Phong Thong Dang & L. Seiser / Tuttle Publishing (2006)
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.
William Dockery / Aspiring Press (2011)
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.
S. Harrington & L. Hennon / 1st edition, aikitools.com (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.
Stefan Stenudd / BookSurge (2007)
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.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba / Hozansha Publishing (1963)
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.
Peter Brady / Lorenz Books (2006)
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.
A. Westbrook & O. Ratti / Charles E. Tuttle Company (1970)
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.
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.
T. Sugawara & L. Xing / Sugiwara Martial Arts Institute/Japan Publications (1996)
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.
T. Sugawara, L. Xing & M. Jones / Sugiwara Martial Arts Institute (1998)
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.
Bruce Tegner / Thor Publishing Co. (1969)
Summary: Practical applications for Aikido pins and joint restraints. Well illustrated.
Scott Allbright / Crowood Press (2002)
Summary: This book promotes the need for randori in aikido training. It is written from a Tomiki-style perspective.
William Gleason / Destiny Books (2009)
Summary: This is a pre-release listing for this upcoming title (due February, 2009).
Fumio et al. Toyoda & Morihei Ueshiba / A.A.A.
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.
Phong Thong Dang & L. Seiser / 1st edition, Tuttle Publishing (2003)
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."
Yoshimitsu Yamada / second printing 1978 edition, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group (1969)
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.
C.M. Shifflett / Round Earth Publishing (1999)
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.
L. Santoro & J. Corso / second printing 1978 edition, Sterling Publishing, New York (1998)
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.
Koichi Tohei / 1966
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.
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.
Bruce Tegner / Thor Publishing (1961)
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.
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.
Michael Russ / Meyer & Meyer Sport (2006)
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.
Phong Thong Dang & L. Seiser / Tuttle Publishing (2006)
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.
Koichi Tohei & K. Maruyama / 1st edition, Kodansha International (1984)
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.
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.
John Thomas Read / Mill City Press (2010)
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.
Mark Stokmans / 1st edition, lulu.com (2008)
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 lulu.com. An identical issue, but completely in black/white photography, is also available.
John Litchen / First edition, Trafford Publishing (2005)
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.
Michael Williams / 3rd edition, Ki Society Australia (2000)
Summary: A well-organized basic student manual with background and basic techniques, also a syllabus for kyu ranks. Well-illustrated with drawings.
Dunken Francis / 3rd edition, Wooden Dragon Press (2003)
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.
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.
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.
Massimo diVilladorata / Habitex Books (1974)
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.
Bruce Allemann / New Holland Publishing (2004)
Summary: This is a clearly presented basic guide to Aikido training and some basic technique with many full-color photographs.
Heinz Patt / Reuverton Editions Bonn (2007)
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.
Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Minato Research and Publishing Co., Ltd. (1975)
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.
Kannagara Dojo / Kannagara Dojo
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
Roger Taylor / Atlantic Leisure Ltd. (1999)
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.
Alan Drysdale / Spitz Publishing (2002)
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.
John Saviano / Aikido Fudoshin Kai (1993)
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.
Nick Lowry / 12 Winds (1998)
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.
Koichi Tohei / Rikugei Publishing House (1960)
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.
Gozo Shioda & Yasuhisa Shioda / Kodansha (2006)
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.
Koichi Tohei / U.K. softcover edition edition, Souvenir Press, London (1996)
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.
Kenji Shimizu / edition q (1994)
Summary: This profusely illustrated volume uses sequential photography to present numerous techniques and exercises.
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."
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.
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.
Tony Brown / The Pentland Press (1997)
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.
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.
F. Shishida & T. Nariyama / Shodokan Publishing (1985)
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.
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.
Brian Bagot / 1st edition, The Crowood Press, Ltd., England (1990)
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)
Kazuo Nomura / English edition, Budo International (2009)
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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.
Bodo Roedel / Meyer & Meyer (2010)
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.
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).
Kisshomaru Ueshiba / Kodansha International (2004)
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.
Stefan Stenudd / BookSurge (2008)
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.
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".
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.
Moriteru Ueshiba / Kodansha International (2002)
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.
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.
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.
Koichi Tohei / 1st edition, Japan Publications, Inc., Tokyo, Japan (1979)
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 / 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.
John Barr / Budo Aikido Association (1983)
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.
Morihei Ueshiba / 1978
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.
Morihei Ueshiba / Sugawara Martial Arts Institute (1997)
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.
Morihei Ueshiba / 1st edition, Kodansha International (1991)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gaku Homma / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California (1993)
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.
Donald Lawson / CreateSpace (2008)
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."
Morihiro Saito / Aiki News (1999)
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).
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.
R. Suenaka & C. Watson / First Edition edition, Tuttle Martial Arts (1997)
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.
M.G. Harvey / Emerson Books (1967)
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.
Seigo Okamoto / Kaitensha Publications (1999)
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.
Rupert M. J. Atkinson / Crowood Press (2005)
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.
Alan Drysdale / Spitz Publishing (1996)
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.
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.
Gozo Shioda / Kodansha International Ltd (1968)
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.
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.
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.
Paul Linden / first edition, CCMS Publications (2006)
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 being-in-movement.com.
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.
Nev Sagiba / 1st edition, Leonbooks (2008)
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.
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.
Shiro Omiya / Kodansha International (1998)
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.
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.
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.
Wayne Tourda & David Dye / Aikido Federation of California (1982)
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.
Rod Kobayashi / Seidokan Headquarters (1985)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Kenji Tomiki / Japan Travel Bureau (1956)
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.
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.
Tony Deckers / Tony Deckers (2005)
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.
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.
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.
C.M. Shifflett / Round Earth Publishing (1997)
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.
Koichi Tohei / 1st edition, Ki No Kenkyukai H.Q., Tokyo, Japan (1978)
Summary: Revised Edition first published (Japan Publications) in 2001.
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.
Christopher Curtis / 1st edition, Maui Aikido Ki Society (1995)
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.
William Reed / 1st edition, Japan Publications, Inc., Tokyo, Japan (1986)
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."
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.
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!
Bruce Klickstein / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books (1987)
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.
Yoshimitsu Yamada / Lyle Stuart (1981)
Summary: As the title would suggest, this book is a re-edited and larger edition of the earlier "Aikido Complete".
Stephi Varjan / Tsunami Aikido Publications (2003)
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.
Stephi Varjan / Tsunami Aikido Publications (2004)
Summary: This volume is a follow-up to Volume 1 (taijutsu). Varjan Sensei's notes for Nishio-style weapons training are covered here.
Karen Rose / lulu.com (2009)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Makiyama / Lancer Books (1960)
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.
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.
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.
Mitsugi Saotome / 1st edition, Shambhala Publications Inc, Boston (1989)
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
Moriteru Ueshiba / First edition, Kodansha International (2006)
Summary: New book: "Progressive Aikido: The Essential Elements" by Moriteru Ueshiba
Toshishiro Obata / 2nd edition, David Chambers (for Dragon Books) (1988)
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.
Sogawa Kazuoki / 2001
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.
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.
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."
Huw Dillon / Paul Crompton Ltd. (1997)
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.
Gaku Homma / First Edition edition, Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California (1997)
Summary: This book explores the relationship between sword movements (kenjutsu) and Aikido movements (taijutsu).
Peter Brady & Andrew Popovic / Lorenz Books (2007)
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.
Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Aiki News, Tokyo, Japan (1994)
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.
Morihiro Saito / Second edition, Aiki News (2007)
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
Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Aiki News, Tokyo, Japan (1996)
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.
Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Aiki News (1996)
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.
Morihiro Saito / Aiki News (1997)
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.
Morihiro Saito / Aiki News (2001)
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.
Bronilyn Smith / Lilyfield Publishers (1987)
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.
Eddy Wolput / UniBook.com (2010)
Summary: Quoted from the Foreword:
Terry Pierce / Volume One edition, New Jersey Ki Society (1992)
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.
Thomas Makiyama / Literary Licensing/Old Island Books (2011)
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".
Thomas Makiyama / Old Island Books (1960)
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).
Koichi Tohei / Japan Publications, Inc. (1968)
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.
Paul Wildish / Thorsons (1998)
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.
Neil Saunders / Trafford Publishing (2007)
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.
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.
Lee Ah Loi / Paul Crompton Ltd. (1979)
Summary: A follow-up to Book 1, this volume displays basic paired techniques (Tomiki style). Well illustrated.
Lee Ah Loi / Paul Crompton Ltd. (2001)
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.
Paul Linden / 1999
Summary: This e-booklet covers some basic breathing and movement exercises.
Gozo Shioda / Kodansha International Ltd (1996)
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.
Morihiro Saito / 1st edition, Minato Research & Publishing Company (1973)
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.
Morihiro Saito / sixth printing, 1978 edition, Minato Research & Publishing Co., Tokyo (1973)
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.
Morihiro Saito / fourth printing, 1978 edition, Minato Research & Publishing Company (1974)
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.
Morihiro Saito / third printing 1977 edition, Minato Research & Publishing Company (1974)
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.
Morihiro Saito / second printing 1978 edition, Minato Research&Publishing Co. (1976)
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.
Yoshimitsu Yamada / Citadel (1994)
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.
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.
Giuseppe Ruglioni / Erga Edizioni (1997)
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.
H.E. Davey / Master's Press (NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group) (1997)
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.
Koichi Tohei / 2001
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.
Koichi Tohei / 1st edition, Rikugei Publishing House, Tokyo (1962)
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.
T.E. Bearden / 2nd edition, Cheniere Press (2006)
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.
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.
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.
Gozo Shioda / 1st edition, Aiki News, Tokyo, Japan (1990)
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."