Kisshomaru Ueshiba / Kodansha (2008)
Summary: In this engaging and compelling biography, the Founder's son Kissomaru Ueshiba (the second Aikido Doshu) details the life of this remarkable man, from his early years as a youth in the turbulent Meiji era to his death in 1969. Incorporating many first-hand accounts and anecdotes as well as historical documents, the author weaves a fascinating narrative of the Founder's life, and with great fondness tells of his own memories of the man who would come to be known as O Sensei--great master.
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.
Michael Friedl / second printing 1978 edition, Ohara Publications, Santa Clarita, CA (1994)
Summary: The author describes 31 games that can be played with children. All of which, he says in his introduction, "promote harmony, and do not focus on competition, winning, or losing." He has tried the games for "over 20 years" and believes that each of these "fosters an awareness of harmony, blending with one's environment, and develops trust and positive relationships."
Stanley Pranin / Aiki News (1995)
Summary: This book is a worldwide dojo directory, with cross-references to major Aikido organizations, and instructor names.
Stanley Pranin / 2nd edition, Aiki News (1991)
Summary: The first comprehensive reference work for Aikido-related names and topics. A standard before Aikido Journal evolved into a global electronic reference. First Edition appeared in 1989.
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.
Kevin Love & Jon Oaker / Lulu.com (2008)
Summary: Category: Humor
Bernie Lau / Land Printing (1986)
Summary: This is a single-issue limited printing of 500. The author gives historical comparison of both Aikido and Aiki-Jujutsu. There are extensive photos of records and key historical figures, and a balanced synopsis about the histories of both arts.
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.
Ramboro Books / Ramboro Books (1999)
Summary: Available info suggests that this is a very limited distribution of an Aikido photo introduction for kids. If you have a copy, please enter the relevant info into this listing, or contact email@example.com with details.
Morihiro Saito / 1994
Summary: This book may not exist. It is believed to be a misinterpretation of listings for the softcover editions in the "Traditional Aikido" series, by same author, same publisher, and same date of publication.
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.
John McBrewster / Alphascript Publishing (2009)
Summary: This "book" is little more than an edited and reprinted compilation of information "harvested" from public domain sources (Wikipedia, etc.) that reference the term "aikido".
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.
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.
Pamela Randall / 1st edition, PowerKids Press, New York (1999)
Summary: A very short introduction to Aikido for kids no older than elementary school.
Bodo Roedel / Meyer & Meyer Fachverlag edition, Meyer & Meyer Fachverlag und Buchhandel GmbH (2010)
Summary: Aikido is a highly developed martial art form based on standardized principles which the book explains by numerous examples of movements. The basics of the foot and hand movements are also covered. The details of the basic techniques of Aikido are described; the reader also learns their implementation. A closer look is further taken on the roles of the defender and the attacker.
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.
Don Smith / Troll Associates (1974)
Summary: This booklet is a very basic pictorial overview of Kung-Fu and Aikido, presumably intended to offer the reader the opportunity to formulate a comparison of the two. One interesting feature is that the photographs are in full color, which is a rarity even today, much less thirty-odd years ago.
Scott Allbright / Crowood Press (2002)
Summary: This book promotes the need for randori in aikido training. It is written from a Tomiki-style perspective.
Margaret Greenhalgh / VDM Verlag (2010)
Summary: From the Publisher: Among the modern martial arts most often mentioned in relation to "spirituality" is the Japanese martial art aikido, created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 -1969) in the 1940s. He described aikido as an art of peace and viewed its practice as a spiritual endeavour. Academic observers, however, have cast doubt on the authenticity of spiritual content in the martial arts while others consider that spirituality is not possible outside the confines of established religion. This book refutes these arguments by exploring in detail aikido's relationship to Japan's spiritual traditions. Drawing extensively on Ueshiba's discourses and writings, it compares the aikido world view and practice methods with those of four belief systems influential in Japan - Daoism, Zen Buddhism, Shingon Mikkyo and Shinto. The book shows how Ueshiba pierced the meaning of these traditions and was able thereby to synthesise their spiritual practices creatively. It also sheds light on various sources of confusion surrounding spiritual aspects of the martial arts and should interest martial arts' practitioners and anyone concerned more widely with new forms of spirituality.
William Gleason / Destiny Books (2009)
Summary: This is a pre-release listing for this upcoming title (due February, 2009).
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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."
Alan Ruddock / Lulu.com for Aiki Pathways (2009)
Summary: From the Publisher: One Irishman's lifetime search for the answer to the mystery of Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido.
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.
Stanley Pranin / Aiki News (2010)
Summary: The interviews contained in "Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era" have been meticulously edited from hundreds of hours of conversations conducted over a 30-year period with those closest to the Founder. These early devotees of the art offer an insightful portrayal of the character of the Aikido Founder, and a detailed description of his teaching and activities, spanning nearly half a century. More than 100 photos, many published for the first time, add an important visual dimension to the testimonies of the interviewees. This is an essential volume for those desiring to discover the roots of Aikido, a true cultural treasure of Japan.
Stefan Stenudd / Arriba (2008)
Summary: This book is basically a re-titled edition of the book "Aikido: The Peaceful Martial Art".
T. Nariyama / First edition, Shodokan (2010)
Summary: Aikido randori is a competitive practice followed within the Japan Aikido Association (JAA) and allied organizations around the world. Judo and kendo are well known for incorporating competitive practice and, as an extension, competitions. Competitive aikido is less well known but is equal to both as a contemporary budo from historical, technical and educational viewpoints.
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.
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
Michael Taylor / 2nd edition, Michael W. Taylor (2004)
Summary: This is a cross-reference guide, containing English/Japanese entries, including Kanji, for commonly used Aikido terminology.
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.
Masatake Fujita / Aikikai Foundation, Aikido Hombu Dojo (1970)
Summary: This text is a translation of a text of “Aikido Training” of the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. This is 35 pages long with no illustrations or photographs. Many bindings exist, some hardbound, some softcover. Bindings are all post-distribution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Baygents / 1981
Summary: Very little info is available about this book, although there is data to suggest it may have been published more than once. If you have a copy, please expand on the info here, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
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.
Giuseppe Ruglioni / Budovideos.com distrib. edition, Erga Edition, Genova, Italy (2008)
Summary: The path proposed here is the search for harmony between our interior life and the exterior life. A path that helps us to confront ourselves with the conflicts and the struggles,through the Art of Perception in a practice of Relationship and Peace. The volume (with a DVD included) is provided with more than three hundred images complement the books practical descriptions . It is not a manual of techniques, but an innovative proposal of how to use the Art of the Perception to overcome the interior and social conflicts through Aikido, a practice of Relationship and Peace.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Kilmer / createspace.com (2008)
Summary: A photo-essay of the author's Aikido experiences, with photos paired with Aikido anecdotes.
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.
Andrew Crawford / Arizona State University (1989)
Summary: This is actually a baccalaureate thesis from a few years back that has garnered enough vague references on the web that it is thought by some to be a published work. It is a basic overview of Aikido history and organizational structure, mixed with the author's commentary. Some coverage is given to the basic philosophy of Aikido, and to the trends occurring as the art absorbs Western exposure. Modestly illustrated, with glossary of terms and considerable bibliography. Copies may be obtained by contacting the Library Archives department at Arizona State University.
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.
Kenji Shimizu / edition q (1994)
Summary: This profusely illustrated volume uses sequential photography to present numerous techniques and exercises.
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.
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.
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.
Kazuo Nomura / English edition, Budo International (2009)
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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.
Riki Moss / Blue Snake Books (2009)
Summary: Although novels are not normally included in this bibliography, this particular one is quite relevant, as it is loosely based on the life of one of Aikido's more colorful individuals, Terry Dobson, as written by his partner, Riki Moss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Stanley Pranin / Aiki News (1987)
Summary: This book was produced in limited quantity, and served as the forerunner to later separate and much more comprehensive Encyclopedia and Dojo Directory publications.
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.
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.
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.
David Nemeroff / Tate Publishing (2009)
Summary: (From the Publisher) "Enter Into Aikido" is a great resource for potential students and beginners who want to learn more about the art of Aikido. David Nemeroff covers a wide variety of topics, including what to look for in a school, lineage and legitimacy in the martial arts, dojo etiquette, and what to expect from Aikido training. Additionally, the reader can find information about Aikido's history, philosophical concepts, as well as a description of various styles of Aikido. Personal stories from the author and other Aikido students add insight and interest to the text. 'Enter into Aikido' is an essential guide for any beginner and a valuable reference for aikido-ka of all skill levels.
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.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba / 1983
Summary: This book is a pictorial essay produced by the Aikikai Foundation to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of O'Sensei. The main book is limited to Japanese text only (back-to-front read), but the book was published with a separate English-language supplement which provides complete translation of the limited narrative text, as well as all photo captions. The book is a photo depiction of O'Sensei's life, and contains an assortment of photos well-known to Aikidoka, as well as many that are not often found in other works. A cardboard slipcover was also provided.
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.
Beholder / Exploding Pen Ltd. (1993)
Summary: This book is an irreverent and extremely humorous collection of cartoons, poking fun at just about every martial art in existence, including Aikido. The description of a fractured 31-jo kata is hilarious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Brightfield / Bantam Books (1995)
Summary: A fictional story written for children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kenbukai e.V. / edition greenstuff (2010)
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.
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.
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.
Rudy Higgens-Evenson / First Edition edition, Arete Press, Claremont, California (2000)
Summary: Originally serialized in Aikido Today Magazine, this saga recounts the experiences of an imaginary group of intrepid Aikidoka who have only a storage shed to practice in. Wall-to-wall in-jokes, if you have much Aikido experience, you'll find Jord's tales side-splittingly funny.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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/Kelmscott Press Ltd. (1988)
Summary: Unlike the author's other books, this volume is not technical in nature. Instead it discusses and details the origins of Tomiki-style Aikido, and memorializes the author's primary teacher, Hideo Ohba Sensei. Illustrated.
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.
Summary: This book does not exist. The project was cancelled prior to publication. The publisher (Contemporary Books/McGraw-Hill) confirms that no pre-release copies were ever printed. Reference is made here to clarify and avoid confusion, as numerous booksellers continue to show this book in their listings (including cover art), and will even accept orders (and subsequently cancel them).
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.
Judy Ringer / OnePoint Press (2006)
Summary: Judy Ringer's newly published book on aikido and conflict is a practical tool to help you generate more power, presence, and flow in your relationships and your life.
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.
Sharon Seymour / None (2000)
Summary: This book does not exist. Sharon Seymour Sensei confirms that it was in fact never written. This listing has been shown to help prevent confusion, as numerous references survive (including this one) on the internet, and readers would be otherwise led to believe that it does exist in limited production, which is erroneous. A book with this same title, authored by Andrea Siegel, appears in a separate bibliography listing.
Carol Wiley / North Atlantic Books (1992)
Summary: This book is a compilation of biographical interviews with notable female instructors of various martial arts, including aikido. The author herself is an aikidoka. Modestly illustrated.
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.
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."