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.
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.
Mitsugi Saotome / Shambhala (1986)
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.
Richard Strozzi Heckler / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California (1985)
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.
William Gleason / 1st edition, Destiny Books (2009)
Summary: Click this link to buy an autographed copy of William Gleason's new book, "Aikido and Words of Power": http://shobu.org/aikido_and_words_of_power.php
"Aiki" Mike Moorehouse / lulu.com (2010)
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.
C. Crane & J. Cutler-Shaw / 1999
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.
Gaku Homma / North Atlantic Books (1990)
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)
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.
Howard Bornstein / Design EQ (2002)
Summary: This free eBook is good for beginners and is available on line at http://designeq.com/deq/aikido/insideout. Portuguese and Romanian translations are available at http://www.designeq.com/deq/aikido.
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.
Terry Dobson & V. Miller / North Atlantic Books (1978)
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.
Richard Moon / Aiki Press (1997)
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.
Hoa Newens / lulu.com (2010)
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.
Allie Jordan / CreateSpace (2009)
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."
Sadao Yoshioka / None (2003)
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.
Stefan Stenudd / Arriba (2008)
Summary: This book is basically a re-titled edition of the book "Aikido: The Peaceful Martial Art".
Gozo Shioda / Shindokan Books (2002)
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.
Greg O'Connor / 1st edition, Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California (1991)
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
Nick Waites / 2nd edition, Brancepeth Computer Publications (2008)
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.
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.
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.
Andre Nocquet / Aiki News (1996)
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.
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
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.
Mitsugi Saotome / Arete Press (2003)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Pearson / Vermilion (1991)
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.
Stefan Stenudd / BookSurge (2008)
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".
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.
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.
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.
Tri Thong Dang / 1st edition, Charles E. Tuttle Co. (1993)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Ira Lerner / Ridge Press (1976)
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.
Ellis Amdur / Edgework (2000)
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.
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.
Kanshu Sunadomari / North Atlantic Books (2004)
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.
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.
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.
Joe Wokoro / CreateSpace (2011)
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.
Ralph Pettman / 2003
Summary: This e-book is available to all at http://aki.org.nz/?page_id=4. 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.
Wayne Tourda & Vincent McCullough / Fourth Edition edition, McGraw-Hill Learning Solutions (2009)
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.
Ellis Amdur / edgework.info (2009)
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.
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.
Michael Aloia / Aloia Publishing USA (2009)
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.
Terry Chitwood / Polestar Publications (1981)
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.
Richard Strozzi Heckler / North Atlantic Books (1990)
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.
Dave Lowry / Shambhala/Weatherhill (2006)
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.
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.
Jon Pearson / Macdonald and Co. (1991)
Summary: This is exactly the same text as is found in "Aikido: The Essential Introductory Guide" by the same author.
Wendy Palmer / 1st edition, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California (1994)
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.
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.
Terry Dobson / 1st edition, Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, California (1993)
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.
Robert E. Carter / First edition, SUNY Press (2008)
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.
Thomas Crum / Fireside Books (1997)
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.
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 / 1st edition, Ki No Kenkyukai H.Q., Tokyo, Japan (1978)
Summary: Revised Edition first published (Japan Publications) in 2001.
Minoru Oshima / Kodokai Aikido (1995)
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.
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."
Daniel Kohn / BookSurge, LLC (2004)
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.
Kensho Furuya / Ohara Publications (1996)
Summary: (the following text is taken from the author's web site):
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.
Judith Warner & Tim Warneka / Asogomi Publishing International (2007)
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.
Christopher Curtis / MAKS Publishing (2007)
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.
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.
Carol Wiley / Frog, Ltd. (1995)
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.
Peter Payne / Thames and Hudson (1987)
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.
George Leonard / Plume (1992)
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.
Dave Lowry / Tuttle (2000)
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
Mikoto Masohilo Nakazono / Kototama Books (1979)
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.
Kouzo Kaku / Global Oriental (2000)
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.
Andre Nocquet / English edition, Robert Cornman (1994)
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.
Daniel Linden / Linden Tree Press (2004)
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.
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.
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?
Miyako Fujitani / Aikido Tenshin Dojo (1999)
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.
David Baum / Dearborn Trade Publishing (2002)
Summary: This book presents life lessons paralleling and taken from various aspects of Aikido training. Not illustrated.
Susan Perry / First Edition edition, Shambhala Publications Inc, Boston (2002)
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.
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.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba / Kodansha International (1984)
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.
William Gleason / 1st edition, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont (1995)
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.
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.
Rick Berry / 2 edition, Infinity Publishing.com (2004)
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.
Joe Wokoro / CreateSpace (2010)
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.
Fred Phillips / 1st edition, General Informatics (2003)
Summary: Written by an aikido 5th dan (http://www.aikidojournal.com/personalitydetails.php?id=25), this book shows how to apply principles of Zen martial art - especially aikido - to make better decisions in business and daily life.
Mary Stein / Blue Snake Books (2009)
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.
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.
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.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba & Morihei Ueshiba / Kodansha (2007)
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.
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.
Jose Carlos Escobar / 1 edition, Trafford Publishing (2009)
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.
Thomas Crum / Bennett-Koehler (2006)
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.
Paul Linden / 1999
Summary: This e-booklet covers some basic breathing and movement exercises.
Tri Thong Dang / Tuttle (1997)
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.
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).
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.
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.
George Leonard / Dutton, then Plume (1999)
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:
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.
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."
Neal Dunnigan / First edition, Lulu Enterprises, Inc. (2005)
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.