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."
John Stevens / 1st edition, Shambhala Publications Inc, Boston (1984)
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.
John Stevens & Morihei Ueshiba / Shambhala (1992)
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.
John Stevens & Morihei Ueshiba / 2004
Summary: This is a special leather-bound hand printed one-off edition produced in Europe.
John Stevens / 1st edition, Shambhala (2001)
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.
John Stevens / 1st edition, Kodansha International (1993)
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.
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.
John Stevens / 1st edition, Kodansha America, Inc. (2001)
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.
John Stevens / Shambhala (1995)
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.
John Stevens / 1st edition, Shambhala Publications Inc, Boston (1996)
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."
John Stevens & Morihei Ueshiba / Kodansha (2010)
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.
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.
John Stevens & W. Krenner / 1st edition, Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston (1999)
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).