Stephen Kilmer / createspace.com (2008)
Summary: A photo-essay of the author's Aikido experiences, with photos paired with Aikido anecdotes.
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.
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.
Koichi Tohei / Ki No Kenkyukai (1995)
Summary: This is a pocket-sized bilingual (Japanese/English) booklet, with English reading front-to-middle, and Japaneese reading back-to-middle. It is a collection ot thoughts and anecdotes about Ki development. This is not a mainstream publication, but is meant instead for distribution within Ki Society groups.
Kenbukai e.V. / edition greenstuff (2010)
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.
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.
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.