiscent of Tohei's first books. The photos are clear and the explanatory text extensive. There is an appendix on care of the hakama, and a short glossary.

  • Aikido Yuishinkai Student Handbook

    Michael Williams / Aikido Yuishinkai (2004)


    Summary: Although classically bound and more detailed than most, this book is basically a typical handbook, with basic dojo etiquette, folding the uniform, and rank requirements.

  • Aikido, Aikibijitsu and the Structure of Natural Law

    John Thomas Read / Mill City Press (2010)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Based in an original and insightful exploration of the nature of consciousness and the meaning of meditation, Aikido, Aikibojitsu and the Structure of Natural Law offers a compelling description of the behavior of energy in non-resistant systems in general, and in particular the behavior of energy in the spiritually profound art forms of Aikido and Aikibojitsu.

  • Aikido, Iron Balls and Elbow Power

    Nick Waites / 2nd edition, Brancepeth Computer Publications (2008)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: Alex Essani, the Aikido teacher and practitioner, whose thoughts about the practice of Aikido are expressed in this book, does not actually exist - he is a fictitious character invented by the author as a means of exploring ideas.

  • Aikido, Keri-waza

    Mark Stokmans / 1st edition, (2008)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Aikido, Keri-waza deals with a subject which is not commonplace in most aikido dojos; defensive techniques against kicks. This book aims at providing a basis of training in Keri-waza. Not only an explanation of techniques but also explaining how training can be structured to enable educational, safe and fun practice. Keri-waza will not only broaden the view of any aikidoka upon this great art, but can provide a starting point for the exploration of the exciting world of kicks. Training in these forms teaches aikidoka a new form of flexibility, endurance, limberness, balance, martial sense and movement. The book includes a brief historical overview of martial arts relevant to this field of study, a theoretical and technical introduction into training Keri-waza and includes a detailed explanation (with full-color photographs) of 42 techniques to Mae-geri (forward kick) and Mawashi-geri (roundhouse kick). 140 full-color pages including almost 400 photos. On-demand publishing by An identical issue, but completely in black/white photography, is also available.

  • Aikido: Basic and Intermediate Studies

    John Litchen / First edition, Trafford Publishing (2005)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: A comprehensive text, fully illustrated, with detailed explanations covering most of the initial studies a new student will undertake at basic and intermediate levels. Update for 2006: This book is now available in a reprint edition (basically the same as the Trafford book, but now published in Australia by the author). The new ISBN# for this second printing is 1921207043.

  • Aikido: Ki Society Australia Student Guide

    Michael Williams / 3rd edition, Ki Society Australia (2000)

    Aikido / Biographical / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: A well-organized basic student manual with background and basic techniques, also a syllabus for kyu ranks. Well-illustrated with drawings.

  • Aikido: A Beginner's Guide

    Dunken Francis / 3rd edition, Wooden Dragon Press (2003)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: All the major aspects of Aikido techniques are clearly laid out in this beautiful beginner's guide book to Aikido. Beautifully illustrated with over 100 photographs and using a clever "page per topic" format, it's ideal for the newcomer to the martial arts or for those just curious about Aikido or self defence.

  • Aikido: A Beginner's Text

    Gregory Olson / Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. (1996)


    Summary: As the title would imply, this is a book for Aikido beginners, with descriptions of dojo etiquette and information so basic that it is often not found in books, such as how to tie an obi. There is also basic technical information, and suggestions toward training attitude.

  • Aikido: A Dialogue of Movement - Vol. 1

    J.A.W. Wilkinson / J. & A. Publications (1966)


    Summary: This is a short volume, with only some basic facts about ukemi, basic attacks, and a few techniques. It is prepared from the standpoint of the Tomiki system. Listed as "Volume 1", there were in fact no additional volumes published.

  • Aikido: A Supplement to Dojo Training

    Jeffrey Baygents / 1981


    Summary: Very little info is available about this book, although there is data to suggest it may have been published more than once. If you have a copy, please expand on the info here, or contact with details.

  • Aikido: Beyond Aggression

    Massimo diVilladorata / Habitex Books (1974)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This is an English language edition of a book originally published in French. Well illustrated, with descriptions of basic techniques, as well as discussions of ki and the root philosophies of Aikido.

  • Aikido: Essential Guide to Mastering the Art

    Bruce Allemann / New Holland Publishing (2004)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This is a clearly presented basic guide to Aikido training and some basic technique with many full-color photographs.

  • Aikido: Harmony and Experience

    Heinz Patt / Reuverton Editions Bonn (2007)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book explains the basic principles and the essential characteristics of Aikido, and presents the most important sequences of movement, as well as the attack and defence forms, in a richly illustrative series of photographs. This guidebook is intended for both the beginner as well as the experienced practitioner in their study of this martial art. Bilingual English/Deutsch.

  • Aikido: Harmony and Relationship - The Art of Perception in a Practice of Peace

    Giuseppe Ruglioni / distrib. edition, Erga Edition, Genova, Italy (2008)


    Summary: The path proposed here is the search for harmony between our interior life and the exterior life. A path that helps us to confront ourselves with the conflicts and the struggles,through the Art of Perception in a practice of Relationship and Peace. The volume (with a DVD included) is provided with more than three hundred images complement the books practical descriptions . It is not a manual of techniques, but an innovative proposal of how to use the Art of the Perception to overcome the interior and social conflicts through Aikido, a practice of Relationship and Peace.

  • Aikido: Heart and Sword

    Andre Nocquet / Aiki News (1996)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: Originally published in French in 1991 as "Le Coeur Épée," and subsequently translated to English in 1996 by Aiki News. The author trained extensively in Japan, and this book contains some of his perceptions of the teachings of O'Sensei, and the basis of the spirit of Aikido.

  • Aikido: Its Heart and Appearance

    Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Minato Research and Publishing Co., Ltd. (1975)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book has a publication date of 1975, while his popular first series, Traditional Aikido, ranged from 1973 to 1976. "Heart & Appearance" appears to be a shortened form of the series, intending the "further popularization of Aikido" and "correct initiation into the art." As such it focuses on etiquette, movement basics, and a quite limited set of techniques.

  • Aikido: Kannagara Dojo Handbook

    Kannagara Dojo / Kannagara Dojo

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: The production of this dojo manual was probably supervised by Koichi Barrish Sensei. The manual covers some basic techniques, and has a glossary of terms. It also contains an unusual amount of philosophical impressions for a dojo manual. Well illustrated

  • Aikido: Lessons for Life

    David Battaglia / Amerasian Defensive Arts (2001)


    Summary: This book contains chapters on O'Sensei and general aikido philosophy, as well as specific lessons drawn from various students of the author. Non-illustrated.

  • Aikido: Living by Design

    Mitsugi Saotome / Arete Press (2003)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: In this book, Saotome Sensei shows how he takes Aikido philosophy "off the mat" into his painting, calligraphy, clothing design and cooking. It is a unique glimpse at a man who truly has lived an Aikido life.

  • Aikido: More Than a Martial Art

    Roger Taylor / Atlantic Leisure Ltd. (1999)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: The author is an accomplished writer, although primarily of fictional "warrior-hero" works. An Aikido devotee, he discusses the basic techniques and philosophies here, in what can best be described as an objective overview. No illustrations.

  • Aikido: Moving On

    Alan Drysdale / Spitz Publishing (2002)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This volume is the next logical step from the material presented in the author's previous book, "Doing Aikido". In "Moving On", the reader is presented with detailed suggestions intended for yudansha, including how to enhance and grow in training, understanding the physics and dynamics inside the techniques, taking Aikido "off the mat", and human physiology as it relates to Aikido practice.

  • Aikido: One Month

    Stephen Kilmer / (2008)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Proverbial

    Summary: A photo-essay of the author's Aikido experiences, with photos paired with Aikido anecdotes.

  • Aikido: Philosophy and Change

    John Saviano / Aikido Fudoshin Kai (1993)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This book is a collection of the author's thoughts as they relate to his Aikido geneology and the system in which he teaches. Quoted are several of his past and present teachers, as well as other prominent artists that have had an influence. There are also photos and descriptions of some basic techniques.

  • Aikido: Principles of Kata and Randori

    Nick Lowry / 12 Winds (1998)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: From the Tomiki or Fugakukai perspective, this book is a technical summary of Aikido training, with emphasis on the Kata/Randori methodologies. Sparingly illustrated.

  • Aikido: The American Way

    Andrew Crawford / Arizona State University (1989)


    Summary: This is actually a baccalaureate thesis from a few years back that has garnered enough vague references on the web that it is thought by some to be a published work. It is a basic overview of Aikido history and organizational structure, mixed with the author's commentary. Some coverage is given to the basic philosophy of Aikido, and to the trends occurring as the art absorbs Western exposure. Modestly illustrated, with glossary of terms and considerable bibliography. Copies may be obtained by contacting the Library Archives department at Arizona State University.

  • Aikido: The Art of Fighting Without Fighting

    Unknown / 2003


    Summary: This widely distributed e-book is an anecdotal commentary on the philosophy of Aikido as it relates to peaceful resolution of real-life conflict. It espouses from the standpoint of a person with a violent history that violence is not the answer.

  • Aikido: The Arts of Self-Defense

    Koichi Tohei / Rikugei Publishing House (1960)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: U.K. editions may utilize the U.K. spelling of "defence". This book and "Aikido: The Coordination of Mind and Body for Self-Defense" are basically interchangeable, as these books has been edited and reprinted numerous times in both hardback and softcover. The early hardback editions are characterized by an unusual heavy twill fabric covering. The book contains descriptions of warmups and ki exercises, as well as descriptions of some basic techniques. Well-illustrated. Alternate dust jacket was found on numerous first editions.

  • Aikido: The Book in Between

    Mario-Gunter Frastas / Trafford Publishing (2005)


    Summary: This is a collection of the author's thoughts and interpretations of the lessons he has absorbed through his aikido training on such subjects as love and sex, the sword, nutrition, politics, and others. Modestly illustrated.

  • Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques

    Gozo Shioda & Yasuhisa Shioda / Kodansha (2006)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Originally published in Japanese (Aikido Kihon-waza) in the late 1970's, this purely technical text primarily deals with the basic throws that form the early stages of aikido practice. Photo work is a mixture of the earlier Gozo Shioda work, along with more recent updated photos.

  • Aikido: The Coordination of Mind and Body for Self Defence

    Koichi Tohei / U.K. softcover edition edition, Souvenir Press, London (1996)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This is the U.K. edition of the staple text often titled "Aikido: The Arts of Self-Defense", originally published in the early 1960's by Rikugei Publishing House. The U.K. spelling of "defence" is used in this edition. The two titles are basically interchangeable, as this book has been edited and reprinted numerous times in both hardback and softcover. The book contains descriptions of warmups and ki exercises, as well as descriptions of some basic techniques. Well-illustrated.

  • Aikido: The Essential Introductory Guide

    Jon Pearson / Vermilion (1991)

    Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: This is a reprinted version done in 1997 of the 1991 book "An Introduction to Aikido" by the same author, but different publisher. The text is identical. It is a basic overview of the history, philosophy, and practice of Aikido, with an emphasis on the methodology of training and advanced training.

  • Aikido: The Heavenly Road

    Kenji Shimizu / edition q (1994)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This profusely illustrated volume uses sequential photography to present numerous techniques and exercises.

  • Aikido: The Peaceful Martial Art

    Stefan Stenudd / BookSurge (2008)

    Aikido / Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: This book represents the principles and basic concepts of Aikido - deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy and the refined ideals of the samurai. It is not a technical manual, but an exploration of the thoughts and theories at work in Aikido practice. This book has been re-issued with the revised title "Aikido Principles".

  • Aikido: The Science of Self-Defense

    Thomas Makiyama / First edition, Herbert Jenkins, London (1963)


    Summary: Please note that the author copyright is 1960 and that this book appears to be the first edition published by Herbert Jenkins in 1963. This book may have been published in 1960 using the title "The Techniques of Aikido: A Science of Physical Self Defense."

  • Aikido: The Tomiki Way

    Neil Saunders / Trafford Publishing (2003)


    Summary: This book introduces a new student to Tomiki Aikido, while also providing useful reference material to an advanced practitioner of Aikido., regardless of style. This book contains over 1100 photographs demonstrating the kata system (including all six Koryu-No-Kata) of Tomiki Aikido, as well as explaining etiquette, basic movements, and ukemi that are used in this system.

  • Aikido: The Way of Harmony

    John Stevens / 1st edition, Shambhala Publications Inc, Boston (1984)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This early book by John Stevens is a technical manual of basic techniques, though the first 23 pages do contain interesting historical and philosophical material. Because the book focuses on Shirata Renjiro Sensei, it is of special interest, being a rare source on this remarkable teacher. A Random House printing (ISBN 0394714261) also exists.

  • Aikido: The Way of the Black Star

    Tony Brown / The Pentland Press (1997)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Subtitled "Aikido Basics", this book is a basic guide to the training philosophies and regime in the "Black Star" system practiced by the author. It is as much about how to teach and train as it is about actual technique. Well illustrated.

  • Aikido: Tomiki Style (Randori No Kata)

    M.J. Clapton / 1st edition, Paul H. Crompton Ltd, England; Talman Co., U.S. (1975)


    Summary: The author presents the 17 techniques of the Tomiki style Randori No Kata.

  • Aikido: Tradition and the Competitive Edge

    F. Shishida & T. Nariyama / Shodokan Publishing (1985)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This readable guide takes a comprehensive look at Shodokan Aikido, from origins to practice. Learn aikido theory and methods, and understand their significance in aikido history. This popular Japanese text on the history and techniques of Shodokan Aikido is now translated into English for the first time.

  • Aikido: Tradition and the New Tomiki Free Fighting Method

    Nobuyoshi Higashi / 1st edition, Unique Publications, Burbank, California (1989)


    Summary: The author, who holds 6th Dan in Tomiki Aikido and high rank in several other martial arts, presents the basics of Tomiki-ryu waza, with photos and text. Coverage of each technique is minimal, but a large number of techniques are covered in the book. Defense against kicks and knife attacks are included, and there is a long section on promotion requirements.

  • Aikido: Traditional Art & Modern Sport

    Brian Bagot / 1st edition, The Crowood Press, Ltd., England (1990)

    Historical / Technical

    Summary: The author teaches in England, and the book appears to reflect the Tomiki and Iwama traditions. It is a detailed, beginner's guide to Aikido, including text and photos. Sword and staff waza are also introduced, including the 31 step jo kata. At the end of the book are a glossary and even a guide to Japanese writing and pronunciation. Also produced as a hardback volume (ISBN # 1852234261)

  • Aikido: Yamato Aikikai

    Kazuo Nomura / English edition, Budo International (2009)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: From the Publisher:

  • Aikido: Yurusu Budo

    Shoji Nishio / Aiki News (2004)


    Summary: This book is the lone volume written by Nishio Sensei himself. After resisting all efforts to persuade him to write a book, Nishio Sensei reconsidered after the passing of Yamaguchi Sensei and Saito Sensei. This is intended to be his legacy work, yet meant in the humblest of ways. Yurusu Budo means "budo of acceptance." In this book, Nishio Sensei attempts to explain the changing meaning of budo, from purely contentious to benevolent and giving, as was the evolution of O'Sensei's design of Aikido. There is much technical content, and the volume is well illustrated.

  • Aikido; The Basics

    Bodo Roedel / Meyer & Meyer (2010)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: From the Publisher: Aikido is a highly developed martial art form based on standardized principles which the book explains by numerous examples of movements. The basics of the foot and hand movements are also covered. The details of the basic techniques of Aikido are not merely described; the reader also learns their implementation. A close look is taken on the roles of the defender and the attacker.

  • An Obese White Gentleman in No Apparent Distress

    Riki Moss / Blue Snake Books (2009)

    Aikido / Biographical

    Summary: Although novels are not normally included in this bibliography, this particular one is quite relevant, as it is loosely based on the life of one of Aikido's more colorful individuals, Terry Dobson, as written by his partner, Riki Moss.

  • Anatomy of Change, The

    Richard Strozzi Heckler / Shambala, then North Atlantic Books (1984)


    Summary: 1st North Atlantic Books printing 1993. Early publication by Shambhala (ISBN#0394727037). The body’s innate capacity for feeling, intuition, and compassion can enable us to heal our physical and emotional wounds. In The Anatomy of Change, Richard Heckler draws on Aikido and Lomi Body Work to demonstrate how a set of practices can bring new awareness and choice into our daily life.

  • Ancient Secrets of Aikido, The

    Senta Yamada / S. Yamada (1961)


    Summary: This booklet is the first by Senta Yamada Sensei, and the first Aikido book published in the U.K. It contains a brief history of Aikido, along with principles and theory, and concludes with an explanation of Yamada Sensei's "fifteen basic techniques." Well illustrated with hand drawings. Note: A recent (2004) 76-page re-edit and reprint of this book has been published (see red cover photo).

  • Angry White Pyjamas

    Robert Twigger / Indigo (1997), Quill (2000) (1997)

    Anecdotal / Biographical

    Summary: Angry White Pyjamas is an autobiography subtitled in numerous ways, including "A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons from the Tokyo Riot Police." It details just over a year in the life of the author, Robert Twigger (who genuinely is a prize-winning poet educated at Oxford), as he takes the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo's year-long senshusei course (which again, is genuinely the course taken by the Tokyo Riot Police). Told in the form of a linear narrative primarily involving the author, it presents more the "spirit" of the senshusei course as Twigger experienced it rather than details of the technical curriculum. Along the way it also provides anecdotes involving many major figures of the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo in the early 1990s. Twigger also includes stories about his impressions of contemporary Japan outside of the Aikido context. The book is classified as Memoirs/Travel on the back cover.

  • Art of Aikido, The

    Kisshomaru Ueshiba / Kodansha International (2004)

    Aikido / Historical / Technical

    Summary: This book is a compilation of Kisshomaru’s writings on Aikido. It will provide the reader with deep insight into both the spiritual and technical dimensions of Aikido, and explain its central features—ki energy, breathing methods, posture, among others. The book is detailed with many dynamic photos, depicting the author, and his son Moriteru (present Doshu, and the author of The Aikido Master Course), carrying out the techniques.

  • Art of Blending, The

    North Bay Aikido / Thomson-Shore (1993)


    Summary: This book is primarily a cookbook, with recipies mingled with aikido anecdotes.

  • Art of Peace, The

    John Stevens & Morihei Ueshiba / Shambhala (1992)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Proverbial

    Summary: This is one of the most popular Aikido books of all time. Originally published as a pocket-sized volume (see photo with yellow cover), a full-sized softcover edition (see photo with white cover - 93pp, ISBN#1570629641) was published in 1992. The book is a collection of writings and quotations by O'Sensei, translated and edited by John Stevens Sensei.

  • Art of Peace, The

    John Stevens & Morihei Ueshiba / 2004

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: This is a special leather-bound hand printed one-off edition produced in Europe.

  • Attacks in Aikido

    Stefan Stenudd / BookSurge (2008)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: For the first time: an aikido book that focuses on the attack techniques! Although aikido is a purely defensive martial art, attack techniques need to be practiced in order for the training partners to exercise the defense against them. And for the aikido skills to increase, the attacking skills must improve accordingly. This book presents all the attacks practiced in aikido – grips as well as strikes, punches, and kicks. Also attacks with a sword, a stick, and a knife are included. Each of these attack techniques is examined in depth, with lots of advice and pointers for beginners as well as advanced aikido students. The book also contains commented lists of all possible combinations of attack and defense techniques. A dictionary of the aikido terminology is included, too.

  • Basic Aikido

    Wayne Tourda / Custom Publishing Co. (1981)


    Summary: This is a very basic technical manual, which describes a few basic waza, along with descriptions of kneeling, bowing, zazen, atemi, etc. The book is edited by David Dye Sensei, who also acts as Tourda Sensei's uke for the photographs. This pair collaborated later for a follow-up book, "Intermediate Aikido".

  • Beginner's Guide to Aikido, A

    L. Reynosa & J. Billingiere / 1st edition, R and B Publishing Company, Ventura, California (1988)


    Summary: A basic beginner's Aikido book, with pages devoted to terminology and dojo etiquette, as well as interviews with many of those teachers to have influenced the Author during his Aikido career. There have been numerous re-edits and reprints.

  • Best Aikido 2: The Aikido Master Course

    Moriteru Ueshiba / Kodansha International (2003)


    Summary: In this follow-up to his earlier book, "Best Aikido: The Fundamentals", Moriteru Doshu presents step-by-step descriptions of more advanced techniques, grouped by categories such as throws, pins, weapon taking and multiple attackers. Profusely illustrated.

  • Best Aikido: The Fundamentals

    Moriteru Ueshiba / Kodansha International (2002)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: From the Publisher: At last, the complete and authoritative introduction to all the fundamentals of Aikido, coauthored by the two direct successors to the Founder of the martial art, Morihei Ueshiba. Coauthors Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba, son and grandson of the Founder, seek to carry on his legacy and to share with the millions of men and women around the world practicing Aikido today the most important techniques and principles of the art.

  • Beyond the Known

    Tri Thong Dang / 1st edition, Charles E. Tuttle Co. (1993)

    Philosophical / Proverbial

    Summary: The author, a very widely respected martial artist, has selected a number of "teaching tales" from Asian traditions. These deal with the relationship of master and disciple, the nature of dedication, the analysis of goals, the meaning of awards, and other "internal" issues. The author ends his Introduction with, "Let us now attend to the heart of the matter, as we recognize that the growth of art flowers exclusively from within. This book will speak to all true seekers of the essence of martial-arts training, be they from West or East." Republished in 2002 under ISBN 0804834652.

  • Black Belt Master Course in Nihon Goshin Aikido, The

    W. Kopitov & F. Bowers / Bowers Publications (2000)


    Summary: This book is a technical description of many of the waza of the Nihon Goshin system, which developed, not out of O'Sensei's Aikido, but parallel to it, also from Daito Ryu Aikijutsu. Founded by Shodo Morita Sensei, a student of Yoshiro Kotaro Sensei, Nihon Goshin Aikido was first brought to America in the 60's by Richard Bowe Sensei.

  • Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword

    Dave Lowry / 1st edition, Ohara Publications, Santa Clarita, CA (1986)


    Summary: The author has trained in Japan in several martial traditions and is concerned that the ryu may be lost or diluted unless an effort is made to preserve them. In this book, he presents the basics of training with the boken, or wooden sword. His chapters include origins, training rationale, equipment, basics, striking methods, combination techniques, and training with a partner. A glossary completes the book.

  • Book of Ki: Coordinating Mind and Body in Daily Life

    Koichi Tohei / 1st edition, Japan Publications, Inc., Tokyo, Japan (1979)

    Anecdotal / Biographical / Technical

    Summary: Book of Ki: Co-ordinating Mind and Body in Daily Life, published in 1976, marks one of Koichi Tohei's Sensei's first post-Aikikai attempts to present his ideas about Ki, specifically in terms of an energy that can be useful outside the practice of Aikido itself. Although Aikido is mentioned frequently, the book includes no description of Aikido techniques per se, although many of the stretching and Ki development exercises are those found in the Ki Society curriculum. Ki development is represented through descriptions matched with either black and white photographs (some including Tohei himself, then just over 50 years old) or black and white line drawings in the style of simple manga.

  • Bruce Tegner's Complete Book of Aikido and Hold's And Locks

    Bruce Tegner / 2nd printing Sep-1974 edition, Bantam Books (also Grosset & Dunlap and Thor Publishing) (1970)


    Summary: There are numerous incarnations of this book, with different publishers and different covers, all from the early to mid 70's. The book is typical Tegner fare, with ample illustrations showing aiki-like techniques. Also in this book are descriptions and photos of Aikido joint locks and pins used in practical self-defense situations.

  • Budo Aikido: Kukyu Training Manual

    John Barr / Budo Aikido Association (1983)

    Karate / Technical

    Summary: This book is the basic curriculum for "kukyu" rank in "Budo Aikido", which seems to be a system comprised of elements of Aikido, Karate. JuJitsu and Judo (primarily Karate, it appears). Included are descriptions of warmups and stretching, and some basic techniques.

  • Budo Renshu (Budo Training in Aikido)

    Morihei Ueshiba / 1978

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual / Technical

    Summary: This book was originally one of the two compiled works of O'Sensei, published in Japanese in 1933. This edition has been painstakingly translated into bilingual English/Japanese by Larry and Seiko Bieri, and republished in 1978 under the supervision of Kisshomaru Ueshiba Doshu. It is profusely illustrated with hand drawings, and bound in the traditional Japanese fashion, with cardboard slipcover. The book reads back-to-front. Covered are much technique and explanation of principles.

  • Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters

    John Stevens / 1st edition, Shambhala (2001)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: Editor John Stevens brings to one volume samples of the work of many notable figures in the history of Japanese martial arts. These works are mostly translation excerpts, but quite a few are drawings. Chapter One, The Principles of Budo, includes 14 short selections; Chapter Two, The Philosophy of Budo, contains five; and Chapter Three, Tales of the Masters of Budo, contains a few dozen selections, ranging from a paragraph to a page or so. There is a bibiography of Japanese and English source materials. A hardback edition (ISBN 1570624461) was also issued in 2001 by Shambhala.

  • Budo Training in Aikido

    Morihei Ueshiba / Sugawara Martial Arts Institute (1997)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is an English translation of "Budo Renshu", which was the first of two books actually authored by O'Sensei in the 1930's. Illustrations are reproductions of the original drawings from that text. Although primarily technical in nature, the book does contain an interesting chapter on the doka. An alternate cover design (blue background) with a different ISBN (0870409824) was used in the 1997 First Edition. Content is the same in either volume.

  • Budo: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido

    Morihei Ueshiba / 1st edition, Kodansha International (1991)

    Biographical / Technical

    Summary: Budo, the only manual produced by O Sensei, was published before the war, in 1938, but he strictly limited its distribution. Around 1990, the Ueshiba family decided to publish this book. Then Doshu Kishomaru Ueshiba added a biography of O Sensei. Also added were a collection of photos of O Sensei demonstrating technique in 1936 at the Noma Dojo. The text is translated by John Stevens.

  • Bukiwaza: Basic and Advanced - Aiki Jo

    Ethan Weisgard / EMW Enterprises (2004)


    Summary: This book is part of a two-volume set, the other being an aiki ken tutorial. The author, a long-time devotee of Morihiro Saito Sensei, presents a detailed description of Iwama-style jo techniques. Profusely illustrated with color photos.

  • Bukiwaza: Basic and Advanced - Aiki Ken

    Ethan Weisgard / EMW Enterprises (2004)


    Summary: Like its aiki jo counterpart in the two-volume set, this book presents many Iwama-style techniques, this volume with the aiki ken (wooden sword). Profusely illustrated with color photos.

  • Center: The Power of Aikido

    R. Meyer & M. Reeder / Frog Ltd. (2000)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: Using a question-and-answer format, "Center" outlines the five elements of power that the aikido enthusiast must use to succeed, and it explains strategic applications of movement that give the practitioner the advantage. Moving beyond techniques and forms, this engaging hands-on book explores the underlying dynamics of moving energy through the body and manipulating the energy of the aggressor. Written by two senior students of Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei.

  • Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido Point of View

    Gaku Homma / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California (1993)

    Children / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: Gaku Homma Sensei's dojo in Denver, Colorado, has included classes for children for many years. This book presents his approach to teaching them. The first part discusses what is unique about kids and explains how instruction of them differs from the instruction of adults. The second part details the basic techniques he covers with children, with explanations on how and why these should be taught.

  • Combat Aikido

    Donald Lawson / CreateSpace (2008)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: (From the Publisher) "Combat Aikido is term used to describe a hybrid of traditional Aikido which breaks the art form down to its martial roots. It disregards some of the philosophy and many of the less effective techniques of traditional Aikido, concentrating instead on only on the martial application of the art form. Combat Aikido is a training manual for anyone seeking to learn a realistic form of the martial art of Aikido. Combat Aikido techniques are only those which will work in real fights where there are no rules and losing is not an option. Combat Aikido explains only practical Aikido techniques in an in depth and easy to learn and easy to understand format. This book is written and designed to be used by those with no prior martial arts training. Its down to earth, practical application of the art of Aikido will benefit those with years of formalized training as well."

  • Commentary on Budo (Takemusu Aikido Special Edition)

    Morihiro Saito / Aiki News (1999)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This special edition of the Takemusu Aikido technical series presents an historical overview of the Founder’s aikido techniques from the time of the mid-1930s through the Iwama period following World War II. It is based on technical material contained in the manual entitled "Budo", published in 1938 by Morihei Ueshiba, supplemented by detailed commentary by Morihiro Saito Shihan. The technical material in this volume includes preparatory exercises, basic techniques, knife (tantodori), and sword-taking techniques (tachidori), sword vs. sword forms (ken tai ken), mock-bayonet (juken) techniques, and finishing exercises (shumatsu dosa).

  • Competitive Aikido: Thought, Theory, Technique

    Uno Kenshi / Japan Aikido Association Shikoku Honbu (2001)


    Summary: This book is written in bilingual English/Russian. It is a brief history of the origins of Tomiki-style Aikido, with many descriptions of technique, and additional information specific to competition, such as judging and scoring, and the makeup of a typical competition. Well illustrated.

  • Complete Aikido

    R. Suenaka & C. Watson / First Edition edition, Tuttle Martial Arts (1997)

    Biographical / Technical

    Summary: An account of Roy Suenaka's encounters with O'Sensei and his aikido training with other top martial arts instructors. Also an insight into Roy Suenaka's own style of aikido.

  • Complete Guide to Aikido, The

    Stanley Pranin / Aiki News (1987)

    Aikido / Biographical / Historical

    Summary: This book was produced in limited quantity, and served as the forerunner to later separate and much more comprehensive Encyclopedia and Dojo Directory publications.

  • Comprehensive Self-Defence

    M.G. Harvey / Emerson Books (1967)

    Aikido / Judo / Karate / Technical

    Summary: This is not strictly an Aikido book, but does have an Aikido component, along with Judo and Karate, and much information common to most Japanese arts, and known to aikidoka. It is a presentation of the practical aspects of these arts, and their use in real-world self-defense situations. First published in the UK in 1967, and later released in the US (1975) by Emerson Books.

  • Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu

    Seigo Okamoto / Kaitensha Publications (1999)

    Daito-ryu aikijujutsu / Historical / Technical

    Summary: The book contains the history of Daito-ryu and details the encounters of Sokaku Takeda and the Horikawa family. It takes you through the steps of beginning exercise as Okamoto Sensei describes them. Then it takes you to the aiki techniques (it's hard to perform them). The end section of the book contains text in Japanese with little translation and explains the concept of Ki and weight distribution. Contains techniques that are performed by Okamoto Sensei during his demonstration.

  • Daito-ryu Aikijutsu: Conversations with Daito-Ryu Masters

    Stanley Pranin / Aiki News (1996)

    Biographical / Historical

    Summary: This book contains a history and lineage of Daito-Ryu, and a fascinating collection of interviews conducted by Stanley Pranin. Modestly illustrated.

  • Diary of the Way

    Ira Lerner / Ridge Press (1976)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: From the Publisher: Diary of the Way is a beautiful book from Hawaii that explores the lifestyles of 3 master martial artists. Yukiso Yamamoto was one of the very first Aikidoists in America who was a student of Koichi Tohei. Lily Siou studied and taught Chinese medicine and Chi Kung. Andrew Lum is a Tai Chi teacher. This book is written in a way to draw the reader to the 3 teachers and shows that regardless of the discipline, enlightenment can be found in one's daily life. Loaded with amazing black and white photos taken on location in Hawaii.

  • Discovering Aikido: Principles for Practical Learning

    Rupert M. J. Atkinson / Crowood Press (2005)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book analyses the principles that enable the student to learn Aikido efficiently. By understanding the various principles the Aikidoka will gain the personal strategy and then apply that new knowledge in practice.

  • Doing Aikido

    Alan Drysdale / Spitz Publishing (1996)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: "Doing Aikido" is a 128-page instructional manual for intermediate students of aikido: between beginners and black belts. However, it will also be of benefit for beginners and includes material suitable for black belts. It was written without the smoke and mirrors of most martial arts books, making it easier for the practitioner to understand what he or she is actually supposed to do. There are 37 photographs and drawings illustrating key points of technique. The author is a fifth degree black belt who has been teaching aikido in England and the USA for 20 years.

  • Doshinkan Aikido: An Introduction

    Yukio Utada / Aikido Association of North America (2000)


    Summary: This booklet describes the basic history of Aikido, from Daito-Ryu to modern-day. The author's lineage is through the Yoshinkan style, and his system is therefore a derivative. Discussed are beginning techniques, and included are sample written examinations of a most basic nature.

  • Dueling with O'Sensei

    Ellis Amdur / Edgework (2000)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: From the Publisher: In this volume, Ellis Amdur has radically reworked his iconoclastic essays first published on the website of Aikido Journal. Here, he attempts to establish the existence of something all but lost in Japanese martial arts -- a sophisticated type of training, encompassing mental imagery, breath-work, and a variety of physical techniques that offered the practitioner the potential to develop skills sometimes viewed as nearly superhuman. Commonly referred to as "internal training," and usually believed to be the provenance of Chinese martial arts, Amdur asserts that not only was it once common among many Japanese martial traditions, but elements of such training still remain, passed down in a few martial arts -- literally "hidden in plain sight." As always, Amdur reminds us that this is a human endeavor and he provides vivid, even heartbreaking portrayals of some of the great practitioners of these skills, men who devoted their lives to an obsessive pursuit of power.

  • Dynamic Aikido

    Gozo Shioda / Kodansha International Ltd (1968)

    Historical / Technical

    Summary: A staple in any Aikido book collection, this book is the first of several of Shioda Sensei's books translated into English for mass market distribution. Coverage is provided for Aikido history and evolution, philosophies and basic techniques. Well illustrated.

  • Elements of Aikido, The

    Greg O'Connor / 1st edition, Element Books (1998)


    Summary: This compact paperback could be described as an expanded version of O'Connor's earlier book, The Aikido Student Handbook. It is philosophical and historical, rather than technical, and it treats the topics of the earlier book in more detail and adds chapters on such topics as ethics, centering & ki, and Aikido as a way of life. Includes a glossary of Japanese terms.

  • Enlightenment Through Aikido

    Kanshu Sunadomari / North Atlantic Books (2004)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: Enlightenment through Aikido is a collection of essays drawn from Kanshu Sunadomari's Aiki Manseido Hombu dojo newsletter between 1992 and 2001. Each essay is followed by a short aphorism (headed "Furimiru) and dated. The essays are liberally interspersed with black and white photographs of O-Sensei and Sunadomari Sensei (often together). Many quotes from O-Sensei are also included, both prefacing and in the body of essays.

  • Enter into Aikido

    David Nemeroff / Tate Publishing (2009)


    Summary: (From the Publisher) "Enter Into Aikido" is a great resource for potential students and beginners who want to learn more about the art of Aikido. David Nemeroff covers a wide variety of topics, including what to look for in a school, lineage and legitimacy in the martial arts, dojo etiquette, and what to expect from Aikido training. Additionally, the reader can find information about Aikido's history, philosophical concepts, as well as a description of various styles of Aikido. Personal stories from the author and other Aikido students add insight and interest to the text. 'Enter into Aikido' is an essential guide for any beginner and a valuable reference for aikido-ka of all skill levels.

  • Escape with Your Life

    Michael Stabile / 1st Books Library (2002)


    Summary: This booklet gives several examples of practical street self-defence originating from the techniques of the author's Nihon Goshin Aikido training.

  • Essence of Aikido, The

    Bill Sosa & B. Robbins / 1st edition, Unique Publications, Burbank, California (1987)


    Summary: The authors have produced a short introduction to the exercises and techniques of Aikido, with photos and text. They express appreciation to Isao Takahashi, Roy Suenake, and Rod Kobayashi in the acknowledgements.

  • Essence of Aikido, The

    John Stevens / 1st edition, Kodansha International (1993)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: In the Forward, Kisshomaru Ueshiba says, "Expertly compiled and translated into English by Professor John Stevens, The Essence of Aikido presents the spiritual teachings of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido." Also included, with commentary, are caligraphies by O-Sensei and many photographs of him.

  • Feeling Aikido: Body Awareness Training as a Foundation for Aikido Practice

    Paul Linden / first edition, CCMS Publications (2006)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: FEELING AIKIDO is a practical manual showing how to use body and movement awareness exercises to enhance the effectiveness of Aikido defense techniques and deepen Aikido practice as a meditative and spiritual process. In order to truly blend with the attack, we need to be deeply aware of the attacker, and to do that we need to be anchored in a mindbody state of self-awareness, power and compassion. This is where the practices of self-defense and self-awareness converge. The book details exercises on intentionality, posture, breathing, balance, coordination, power, and compassion. The emphasis is on improving the defender’s mind/body functioning as well his/her ability to perceive and make use of attackers’ imbalances. To see sample chapters, please go to

  • First Steps in Aikido

    Wendy Walker / Paul Crompton (London), Talman Co. (N.Y.) (1997)


    Summary: This book is a basic Aikido primer, with a historical overview, discussions of basic principles, and description of the most basic of technique. Well illustrated.

  • Founder of Aikido

    Kisshomaru Ueshiba / 1983

    Aikido / Biographical / Historical

    Summary: This book is a pictorial essay produced by the Aikikai Foundation to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of O'Sensei. The main book is limited to Japanese text only (back-to-front read), but the book was published with a separate English-language supplement which provides complete translation of the limited narrative text, as well as all photo captions. The book is a photo depiction of O'Sensei's life, and contains an assortment of photos well-known to Aikidoka, as well as many that are not often found in other works. A cardboard slipcover was also provided.

  • Four Diamonds 1024: Basic Transitions and Counters of Aikido

    Nev Sagiba / 1st edition, Leonbooks (2008)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: To be able to perform transitions and counters of Aikido, one must first thoroughly understand the basics and their atemi and buki-based applications, without which Aikido would be a mere dancing method.

  • From Kicks to Christ: The Aikido Way to God

    Joe Wokoro / CreateSpace (2011)

    Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: As martial arts have gained in popularity, they have been associated with their Eastern origins and identified with Eastern philosophies and religions. This book shows that beyond kicks, punches and throws, they can be a path to God and an aid in Christian spiritual growth. Drawing upon his experience in aikido, a Japanese martial art, and training in theology, the author shows how selected principles parallel and are congruent with the Christian message, with each section ending with a prayerful reflection for practical application in our Christian lives.

  • Fudebakudo: The Way of the Exploding Pen

    Beholder / Exploding Pen Ltd. (1993)

    Aikido / Anecdotal

    Summary: This book is an irreverent and extremely humorous collection of cartoons, poking fun at just about every martial art in existence, including Aikido. The description of a fractured 31-jo kata is hilarious.

  • Going for a Walk in the World

    Ralph Pettman / 2003

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: This e-book is available to all at It talks about aikido in terms of three analytic dimensions - the physical, the mental and the spiritual. It discusses each dimension in detail, the relationship between them, and what might lie beyond them.

  • Hanbo: The Aiki Way

    John Goss / 1st edition, Imaginator Press (2003)


    Summary: This is a technical text devoted primarily to defensive use of the hanbo, or half-staff. Covered are the use of the hanbo against empty-hand and knife attacks. A larger and re-edited second edition, much improved from the first, is now available (see purple photo). ISBN for the Second Edition is 0974560324.

  • Harmony with the Movement of the Universe

    Wayne Tourda & Vincent McCullough / Fourth Edition edition, McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions (2009)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: This book presents a collection of writings on Aikido and Yoga to students that are at an introductory level. It allows the students an opportunity to learn about the history, philosophy, and purpose of Aikido and Yoga as components of the science of kinesiology. In passing Assembly Bill 1725 and Title 5 of the California Education Code, the California State Legislature requires that all classes taught in the Community Colleges of the State of California must have a written component. This book satisfies that requirement for Aikido and Yoga within the Department of Kinesiology.

  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Tracing the Roots of Ueshiba Morihei's Power

    Ellis Amdur / (2009)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Biographical / Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: From the Author/Publisher's Website: Ellis Amdur's writing on martial arts has been groundbreaking. In this volume, Amdur has radically reworked his iconoclastic essays first published on the website of Aikido Journal. Here, he attempts to establish the existence of something all but lost in Japanese martial arts -- a sophisticated type of training, encompassing mental imagery, breath-work, and a variety of physical techniques that offered the practitioner the potential to develop skills sometimes viewed as nearly superhuman. Commonly referred to as "internal training," and usually believed to be the provenance of Chinese martial arts, Amdur asserts that not only was it once common among many Japanese martial traditions, but elements of such training still remain, passed down in a few martial arts -- literally "hidden in plain sight." As always, Amdur reminds us that this is a human endeavor and he provides vivid, even heartbreaking portrayals of some of the great practitioners of these skills, men who devoted their lives to an obsessive pursuit of power.

  • Hidden Roots of Aikido (Aiki Jujutsu Daitoryu), The

    Shiro Omiya / Kodansha International (1998)

    Daito-ryu aikijujutsu / Technical

    Summary: This book reviews some basic to advanced pinning and throwing techniques of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. It first briefly describes what are the differences in the three levels of training: Daito Ryu Jujutsu, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu and Daito Ryu Aikijutsu. After if explains techniques classified into three main categories: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced techniques. In the first movements the author elaborates in the techniques' descriptions, while in intermediate and advanced techniques a more brief explanation is given.

  • Holding the Center

    Richard Strozzi Heckler / Frog Ltd. (1997)


    Summary: This collection features the latest writings of Richard Strozzi Heckler, martial artist, psychotherapist, and teacher. Well known for his book, In Search of the Warrior Spirit Heckler is known for being able to "hold the center in times of confusion." In this new book, Heckler brings together his insights on a variety of subjects, including his new interest in building community.

  • How Aikido Can Change the World

    Michael Aloia / Aloia Publishing USA (2009)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: Aikido, as a martial art, embraces both the physical aspects of enhancement as well as the spiritual growth of the individual. Each practitioner discovers and journeys their own unique path - gaining a new perspective of the world around them and of themselves. "How Aikido Can Change the World" is a road map of that journey of discovery. This book discusses Aikido beyond the physical aspects. While Aikido is a physical martial way, its philosophies and peripherals carry over far into a practitioner's world if proper focus and realization are maintained. The author conveys his expedition of the art gained through personal experience, exploration and integration. "How Aikido Can Change the World" is definitely one that will be read multiple times, as each reading will provide further insight as the Aikido practitioner develops and grows.

  • How to Defend Yourself Without Even Trying

    Terry Chitwood / Polestar Publications (1981)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: Although the title might lead one to believe differently, this book is not technical in nature, but is a discussion of verbal, emotional and spiritual self-defense, using the aiki principles of harmony, perception and self-awareness. Minimally illustrated.

  • How to Develop Ki

    Koichi Tohei / Ki No Kenkyukai (1973)


    Summary: This is one of a five-volume set of paper booklets distributed within the Ki Society in the mid '70's. All of the principles described briefly in this booklet are more completely discussed in later mainstream books by Tohei Sensei. These booklets are rare and expensive, and primarily of collector value. This title was printed at least three times in the 1970's, all stated as first editions, but with the first printing containing 12 exercises and numbering only 30 pages, and later editions containing 20 exercises and numbering 44 pages.

  • How to Unify Ki

    Koichi Tohei / Ki No Kenkyukai (1974)


    Summary: This is one of a five-volume set of paper booklets distributed within the Ki Society in the mid '70's. All of the principles described briefly in this booklet are more completely discussed in later mainstream books by Tohei Sensei. These booklets are rare and expensive, and primarily of collector value.

  • In Search of the Warrior Spirit

    Richard Strozzi Heckler / North Atlantic Books (1990)

    Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: Also available in hardback (ISBN#1556430558) and in 3rd Edition softcover (ISBN#1556434251) 2002. In a top-secret U.S. military experiment, Richard Heckler was invited to teach Eastern awareness disciplines ranging from Aikido to meditation to a group of 25 Green Berets. This account chronicles his experiences in the training program and his attempts to revive traditional warriorship in a technological society. His book provides insight into the nature of war, the meaning of masculinity, and the need for moral values in the military. This new edition includes Heckler’s response to 9/11, his connections to the Pentagon and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and his reflections on the movie Black Hawk Down, which depicts the deaths of two of his trainees.

  • In the Dojo

    Dave Lowry / Shambhala/Weatherhill (2006)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: This text is not specifically Aikido, but deals with commonalities of all Japanese martial arts. It is a collection of lively essays, that illuminates the history and significance of the rituals, training costumes, objects and relationships that have such profound significance in Japanese martial arts.

  • Inner Voyage of a Stranger

    Kenjiro Yoshigasaki / Werner Kristkeitz Verlag (2002)


    Summary: This book is a philosophical tome, promoting self-improvement and self-discovery through basic aiki principles and an aiki perspective. Modestly illustrated.

  • Intermediate Aikido

    Wayne Tourda & David Dye / Aikido Federation of California (1982)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is basically a continuation of Tourda Sensei's earlier book "Basic Aikido". It may not be accurate to categorize this book as "intermediate", as the techniques discussed would be considered basic by most, but that is a subjective matter.

  • Introduction to Aikido

    Rod Kobayashi / Seidokan Headquarters (1985)

    Aikido / Historical / Technical

    Summary: This booklet is a brief overview of Aikido principles from the "ki" perspective, along with brief narrative descriptions for several basic techniques. Not illustrated.

  • Introduction to Aikido, An

    Jon Pearson / Macdonald and Co. (1991)

    Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: This is exactly the same text as is found in "Aikido: The Essential Introductory Guide" by the same author.

  • Intuitive Body: Aikido as a Clairsentient Practice, The

    Wendy Palmer / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California (1994)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: Wendy Palmer's model of conscious embodiment builds on simple, deep techniques to bring awareness of our mental and physical reactions to pressure. The book draws on meditation and the principles of Aikido to present a unique method for cultivation awareness, attention and self-acceptance.

  • Invincible Warrior

    John Stevens / Shambhala (1997)


    Summary: Invincible Warrior tells the fascinating story of the life of Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), whose quest for the true meaning of warriorship lead to the creation of the martial art called Aikido, "The Art of Peace." Ueshiba—whose name means "abundant peace"—is considered by many to be one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived. His documented ability to disarm any attacker, throw a dozen men simultaneously, and down and pin opponents without touching them has accorded his life legendary status.

  • Iron Balls and Elbow Power

    Nick Waites / Koteikan Press (2002)


    Summary: This is a book of attitudes and training techniques, more toward the philosophy of Aikido, rather than the physical. The author makes use of ficticious characters in the descriptions of training with ideal (and less-than-ideal) attitudes.

  • It's a Lot Like Dancing: An Aikido Journey

    Terry Dobson / 1st edition, Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California (1993)

    Anecdotal / Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: It's a lot like dancing: An aikido journey is a collection of aikido anecdotes, short themes, and aphorisms--ranging from single lines to pages--told by Terry Dobson, a longtime aikido student at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in the 1960s and founder of the Bond Street dojo in New York, NY.

  • Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation, The

    Robert E. Carter / First edition, SUNY Press (2008)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: This book is a philosophical exploration of several Japanese cultural arts (Aikido, Zen landscape gardening, the Way of Tea, the Way of Flowers, pottery making) and their connection to spiritual and ethical cultivation. A good portion of the book involves personal interviews with masters of these arts. Easy and engaging reading. Profound ideas.

  • Jo: Art of the Japanese Short Staff

    Dave Lowry / second printing 1978 edition, Ohara Publications, Santa Clarita, CA (1987)


    Summary: The author, a practitioner of several Japanese classical martial arts, presents the basics of "aiki jo," which he learned from Yutaka Funaki and Sachiyo Fujii. He describes this circular, flowing style as distinct from the older jo traditions. The chapters include the evolution of jojutsu, equipment and preparation, fundamentals, striking methods, combination techniques, and the 31-count exercise. A glossary of Japaneses terms finishes the book.

  • Jo: The Japanese Short Staff

    D. Zier & T. Lang / First Edition edition, Unique Publications, Burbank, California (1985)


    Summary: From the Introduction: "In this book we present 22 traditional short forms (suburi) and two long forms (kata) for the Japanese short staff (jo).

  • Jodo Gihou

    Yoneno Kotaro, T. Hiroi, Yoneno Koutaro & Hiroi Tsunetsugu / Airyudo


    Summary: Although not an Aikido book per se, this book is devoted to the clear photographic depiction of the basic techniques of the jo, a staple aiki weapon. Bilingual English/Japanese and well illustrated.

  • Jodo: Way of the Stick

    Michael Finn / First Edition edition, Paul H. Crompton Ltd, England; Talman Co., U.S. (1984)


    Summary: The author studied jo in the Shindo Muso Ryu tradition. Also in his jo class was the well-known Donn Draeger. The book includes personal anecdotes, jojutsu history, various kamae, 12 basic techniques, and 12 jodo seitei no kata.

  • Journey to Center

    Thomas Crum / Fireside Books (1997)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: Using anecdotes from his own journeys and from the extraordinary people he's met around the world, Thomas Crum introduces the principle of centering, a skill for unifying body, mind and spirit. Centering enhances performance in sports --- from the quality of your golf game to skiing particularly difficult terrain --- results in greater productivity and power at the office, and allows you to let go of stress and insecurities in order to enjoy harmonious relationships. With specific exercises and detailed information on applying centering to all areas of life, this book provides a step-by-step guide to this unique skill for improving yourself and your life.

  • Judo, Appendix Aikido

    Kenji Tomiki / Japan Travel Bureau (1956)

    Aikido / Judo / Technical

    Summary: Renamed "Judo: With Aikido" in latest editions, this book is authored by Kenji Tomiki, one of the pillars of modern Judo and Aikido, and the founder of the Tomiki System of Aikido, which utilizes competition and scoring similar to competitive Judo. The book is a brief overview of dojo etiquette, and is well illustrated with technical photography. The Aikido "Appendix" comprises approximately forty percent of the overall volume, and is believed to be the earliest English-language Aikido work. Some early First Printings utilized an alternative (drawn vs. photo) dust jacket.

  • Keijutsukai Aikido

    Thomas Makiyama / 1st edition, Arco Publishing Company Inc., New York (1983)


    Summary: This short technical manual is one of the author's several books on Aikido. He "founded the first official branch of the Aikido Yoshinkan outside of Japan." Later he formed his own style and organization, named Keijutsukai.

  • Ki Aikido: A Journey into the Self

    Tony Deckers / Tony Deckers (2005)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: Authored and published in Australia by an instructor with Ki Society background, this book was written to help the beginner achieve insight into Ki Aikido, as well as aspects to keep the more advanced student thinking.

  • Ki Breathing Methods

    Koichi Tohei / Ki No Kenkyukai (1973)


    Summary: This is one of a five-volume set of paper booklets distributed within the Ki Society in the mid-1970's. All of the principles described briefly in this booklet are more completely discussed in later mainstream books by Tohei Sensei. These booklets are rare and expensive, and primarily of collector value.

  • Ki Hygiene

    Koichi Tohei / Ki No Kenkyukai (1976)


    Summary: This is one of a five-volume set of paper booklets distributed within the Ki Society in the mid-70's. All of the principles described briefly in this booklet are more completely discussed in later mainstream books by Tohei Sensei. These booklets are rare and expensive, and primarily of collector value.

  • Ki in Aikido: A Sampler of Ki Exercises

    C.M. Shifflett / Round Earth Publishing (1997)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: The exercises in the book are based on "hitori-waza", the simple building blocks underlying the most spectacular Aikido throws. These are augmented with testing techniques, class demonstrations, and basics of physics, anatomy and psychology.

  • Ki in Daily Life

    Koichi Tohei / 1st edition, Ki No Kenkyukai H.Q., Tokyo, Japan (1978)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: Revised Edition first published (Japan Publications) in 2001.

  • Ki Meditation

    Koichi Tohei / Ki No Kenkyukai (1974)


    Summary: This is one of a five-volume set of paper booklets distributed within the Ki Society in the mid '70's. All of the principles described briefly in this booklet are more completely discussed in later mainstream books by Tohei Sensei. These booklets are rare and expensive, and primarily of collector value.

  • Ki Points

    Minoru Oshima / Kodokai Aikido (1995)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: This book is a fascinating collection of anecdotes from Minoru Oshima Sensei, a ki-style aikido proponent who spent considerable time as uchideshi to Koichi Tohei Sensei. The book offers numerous good-natured hints and lessons from a ki-oriented perspective. Modestly illustrated, primarily with drawings.

  • Ki Sayings

    Koichi Tohei / Ki No Kenkyukai (1995)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Proverbial

    Summary: This is a pocket-sized bilingual (Japanese/English) booklet, with English reading front-to-middle, and Japaneese reading back-to-middle. It is a collection ot thoughts and anecdotes about Ki development. This is not a mainstream publication, but is meant instead for distribution within Ki Society groups.

  • Ki-Aikido on Maui: A Training Manual

    Christopher Curtis / 1st edition, Maui Aikido Ki Society (1995)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: A beginner's manual for students of Ki Society Aikido, with emphasis on the Maui dojo. Contains biographies of O Sensei, Tohei, and Shinichi Suzuki, training schedules, policies, etiquette, several chapters on meditation, breathing and Ki Society philosophy, testing, weapons, and a glossary.

  • Ki: A Practical Guide for Westerners

    William Reed / 1st edition, Japan Publications, Inc., Tokyo, Japan (1986)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: From the New Jersey Ki Society website: "William Reed has tried to define and teach the meaning of KI so that we in the west can learn. The first part of the text helps us undersatnd KI, develop KI and pratcie KI. There are a series of exercises and a section on KI meditation. The second part of the text goes into KI development in the Japanese Arts (Shodo, Aikido, Kiatsu, Go, Noh and teh Tea Ceremony). And the third part, Ki in our ever changing world."

  • Ki: A Road That Anyone Can Walk

    William Reed / 1st edition, japan Publications, Inc., Tokyo, Japan (1992)


    Summary: From the Publisher: Ki - vital energy or life-force - is a concept which is integral to the Oriental martial and healing arts. The modern world is drawn to Ki in search of new perspectives on the universe. This book provides such a perspective, through the story of Koichi Tohei, a contemporary master of Ki.

  • Kiatsu

    Koichi Tohei / Japan Publications (2002)


    Summary: People of today tend to think that only visible body is themselves and forget about mind. Because of this, people cannot use their own ability fully, and easily fall in a minus way of thinking. Mind moves body. This is called Ki principles. To understand Ki principles and practice it in daily life, you will be able to use both mind and body correctly and change your mind to think plus way. Also, you can use your ability fully.

  • Kinesthetic Kabbalah

    Daniel Kohn / BookSurge, LLC (2004)

    Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: This book explores the similarities between the spiritual and philosophical aspects of Aikido, and that of Kabbalah, the mystic component of the Jewish faith. The author is both an Aikido nidan and an ordained rabbi. Sparsely illustrated.

  • Kodo: Ancient Ways

    Kensho Furuya / Ohara Publications (1996)

    Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: (the following text is taken from the author's web site):

  • Koryu Aikido

    Nobuyoshi Higashi / 1st edition, Unique Publications, Burbank, California (1993)


    Summary: Aikido Professor Tomiki classified and developed the most effective use of the 50 techniques from traditional aikido and called it KORYU GOSHIN NO KATA, meaning...self defense form of traditional aikido. Not recommended for the novice, this book is perfect for the experienced student of Aikido! Black and white photos show moves in easy to understand format!

  • Leadership Aikido

    John O'Neil / Harmony Books (1997)


    Summary: A discussion of Aikido principles applied to business, "which can bring beliefs, perceptions, and actions into harmony and lead us down a path of continuous learning, inner personal change, and enlightened leadership." The author defines Aikido leadership as turning conflict into harmony. Other topics are finding your balance, self-knowledge, the art of planning, the language of mastery, value-driven decisions, turning failure into success, and heeding the law of unintended consequences. The author's discussion of Aikido focuses on general principles and exercises designed for business executives.

  • Leading People the Black Belt Way

    Judith Warner & Tim Warneka / Asogomi Publishing International (2007)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: In his important new book Leading People the Black Belt Way: Conquering the Five Core Problems Facing Leaders Today, author Tim Warneka combines cutting-edge research in Emotional Intelligence with principles from the revolutionary non-violent martial art of Aikido in exciting new ways. This practical guide to today's leadership technology helps aspiring leaders attain even higher levels of success in their careers and lives. With a foreword by human potential expert Wendy Palmer, Leading People the Black Belt Way is a state-of-the-art blueprint that gives today's leader the confidence and skills they need to start living the principles of successful leadership.

  • Let Me Tell You About: My Aikido Class

    Rafael Oei / Times Media (2003)


    Summary: This book is part of a multi-volume boxed children's series (the other titles are unrelated to Aikido). It gives a brief, illustrated description of what typically goes on in a children's Aikido class.

  • Letting Go: Talks on Aikido

    Christopher Curtis / MAKS Publishing (2007)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: Most people pursue waking up in the way they go after a new car, or a mate, a college education, or becoming CEO, as if it's the same thing. But this is not the same. Those are temporary goals. There is nothing wrong with getting new cars or becoming CEO, or whatever else pleases you, but don't confuse the two. Achieving those things, we use skills that can be learned, whereas awakening does not result from education, a gathering of knowledge. This is the very highest art form: the art of letting go of 'doing' and dropping into resting in the awareness itself. This 'shift' is the perfect and complete unification of all aspects of life, of truly knowing and experiencing at the same time; suddenly, 'waaa!' It all comes together.

  • Living Aikido

    Bruce Klickstein / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books (1987)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This is a beginner's book, and does not try to cover a large number of techniques. It touches briefly on Aikido history and philosophy, presents a few "Tools for training" (aiki taiso), and five simple applications of basic techniques. The photos are helpful and the text concise and clear. There is a glossary and forewords by Morihiro Saito and George Leonard. Also available in hardback, ISBN 0938190865.

  • Magic of Conflict, The

    Thomas Crum / 1st edition, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, New York (1987)


    Summary: John Denver (yes, the singer), who wrote the foreword, says, "In this book, Tom shares his discoveries in the art of conflict resolution, gained, in part, through many years of studying and teaching the martial arts....Tom's teaching goes beyond the traditional combative forms to show how the power of harmony and love can work in even the most difficult situations." Also in hardback, ISBN 0671638181.

  • Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching

    Carol Wiley / Frog, Ltd. (1995)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: Teaching is an art. Effective martial arts teachers must not only be competent practitioners but must also develop the communication and interpersonal skills of any good teacher. In this collection, twenty-six experienced martial arts teachers discuss the process of learning and teaching a martial art, from the 'nuts and bolts' of teaching technique to the philosophical underpinnings of training.

  • Martial Arts: The Spiritual Dimension

    Peter Payne / Thames and Hudson (1987)

    Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: Although not purely Aikido, this book is included because of the Aikido training of the author (from Kanetsuka and Chiba Senseis), and because the book explores the aspects that many feel sets Aikido apart from other budo... the philosophy and spiritual components. Many references are made to O'Sensei, Kisshomaru Doshu, Saito Sensei and others. Well illustrated.

  • Master of Aikido (Choose Your Own Adventure 166)

    Richard Brightfield / Bantam Books (1995)

    Aikido / Children

    Summary: A fictional story written for children.

  • Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

    George Leonard / Plume (1992)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: From the Publisher: Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author George Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives. Whether you're seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achieve success in all areas of your life.

  • Moving Toward Harmony

    Eric Oberg / Far Eastern Press (2000)


    Summary: This book presents a myriad of the author's anecdotes about Aikido training. Modestly illustrated.

  • Moving Toward Stillness

    Dave Lowry / Tuttle (2000)

    Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: Moving Toward Stillness is a collection based upon Dave Lowry's magazine articles from the past decade, mostly from his highly regarded column in Black Belt magazine. Written from an almost Japanese perspective, it offers an entertaining and informative view of the Martial Arts arts. Topics explored include entering the Martial Arts way, making the pursuit of traditional Asian Martial Arts arts a part of modern Western life, the paradoxes and conflicts such a path inevitably generates, how to adapt to the mindset necessary for true mastery of a foreign art, and much more

  • My Past Way of Budo

    Mikoto Masohilo Nakazono / Kototama Books (1979)

    Aikido / Philosophical

    Summary: This book discusses the connections between Aikido and life philosophies with respect to the sounds of kotodama, or "kototama". The author is a life-long martial arts practitioner, and studied Aikido directly under the Founder. Barely illustrated. There are other books in this series by the same author, but not particularly relevant to aikido.

  • Mysterious Power of Ki, The

    Kouzo Kaku / Global Oriental (2000)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: This book presents the author's interpretation on ki, zen, and their relationships to martial arts. Included are biographical sections about O'Sensei. Sparsely illustrated.

  • New Aikido Complete, The

    Yoshimitsu Yamada / Lyle Stuart (1981)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: As the title would suggest, this book is a re-edited and larger edition of the earlier "Aikido Complete".

  • Nishio Sensei Aikido Notebook - Volume 1 (Taijutsu)

    Stephi Varjan / Tsunami Aikido Publications (2003)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is a compilation of the written notes and drawings made by Varjan Sensei in her many years of study under Nishio Sensei. Included are notes from regular classes and seminar instruction. This volume covers taijutsu techniques. See Volume 2 for similar notes relating to the buki-waza techniques of Nishio Sensei.

  • Nishio Sensei Aikido Notebook - Volume 2 (Weapons)

    Stephi Varjan / Tsunami Aikido Publications (2004)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This volume is a follow-up to Volume 1 (taijutsu). Varjan Sensei's notes for Nishio-style weapons training are covered here.

  • O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba: Presence and Message

    Andre Nocquet / English edition, Robert Cornman (1994)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: This early work by André Nocquet was translated from the 1975 French edition and published (limited edition of 150) by Robert Cornman. It recounts, including pictures, the author's experiences training with O-Sensei. There are chapters on "Master Ueshiba," his words, his calligraphy, and his technique. Three additional chapters cover more philosophy of Aikido and related matters.

  • Official Rules of Aikido (Rules of Sports Series)

    Karen Rose / (2009)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: The title of this booklet is unrelated to the content. This is not a book of Aikido rules. The book contains a brief overview of the origins of Aikido, and an equally brief description of a few basic terms and techniques.

  • On Mastering Aikido

    Daniel Linden / Linden Tree Press (2004)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: On Mastering Aikido takes the reader on a journey through the world of the martial art known as Aikido and the teachings of Daniel Linden Sensei and his master, Mitsugi Saotome. Written for advanced students of the art – those who are already conversant with the fundamental teachings – Linden Sensei crosses the line often between teaching and entertaining with humorous, touching stories of years of training in the world’s most difficult martial way.

  • P.A.C.T. (Police Aikido Controlling Tactics)

    Bill Sosa / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California (1993)


    Summary: This is a basic training manual in the practical aspects of Aikido. The text covers basic exercises and controlling techniques.

  • Philosophy of Aikido, The

    John Stevens / 1st edition, Kodansha America, Inc. (2001)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: "Aikido has been called the most philosophical of martial arts..." says the author, and in this book he details what he considers to be the "Essential Principles" on which Aikido is based, in his first chapter. Other chapters include his discussion of how Aikido is related to Nature and Health, to Eastern and Western philosophies, to Art, and to the Global Society. The second half of the book discusses Aikido Practice, but it is an examination not of technique, but of the ideas and philosophies that govern and inform practice. This latter half contains many pictures. The book has a short, but highly complimentary Forward by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.

  • Positive Aikido

    D. Rogers & H. Ellis / Trafford (2004)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This book cannot be classed as technical, although a whole chapter is dedicated to techniques. The main portion of the book deals with personal interpretation of what Aikido means to the authors. It draws comparison with modern-day Aikido, and the Aikido from the past; all its good and bad points. There is also a strong emphasis on personal history.

  • Power of Aikido, The

    Thomas Makiyama / Lancer Books (1960)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This pocket-sized book is a basic overview of aikido, and describes a few basic techniques, all taken from a Ki-Society perspective. Modestly illustrated, mostly with drawings. This book was re-published in 2011 by Literary Licensing/Lancer Books (ISBN #9781258008277). See alternate cover scan in this listing.

  • Power of Aikido, The

    Claude St. Denise / Lancer Books (1965)


    Summary: This is an early Lancer "pocket" book, describing the basic origins and techniques of Aikido. It is sparsely illustrated, primarily with drawings.

  • Practice of Freedom, The

    Wendy Palmer / 1st edition, Rodmell Press, Berkeley, California (2002)


    Summary: Drawing on the poetic wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, American sensei Wendy Palmer translates the powerful teachings of aikido for use in everyday life—all without practicing the vigorous exercises of this martial art itself. With poignant reflections on her own life, including her Conscious Embodiment work and teaching inmates in a woman's federal prison, she describes how we can lose our sense of freedom, vitality, and integrity when under the duress of life's "attacks." She explores a process that responds to the question How? How do we transform our negativity into budo, or love, and how do we move from reactivity to freedom?

  • Precious Time: My Aikido

    Miyako Fujitani / Aikido Tenshin Dojo (1999)

    Aikido / Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: Although the book is printed in Japanese, it is marketed with a formally prepared and compiled PDF English translation, hence the book is included here. This is basically an autobiographical work, where Fujitani Sensei discusses the founding of the Tenshin Dojo, her family and ill-fated marriage to Steven Seagal, and some inspirational thoughts on her part. Illustrated.

  • Principles and Practice of Aikido, The

    Senta Yamada / 1st edition, Arco Publishing Company, Inc., New York (1966)


    Summary: This is a technical manual, with pictures and explanations. The author, Senta Yamada, was a highly-ranked judoka, reportedly invited after the war to study with Ueshiba Morihei O-Sensei. Most of his study, however, was in Tomiki style, in which he achieved (by 1966) 6th Dan. The second image is from page 119 of the book and includes pictures and brief biographies of Yamada and his co-author, Alex Macintosh.

  • Principles of Aikido, The

    Mitsugi Saotome / 1st edition, Shambhala Publications Inc, Boston (1989)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: "Aikido teaches a simple secret: the development of a better life is dependent on bettering yourself. Aikido offers no miracles except the miracle of your own existence and your human potential. Remember that you are a part of the universe. To ruin your life or waste it is to ruin a piece of the universe. With your birth you hold the key that opens the door to heaven. The most important duty in each person's life is to use that key and to make his or her life a manifestation of the heaven that it lies within our power to create." Mitsugi Saotome

  • Progressive Aikido: The Essential Elements

    Moriteru Ueshiba / First edition, Kodansha International (2006)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: New book: "Progressive Aikido: The Essential Elements" by Moriteru Ueshiba

  • Randori Principles, The

    David Baum / Dearborn Trade Publishing (2002)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: This book presents life lessons paralleling and taken from various aspects of Aikido training. Not illustrated.

  • Remembering O'Sensei

    Susan Perry / First Edition edition, Shambhala Publications Inc, Boston (2002)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: The author spent a good many years collecting comments on O-Sensei by people who knew him. Here they are presented in chapters organized by category: First Meetings, Training, Daily Living, Art of Peace. There is a Foreward by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, a glossary of Japanese terms, and short bio's of the contributors.

  • Samurai Aikijutsu

    Toshishiro Obata / 2nd edition, David Chambers (for Dragon Books) (1988)

    Aikido / Biographical / Technical

    Summary: The author was an uchideshi to Gozo Shioda, and worries in his preface that modern Aikido is losing its martial effectiveness. The bulk of the book is his presentation of aiki basics with photos and some text.

  • Secret of Daito-Ryu Aiki, The

    Sogawa Kazuoki / 2001

    Daito-ryu aikijujutsu / Technical

    Summary: This is a technical manual of Daito-Ryu waza. The cover touts the book as an "English translation," but only the photo captions are bilingual English/Japanese. All other text is Japanese only, so the reader must be Japanese-literate to realize full benefit from this book. Well illustrated.

  • Secrets of Aikido, The

    John Stevens / Shambhala (1995)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: A John Stevens classic, in this book Stevens Sensei explores the hidden teachings and and deeper dimensions of Aikido, especially its spirited wisdom as taught by the Founder. Well illustrated.

  • Secrets of Police Aikido, The

    Bill Sosa / Citadel Press/Kensington Publishing Co. (1997)


    Summary: This book gives a brief overview of Aikido, and illustrates basic principles, warmups and ki exercises. Also included are some practical police restraint techniques, and testimonials from police officers. Moderately illustrated with photos and drawings.

  • Shambhala Guide to Aikido, The

    John Stevens / 1st edition, Shambhala Publications Inc, Boston (1996)

    Biographical / Technical

    Summary: Quotes from author Stevens' own Preface provide a good summary of the book: "It begins with a short [26 page] biography of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba...." And, "Chapter 2 describes the traditional training methods and techniques of the art of Aikido. Chapter 3 is a presentation of the profound philosophy and ideals of Aikido..." And finally, "The book concludes with several shorter chapters of reference: Styles and Schools of Aikido, Resources, and a Glossary."

  • Shinki. Aikido with Nobuyuki Watanabe

    Kenbukai e.V. / edition greenstuff (2010)

    Aikido / Proverbial / Spiritual

    Summary: Preface

  • Spirit of Aikido, The

    Kisshomaru Ueshiba / Kodansha International (1984)

    Aikido / Biographical / Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: A book written by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, son of Morihei Ueshiba. The author covers subjects ranging from "The Ki of the Universe and Individual Ki" to "Inheriting the Founder's Aspirations" and many more. Contains many photos of O-Sensei and of Kisshomaru. Softcover pocket-size edition (ISBN 0870118501) first published in 1987.

  • Spiritual Foundations of Aikido, The

    William Gleason / 1st edition, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont (1995)

    Historical / Philosophical

    Summary: This book deals in detail with the so-called esoteric aspects of Aikido-- those things that we hear about, but seldom understand. For example, one chapter deals with Shinto, its history, mythology, current state today, and its connection with Aikido. Other chapters cover topics like "Kototama," "One Spirit, Four Souls," "Three Origins, Eight Powers," and order in the universe. These topics, and others, are part of the spiritual side of Aikido; they are most often found in the sayings of Ueshiba O-Sensei, and it is rare that someone attempts to make these ideas clear. Here is a book length attempt to do so. Although there are many technical photos of waza, with explanations, this is not a technical manual; the author is illustrating points made in the text by showing examples applied to practice. At the end of the book is a quite extensive glossary.

  • Spiritual Journey of Aikido

    Huw Dillon / Paul Crompton Ltd. (1997)

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: In this book, the author describes his approach to the study of Aikido. He concentrates on the spiritual aspect, explaining how he blends this with a soft but effective use of Aikido methods to produce an alternative view and attitude of life. Well illustrated.

  • Stepping Off The Mat

    Rick Berry / 2 edition, Infinity (2004)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: While this book is directed to the serious martial artist, it is also of interest to the countless numbers of people who always wanted to do a martial art but for some reason or another did not. It is this audience that can benefit by using the martial arts principles contained in each chapter for practical reasons in everyday life. Through practical martial arts philosophy the reader will gain confidence and a positive outlook on life that a sincere martial artist possesses.

  • Structure of Aikido, The

    Gaku Homma / First Edition edition, Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California (1997)


    Summary: This book explores the relationship between sword movements (kenjutsu) and Aikido movements (taijutsu).

  • T'ai Chi & Aikido

    Peter Brady & Andrew Popovic / Lorenz Books (2007)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This large coffee table book is basically a 2-in-1 compilation of two of this publisher's previous releases, one dealing with T'ai Chi, and the other, Peter Brady's "Aikido". The Aikido section is a verbatim republication of that book. Find the listing for it in this bibliography for additional information and reviews.

  • Takemusu Aikido - Volume 1, Background & Basics

    Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Aiki News, Tokyo, Japan (1994)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is Volume 1 of Morihiro Saito’s final series of Aikido technical manuals. It presents variations of ikkyo, nikyo, sankyo, and yonkyo techniques, the most essential of aikido's basic forms. It contains detailed step-by-step explanations with many close-up photos. The First Edition of this volume is the most difficult of the "Takemusu" set to get, as it was never reprinted. This is because, unlike the other four volumes, it was entirely formatted in English, and would have needed to be re-edited into the same bilingual format as the others before it is reprinted. UPDATE (March '07) Newly edited, expanded and bilingually formatted edition released. See revised cover photo in this listing.

  • Takemusu Aikido - Volume 1, Background & Basics

    Morihiro Saito / Second edition, Aiki News (2007)

    Aikido / Historical / Technical

    Summary: This book is the second edition of Volume 1 of Morihiro Saito’s final series of Aikido technical manuals. Produced in bilingual format (Japanese-English), it presents more than sixty variations of ikkyo, nikyo, sankyo, and yonkyo techniques, the most essential of aikido's basic forms. It is illustrated with over 600 photographs and accompanied by detailed step-by-step explanations with many close-up photos

  • Takemusu Aikido - Volume 2, More Basics

    Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Aiki News, Tokyo, Japan (1996)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Second volume in a set of five. Presents 76 techniques from shihonage, kotegaeshi and iriminage. Provides clear, step-by-step explanations of each technique. UPDATE: Revised Second Edition (expanded to 202 pages) published in 2007. See revised cover photo in this listing.

  • Takemusu Aikido - Volume 3, Basics Concluded

    Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Aiki News (1996)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: The third installment in a set of five, this volume completes the depiction of basic techniques, including tenchinage, kaitenage, koshinage, jujinage, morotedori kokyoho, and suwariwaza kokyuho. Includes step-by-step explanations and commentary. UPDATE: The new Second Edition was released in 2007 (expanded to 173 pages). Look for the revised cover photo in this listing.

  • Takemusu Aikido - Volume 4, Kokyunage

    Morihiro Saito / Aiki News (1997)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Fourth volume in a series of five, this book presents kokyunage techniques from shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, katatedori, ryotedori, morotedori, sodeguchidori, sodedori, munadori, katadori, tsuki, kosadori, ryoerijime, and numerous ushiro attacks. UPDATE: An interim printing of the First Edition of this book, with new cover art, was released in 2007. A completely revised and expanded Second Edition is expected, but as of early 2011 had not been published. See updated cover photo in this listing.

  • Takemusu Aikido - Volume 5, Bukidori & Ninindori

    Morihiro Saito / Aiki News (2001)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is the fifth volume in a set of five. It covers many techniques against weapons and two-person attacks, including tachidori, jodori, jonage, tankendori and ninindori, including step-by-step explanations and commentary. UPDATE: An "interim" publication of this volume, with new cover over First Edition material, was distributed in 2007. A revised and expanded Second Edition is expected, but had not been produced as of early 2011. See new cover photo in this listing.

  • Tales of Jord's Storage Unit Aikido

    Rudy Higgens-Evenson / First Edition edition, Arete Press, Claremont, California (2000)

    Aikido / Anecdotal

    Summary: Originally serialized in Aikido Today Magazine, this saga recounts the experiences of an imaginary group of intrepid Aikidoka who have only a storage shed to practice in. Wall-to-wall in-jokes, if you have much Aikido experience, you'll find Jord's tales side-splittingly funny.

  • The 3-Day Self-Defence Manual

    Bronilyn Smith / Lilyfield Publishers (1987)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Although not an Aikido book per se, the author is an Aikido instructor, and the book puts a practical spin on the use of Aikido techniques, as well as other arts, in a practical self-defense scenario.

  • The Aikido Guide to Success

    Joe Wokoro / CreateSpace (2010)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: Aikido is not only a martial art but incorporates philosophical and spiritual insights that can be applied in everyday life. This book use selected aikido concepts as a reflection on modern living, showing how these concepts can be effectively applied for meaningful, successful living.

  • The Conscious Manager: Zen for Decision Makers

    Fred Phillips / 1st edition, General Informatics (2003)


    Summary: Written by an aikido 5th dan (, this book shows how to apply principles of Zen martial art - especially aikido - to make better decisions in business and daily life.

  • The Gift of Danger: Lessons from Aikido

    Mary Stein / Blue Snake Books (2009)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Philosophical

    Summary: From the Publisher: Mary Stein took up aikido in her mid-fifties and quickly learned what it really means to face danger—both external and internal. In this powerful collection of short essays, she vividly describes learning an active and spirited defense on the mat, in the process uncovering a lifetime of habitual tensions and emotional reactions, of flight and ineffective fight. Stein’s thoughtful musings make clear how the practice of aikido can show what is really needed, right now. The Gift of Danger is aimed at men and women for whom the question of what is genuine in their lives has taken on fresh urgency.

  • The Heart of Aikido

    John Stevens & Morihei Ueshiba / Kodansha (2010)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: From the Publisher: "The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemusu Aiki" takes the reader on a spiritual journey straight to the essence of Aikido, in the words of the great Founder himself. Ueshiba, affectionately known as O'Sensei, or "Great Master," devoted himself to the promotion of peace and expression of universal human values, and spent a substantial part of his life imparting and teaching these values. Taken largely from transcripts of lectures he gave, The Heart of Aikido draws on the essence of the Founder's philosophy and spirituality based on the Shinto religion, and his beliefs on the divinity of the true self and the universe. His teachings also emphasize the importance of harmony in Aikido, and how ultimately humans can foster a peaceful society by dispelling aggression through such harmony.

  • The Journey of Aikido; Reflections on the Path

    Lawrence Novick / Wintertime Press (2009)

    Aikido / Anecdotal / Philosophical / Proverbial / Spiritual

    Summary: Drawn from the past 26 years of training and teaching, this book is a collection of the author's thoughts about the deeper elements of Aikido and how it relates to life, not only martial arts. Inevitably, it is also reflective of his own personal and spiritual journey.

  • The Secret Teachings of Aikido

    Kisshomaru Ueshiba & Morihei Ueshiba / Kodansha (2007)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Proverbial / Spiritual

    Summary: (Scheduled for retail release in 1st quarter 2008) Translation by John Stevens. "The Secret Teachings of Aikido" is a collection of the spiritual teachings of the Founder. In this book, Morihei Ueshiba explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of that spirit. The author reflects on the rich and varied landscape of Aikido philosophy, discussing how Aiki is the marvelous functioning of breath, and how, through diligent use of Aikido's breathing techniques, the practitioner can achieve true harmony.

  • The Secret Weapon of Aikido - Tegatana - The Tomiki Way

    Eddy Wolput / (2010)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Quoted from the Foreword:

  • The Secrets of Aikido

    Terry Pierce / Volume One edition, New Jersey Ki Society (1992)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This is a Ki Society training manual produced by Terry Pierce Sensei. There are two volumes, but only Volume 1 was made available in printed and bound format. Both Volumes 1 & 2 are available online as e-books.

  • The Techniques of Aikido V1: Fundamentals

    Thomas Makiyama / Literary Licensing/Old Island Books (2011)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is basically a reprint of the 1960 book "The Techniques of Aikido: The Science of Physical self-Defense" and the 1963 book "Aikido: The Science of Self-Defense".

  • The Techniques of Aikido: A Science of Physical Self-Defense

    Thomas Makiyama / Old Island Books (1960)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is actually a rarely seen earlier edition of the author's similarly titled "Aikido; The Science of Self-Defence". Published in 1960, this early edition is one of the earliest Aikido books to be published in English. Included are technical descriptions of basic techniques, assembled in a self-defense format. This book was reprinted with little, if any, changes in 2011 under the title of "The Techniques of Aikido V1: Fundamentals", ISBN #9781258010195 (see alternate cover photo).

  • The Truth of the Ancient Ways: A Critical Biography of the Swordsman Yamaoka Tesshu

    Unknown / Author: Anatoliy Anshin edition, Kodenkan Institute (2012)

    Biographical / Historical / Koryu

    Summary: From the Back Cover

  • The Way of Aiki: A Path of Unity, Confluence and Harmony

    Jose Carlos Escobar / 1 edition, Trafford Publishing (2009)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: Aikido goes beyond martial arts: it does not only resolve conflict in a constructive way but it also develops our intuition. It gives us an insight that changes old paradigms and transforms our current vision of the world, our mind and spirit, through the practice of harmonious universal movements developed by its Founder, Kaiso Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. It is through its physical training system that Aikido helps us to get the technology we need to improve our lives by using unity, confluence and harmony (Aiki). The way of Aiki is a path intended to prepare us to avoid destructive actions in order to find the value and possibilities it offers in order to develop an Aiki culture. This book presents basic information derived from the great master’s teachings that might have been forgotten or neglected throughout the years of its expansion.

  • This is Aikido

    Koichi Tohei / Japan Publications, Inc. (1968)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book was first published in August 1968 as “This is Aikido” and reissued in 1974 as “This is Aikido With Mind and Body Coordinated” for use as a technical instruction manual for the Ki no Kenkyukai (Ki Society). Note that First Printings are quite scarce, and appear with Tohei's ranking as "9th Dan". Some subsequent printings with rank upgraded to "10th Dan" still claim to be "First Printing", but this is erroneous. There exist for this book other errata with regard to printing hierarchy. The book is a large (12 by 8 ½ inches) hardcover illustrated with about 1,000 photos and drawings.

  • Thorsons Principles of Aikido

    Paul Wildish / Thorsons (1998)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Aikido, the ancient Japanese martial art, is both a method of self-defense and a spiritual path. This excellent introduction describes the different aspects of Aikido and includes an international resource guide.

  • Three Budo Masters

    John Stevens / First Edition edition, Kodansha International (1995)


    Summary: It could be argued that the most popular martial arts/sports are Judo, Aikido, and Karate. Accordingly, author John Stevens has provided biographies of three seminal figures, one from each of these disciplines.

  • Three Deep Breaths

    Thomas Crum / Bennett-Koehler (2006)

    Anecdotal / Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: Three Deep Breaths uses the popular parable format to illustrate an effective antidote to anger, stress, and overwhelming busyness. Through the story of a harried worker struggling to balance work, life, and family pressures, readers learn three different ways to use breathing to live in the present, think positive thoughts, and release negativity and judgment. By actively practicing the prescribed breathing exercises, readers maintain clarity and purpose even when confronted with the most chaotic and stressful environments. Straightforward and easy to learn, these simple centering techniques can be done in as little time as it takes to walk to the next meeting.

  • Tomiki Aikido

    Neil Saunders / Trafford Publishing (2007)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is a follow-up to "Aikido - The Tomiki Way", and acts as a useful reference guide to a beginner and an advanced practitioner of Aikido. This book contains over 400 photographs demonstrating the katas of the Goshin-Ho, Tanto Randori-No-Kata, and the Basic 15 (the precursor to the Randori-No-Kata). Furthermore, it also demonstrates a number of important points that are common for a number of basic techniques within the Tomiki system and in Aikido in general.

  • Tomiki Aikido: Book 1 - Randori

    Lee Ah Loi / Lee Ah Loi (1978)


    Summary: This early Tomiki-style text displays basic falls and exercises, from the standpoint of freestyle training. Well illustrated.

  • Tomiki Aikido: Book 2 - Koryu no Kata

    Lee Ah Loi / Paul Crompton Ltd. (1979)


    Summary: A follow-up to Book 1, this volume displays basic paired techniques (Tomiki style). Well illustrated.

  • Tomiki Aikido: Past and Future

    Lee Ah Loi / Lee Ah Loi/Kelmscott Press Ltd. (1988)

    Aikido / Historical

    Summary: Unlike the author's other books, this volume is not technical in nature. Instead it discusses and details the origins of Tomiki-style Aikido, and memorializes the author's primary teacher, Hideo Ohba Sensei. Illustrated.

  • Tomiki Aikido: Randori & Koryu No Kata

    Lee Ah Loi / Paul Crompton Ltd. (2001)

    Aikido / Jujutsu / Koryu / Technical

    Summary: This book is basically a re-edited and reprinted compilation of the earlier Book 1 and Book 2, along with excerpts from "Past and Future". Tomiki style. Well illustrated.

  • Tools for Harmony: An Approach to Aikido Practice

    Paul Linden / 1999

    Aikido / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This e-booklet covers some basic breathing and movement exercises.

  • Total Aikido: The Master Course

    Gozo Shioda / Kodansha International Ltd (1996)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: In this sequel to DYNAMIC AIKIDO, the preeminent master continues his explanation of the essential principles but in finer detail. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, TOTAL AIKIDO covers the basic postures and movements with special emphasis on certain key points for perfecting one's technique to achieve maximum effect with the minimum of effort. Demonstrations are provided in a dōjō setting, with helpful pointers for avoiding common mistakes. To enable students to develop greater strength and control, they are shown how to increase their speed, shift their center of gravity, and synchronize movements with those of their opponents.

  • Toward the Unknown

    Tri Thong Dang / Tuttle (1997)

    Philosophical / Proverbial

    Summary: From the Publisher: This book is a series of parables about the martial arts quest, and a meditation on the art of discipleship. A careful reading of the text will lead teachers and practitioners of all martial arts to examine their motives, to go beyond superficial prizes and awards, to rise above a focus on fighting technique, and ultimately to transcend the known. As the exciting and spiritually uplifting sequel to "Beyond the Known", this book, through philosophy and fiction, leads the reader toward the unknown.

  • Traditional Aikido - Volume 1 - Basic Techniques

    Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Minato Research & Publishing Company (1973)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This is the first volume in a series of five. Four years after the founder passed away, Saito Morihiro Shihan laid the foundation of his systematic approach to the art. The book contains the basic moves for training with sword, empty hands and staff, presenting Aikido as a combined system (Riai). Hundreds of technical photos illustrate the brief text, complemented by a number of historical photos of the founder and then Doshu Kisshomaru as well as shots of training scenes in Iwama. The softcover edition (ISBN 0870409441) first published in 1995. In 2008, a publisher in Europe (Ondefo-Verlag) began reprinting this series. As of 2010, only Volumes 1-3 have been reproduced.

  • Traditional Aikido - Volume 2 - Advanced Techniques

    Morihiro Saito / sixth printing, 1978 edition, Minato Research & Publishing Co., Tokyo (1973)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: In this second volume of his technical series of 5, Saito Morihiro Shihan completes his presentation of the founder's weapons system. Kumi-tachi, variations and tachi-dori are explained in detail as well as kumi-jo (the first 7), jo-dori, jo-nage and the beginnings of what later became the ken-tai-jo system. Again there is little text, hundreds of technical photos and a few shots of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba. The softcover edition (ISBN 087040945X) was first published in 1995. In 2008, a publisher in Europe (Ondefo-Verlag) began reprinting this series. As of 2010, only Volumes 1-3 have been reproduced.

  • Traditional Aikido - Volume 3 - Applied Techniques

    Morihiro Saito / fourth printing, 1978 edition, Minato Research & Publishing Company (1974)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Book 3 of 5, subtitled "Body Exercises and their unlimited ramifications" by Saito Morihiro Shihan, gives an overview of the basic curriculum of empty-handed Aikido. With little text and many pictures Aikido's essentials are explained. The softcover edition (ISBN 0870409468) first published in 1995. In 2008, a publisher in Europe (Ondefo-Verlag) began reprinting this series. As of 2010, only Volumes 1-3 have been reproduced.

  • Traditional Aikido - Volume 4 - Vital Techniques

    Morihiro Saito / third printing 1977 edition, Minato Research & Publishing Company (1974)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Volume 4 of 5 contains variations of the basic techniques, using different attacks and focusing on the application of atemi. It contains a large section on kaeshi-waza (counter techniques). Eight early photos of the Founder Morihei Ueshiba add to the fascination of this technical volume. The softcover edition (same ISBN) first published in 1992. In 2008, a publisher in Europe (Ondefo-Verlag) began reprinting this series. As of 2010, only Volumes 1-3 have been reproduced.

  • Traditional Aikido - Volume 5 - Training Works Wonders

    Morihiro Saito / second printing 1978 edition, Minato Research&Publishing Co. (1976)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This last volume in Saito Morihiro Shihan's 5-book series contains much more text and explanations than the other four. Besides giving some general information on Aikido and life with the founder in Iwama, the author focuses on training methods before going into variations and applications of techniques. He ends up with a section on group attacks, reminding us that Aikido always counts on more than one attacker. The softcover edition (ISBN 0870409484) first printed in 1995. In 2008, a publisher in Europe (Ondefo-Verlag) began reprinting this series. As of 2010, only Volumes 1-3 have been reproduced.

  • Training with the Master

    John Stevens & W. Krenner / 1st edition, Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston (1999)

    Biographical / Philosophical

    Summary: This book is filled with pictures of O Sensei and bears short but germane commentary. Stevens, who wrote the Preface, describes the book well: "The photographs in part one, 'On the Mat with the Master,' show Morihei giving instruction.... Part two, 'The Master Teaches the Way,' depicts Morihei in everyday life....Part three, 'The Art of Peace,' contains the essence of Morhei's philosophy, distilled from his collected talks and oral tradition." Softcover edition is available (ISBN 1570625689).

  • Twelve Winds

    Karl Geis / 1st edition, Fugakukai, Texas (1982)


    Summary: The author, Karl Geis, trained in Tomiki style and was promoted to 6th Dan by Kenji Tomiki Sensei. He also holds high rank in Judo and Jyodo. He says in his introduction, "Hopefully, one of you wll use this book as a springboard in your quest for knowledge and through you the strength of Aikido will be always available to help lead us confidently into the future." In twelve short chapters – named after various "winds ("graceful," "flowing," "pure," etc.) – Geis Sensei details his views on Aikido philosophy. He credits his training and understanding to Senseis Tomiki, Miyake, Kogure, Inoue, and Oba. A second "First Edition" was published by Paul Crompton in 1987.

  • Ultimate Aikido

    Yoshimitsu Yamada / Citadel (1994)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: This book is a further re-edit of the earlier "Complete Aikido" and "The New Aikido Complete". It has been reprinted at least once following the first 1994 edition.

  • Ultimate Guide to Aikido (Inside KungFu Series)

    J. Little & C. Wong / 2003


    Summary: This book does not exist. The project was cancelled prior to publication. The publisher (Contemporary Books/McGraw-Hill) confirms that no pre-release copies were ever printed. Reference is made here to clarify and avoid confusion, as numerous booksellers continue to show this book in their listings (including cover art), and will even accept orders (and subsequently cancel them).

  • Understanding Shodokan Aikido

    Sean Masaki Flynn / Shodokan Publishing (2000)


    Summary: This book is a brief overview of Shodokan (Tomiki) Aikido. Basic history and 7th/8th kyu rank requirements are discussed and illustrated.

  • Unification of Mind and Body and Ki Aikido

    Giuseppe Ruglioni / Erga Edizioni (1997)

    Aikido / Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: Originally published in Italian, this English translation is a basic primer for Ki Society (Shin Shin Toitsu) as taught by Koichi Tohei Sensei. The book covers philosophy, ki, exercises, and some basic technique. Well illustrated.

  • Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict

    Judy Ringer / OnePoint Press (2006)

    Aikido / Anecdotal

    Summary: Judy Ringer's newly published book on aikido and conflict is a practical tool to help you generate more power, presence, and flow in your relationships and your life.

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Aiki-jujutsu

    H.E. Davey / Master's Press (NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group) (1997)

    Historical / Technical

    Summary: This book offers an overview of the evolution of Japanese budo, and the origins of Aiki-Jujutsu. There are a very few techniques described. There is a sizable glossary of terms included.

  • Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei, The

    George Leonard / Dutton, then Plume (1999)

    Philosophical / Spiritual

    Summary: 1st Penguin/Plume SC printing 2000. Previously printed HB 1999 by Dutton (ISBN#0525944133). In this book George Leonard applies ancient techniques, physical and spiritual, to the battles we wage every day in both our public and private lives. Along the way, Leonard shows us unique and effective ways to:

  • Way to Union with Ki, The

    Koichi Tohei / 2001

    Philosophical / Technical

    Summary: This is an extremely limited edition of a book originally released in a Japanese-language edition. It is intended to be Tohei Sensei's "legacy" work, and includes a compilation of most of his earlier writings on the subject of ki. Also included are many relatively recent color photographs of Tohei Sensei not published elsewhere.

  • What is Aikido?

    Koichi Tohei / 1st edition, Rikugei Publishing House, Tokyo (1962)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: "What Is Aikido" is essentially a shortened form of Tohei Sensei's earlier book "Aikido: The Arts of Self Defense." Most of the chapters are on the "Arts" (waza) of Aikido. Other chapters include: What is Aikido?, Principles of Ki, The One Point, Professor Morihei Ueshiba, and About the Author. The publisher has bound the book in an attractive woven fiber binding. A softcover edition (see yellow cover art) was produced. Although some accounts state that the first softcover edition was marketed beginning in 1967, publishers' data for many copies do not support this, showing an earlier publication date of 1962.

  • Women in Aikido

    Sharon Seymour / None (2000)


    Summary: This book does not exist. Sharon Seymour Sensei confirms that it was in fact never written. This listing has been shown to help prevent confusion, as numerous references survive (including this one) on the internet, and readers would be otherwise led to believe that it does exist in limited production, which is erroneous. A book with this same title, authored by Andrea Siegel, appears in a separate bibliography listing.

  • Women in Aikido

    Andrea Siegel / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California (1993)


    Summary: The author, Andrea Siegel, interviews twelve women who have achieved black belt rank in Aikido. "Why women aikido black belts?" she asks. "I wanted to speak with people who have had reason to give a more than cursory examination of the power they wielded, and its purpose." The women interviewed are quite diverse in their experiences and views. Most still train; one gave up Aikido and made her gi into a bag. The book includes an introduction by the author, a chapter explaining the background of Aikido, for those not already familiar, the interviews, a short glossary, and two appendices: Aikido dojos (as of 1972) and martial arts dojos specifically with women's programs.

  • Women in the Martial Arts

    Carol Wiley / North Atlantic Books (1992)

    Aikido / Biographical

    Summary: This book is a compilation of biographical interviews with notable female instructors of various martial arts, including aikido. The author herself is an aikidoka. Modestly illustrated.

  • Yoseikan Aikido

    T.E. Bearden / 2nd edition, Cheniere Press (2006)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Most information here is for the formally published Second (2006) Edition. The First (1973) Edition was a typewritten monograph prepared to coincide with Dan testing of the Author. Photos of both the manuscript and the Second Edition cover appear in this listing.

  • Yoshinkan Aikido - Volume 1 - Introduction to Basics

    Kyoichi Inoue / 1st edition, Aiki News (1999)


    Summary: The Yoshinkan Aikido Hombu Dojo in collaboration with Aiki News has published Volume 1 of its official training manual in bilingual format.

  • Yoshinkan Aikido - Volume 2 - Introduction to Basics

    Kyoichi Inoue / Aiki News (2003)


    Summary: Like volume #1 of the series, this book is a pictorial sampling of basic techniques. Well illustrated. Bilingual English/Japanese.

  • Yoshinkan Aikido: An Introduction to Basic Technique

    Gozo Shioda / 1st edition, Aiki News, Tokyo, Japan (1990)

    Aikido / Technical

    Summary: Originally published in Japanese as Aikido Gijutsu Kyohon in 1983, this book briefly presents basics, with text and photos of Gozo Shioda demonstrating. Shioda says in his Introduction, "This book is designed to promote correct understanding of Aikido techniques, and we have selected some basic movements and tehcniques practiced by all beginners at the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo and explained them in detail."

  • Zen and Aikido

    Kenji Shimizu & S. Kamata / 1st edition, Aiki News (1992)


    Summary: This book is an English translation by the Aiki News Translation Staff of a 1984 book published in Japanese by the same authors. The introduction, by Kamata, explains that the book is in three parts. The first part is a transcription of a conversation between the authors, Kamata and Shimizu, discussing what Aikido is. The second part, "I [Kamata] provide an explanation of Aikido philosophy from the Zen point of view..." Part three, Aikido Techniques, consists of photos and explanations of Aikido waza by Shimizu. At the end of the Introduction, Kamata says "I hope this book will be read by people who are interested in Zen and Aikido, and by those who wish to develop a will-power which does not weaken with age."

  • Zen Stories of the Samurai

    Neal Dunnigan / First edition, Lulu Enterprises, Inc. (2005)

    Anecdotal / Historical / Philosophical / Proverbial / Spiritual

    Summary: Intriguing encounters between Zen practitioners and samurai warriors are recaptured in this breviloquent collection of short stories drawn from the literature of feudal Japan. These encounters deal with the nature of immediacy and its role in understanding the essence of human existence. For the martial artist faced with a conflict, the Zen state of mind, without distractions and illusions, can determine the difference between life and death. The warrior experience, as revealed in these traditional stories, is retold in a style that is relevant and graspable to the contemporary American martial artist. No particular religious background is required to appreciate these stories, but rather a curiosity about what allows people to achieve extraordinary performance when faced with life and death circumstances. Zen ink paintings by John Hrabushi offer a meditative and intellectual “cross training” throughout the collection. Foreword by noted Aikido Shihan Lorraine DiAnne.