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1. Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere:
2. Total Aikido: The Master Course
3. Aikido Exercises for Teaching
4. The Aikido Student Handbook: A
5. Aikido in Everyday Life: Giving
6. Ki in Aikido: A Sampler of Ki
7. Way of Aikido, The:Life Lessons
8. Aikido Weapons Techniques
9. Aikido: Basic and Intermediate
10. Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques
11. Best Aikido: The Fundamentals
12. The Secret Teachings of Aikido
13. The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual
14. Principles of Aikido
15. A Life in Aikido: The Biography
16. Aikido and the Harmony of Nature
17. Dynamic Aikido (Bushido--The Way
18. Aikido: The Tomiki Way
19. The Spirit of Aikido
20. Enter into Aikido

1. Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction
by Adele Westbrook, Oscar Ratti
Paperback: 375 Pages (2001-07-01)
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Asin: 0804832846
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Aikido neutralizes aggression and renders attackers harmless. By controlling body position and harmonizing their vital physical and mental powers, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art.This classic text reveals the secrets which enable the stunning control practiced in Aikido. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (88)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Useful Book
I've studied Aikido, as well as a number of other martial arts, and don't believe that you can truly learn them from a book.That being said, this is a very nice reference for students of Aikido and other martial artists who want to learn more about Aikido.Even more, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful.Well worth getting.[...]

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Written
Having a long-time interest in martial arts, I remember seeing this title advertised in magazines years ago and decided to finally purchase a copy.It is well written and gives the reader a fine introduction to Aikido.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent martial arts book...
I think this is the best book explaining a specific martial art that I've come across.

Why is it exceptional?Several reasons.First, the authors are unusually articulate, and at times almost scholarly.Second, the book addresses both the philosophy of aikido (its tenets, values, and meditative characteristics), as well as the technique of aikido (its movements and defensive tactics), and it explains the link between the philosophy and technique in an especially coherent way.Third, the book delves into details of aikido technique using an extensive set of figural drawings and diagrams, which are easier to understand than a series of photographs would be.Fourth, the book also provides brief background regarding the institutional side of aikido:i.e., how is the art typically taught, what does does a dojo look like, what is the etiquette of a typical class, how does ranking work, etc.

There's an almost anthropological quality to some of the material in this book -- again, quite scholarly.About the only aspect of aikido background that it doesn't cover in much detail is the history of the art, or of its founder, Morihei Uyeshiba.Notably, the book acknowledges up front that it provides only a limited introduction to the techniques (at ~370 pages):given its intent as an aikido handbook, rather than an aikido encyclopedia, I don't see that as a flaw.

By contrast, there are many other martial arts books that basically consist of lists of techniques, with illustrative photographs that are very difficult for a non-practitioner to follow.Such books are often poorly written or poorly translated, and don't really convey the essence of what a particular martial art is, with regard to technique, philosophy, or pedagogy.This book stands out because it does convey that essence, and because the style of the writing itself actually *feels* a bit like aikido.

If you are interested in either aikido or martial arts generally, this book is worth picking up.You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Haven't found this in a store......
It was great to finally find a copy of this, it's a seminal work and for a used copy, in superb shape.Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Masters thesis in paperback......
Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere is one of those books that tells the story but you must dig a little for the information.Depending on your years of experience, or lack thereof, this book will be your Bible of Aikido or something you prop the door open with.This is not a teaching book but a tome to be savored.To be read and re-read to gather the knowledge the authors are trying to impart to you.I purchased this book three times over the years because mine keeps disappearing and would glady do it again, it is that good.
The one drawback is that at times the techniques are numbered instead of named but even that turned out to be a plus because it forces you to pay attention.Whatever you have read about this book it is true, if you don't have it in your library, get it.This is not so much a review than it is an endorsement.I have plenty of books in my martial arts library but there is only a few that I would keep replacing and this is one of them.
They call this an illustrated introduction but it goes way beyond that.Combined with your personal training this is a Masters thesis in paperback. ... Read more

2. Total Aikido: The Master Course (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
by Gozo Shioda
Hardcover: 208 Pages (1997-02-15)
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Asin: 4770020589
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Aikido students and enthusiasts the world over will be delighted with this English translation of Gozo Shioda's "hidden principles," finally made available by the Yoshinkan school of aikido. An outstanding student of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, Shioda, who taught thousands of people in his lifetime, left a profound legacy, successfully teaching the spiritual and practical applications of a martial art that could all too easily become mired in one or the other.

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.

This is an essential work for students of all levels, a treasury of expert information. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars Total Aikido Indeed +++
"Total Aikido" is a VERY fine manual on Yoshinkan Aikido -- as founded by Gozo Shioda -- who trained deeply with Morihei Ueshiba starting before World War II. So a very self-defense oriented Aikido is presented -- almost like a renewal of Aiki Jutsu Daitoryu -- even with nearly indentical technical terms. Yet its Aiki as good as any -- in all methods presented -- as would be expected coming from Gozo Shioda -- who was barely over a hundred pounds but had a mountain of intense Aiki to extend GREAT skill. This Aiki Art is PROVEN via its many Japanese Self-Defense Force, Police and other students -- as well as those of us across the seas who have encountered Yoshinkan Aikido directly via friendly hospitality of its intense followers -- welcoming visitors to their Dojo mat one way or another. "Total Aikido" itself is presented via perfectionist illustration and explanation of the few well-chosen core methods and many well-ordered adaptations to attack-situations. Indeed Gozo Shioda and Yasuhisa Shioda -- via Yoshinkan Aikido and this fine manual -- DO show just how "gentleness can overcome the strong" +++

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written on Aikido by a true master of the art.
Though I never held any rank in Aikido, I have rank in several related martial arts and studied numerous other combat arts.(Jujitsu, Judo, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Krav Maga, Aikijutsu, Combatives, Karate).I only took up Aikido for a short time but I have always respected the art for its many beautiful and practical techniques.In fact, as a law enforcement trainer several of the techniques I teach came originally from Aikido or Aikijutsu.This book is clearly one of the best books on Aikido I have ever read.The detailed explanations combined with the very clear photographs and illustrations, make this book a MUST OWN for anyone who is studying Aikido.It is best to use this great book in combination with training under an Aikido expert to really get the most out ofit.In conclusion, this is a book that should be in every serious martial artist's personal collection.Rating:5 Stars.Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Monadnock Defensive Tactics System, Use of the Monadnock Straight Baton, PR-24 Baton Advanced Techniques, Tanto-Jutsu Manual, Wakizashi-Jutsu Manual, Never Trust a Politician, Martial Art Myths).

5-0 out of 5 stars Un libro excelente
Uno de los mejores libros de artes marciales que tengo.

Es tal vez el libro que todo principiante del aikido debería tener como guía de referencia, ya que explica cómo se producen errores más comunes que solemos cometer en las técnicas básicas como ikkio, nikio, sankio, yonkio, cómo agarrar bien al compañero (uke o tori)...

Incluye también algunas aplicaciones interesantes a la defensa personal (goshin waza).

Buena edición la versión en inglés, con tapa dura.

Ojalá encontrara más libros como éste.

4-0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile book for anyone interested in Aikido
Gozo Shioda was a direct student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba and this experience is seen through the detail of this book.The beginning of the book goes over various basics and exercises taught in Aikido.This proves very helpful for anyone who has not actually taken an Aikido class.There is a great deal of detail for various basic moves, explaining everything from breathing to shifting weight.One of the problems with soft martial arts such as Aikido is the difficulty in performing the throws or locks if you have not had an instructor.The book helps in this by explaining key points to the technique that should be remembered as well as explaining the mechanics of it in detail.Close up and side bars providing further detail along side the clear step by step pictures of the techniques as they are being performed also make it easier to learn these moves with a partner.I would give this book a perfect score if it were not for the Japanese technique names.This book was translated from Japanese.While the names of the techniques are translated to English the explanation for how to do the technique uses traditional Japanese terms at times.

For example:
from Four Direction Throw 1

"1-2 From migi ai-hanmi kamae, uke grabs your left wrist andpulls in a straight line. You strike with right-handed back-fist atemi to uke's face."

While this is a bit of learning curve I didn't find it as cumbersome once I had the basic terminology down.

As for the practical side.While Aikido does not come as easily as learning to throw a good right hook, many of the throws and joint locks can be employed without much effort once they are learned well.The techniques are presented often against traditional grabs or overhand strikes, however much of the material can be used just as readily by simply training with someone shoving, throwing a punch or going to tackle.There was a lack of kick defenses, but most people starting a street fight will not kick high anyway.The joint locks to control people are useful, especially if you are in a position where you cannot knock someone out who attacks, such as a teacher or a security guard.

5-0 out of 5 stars An enduring classic
Gozo Shioda's masterful presentation of the fundamentals of Aikido is profound.The reader is drawn into a world that is both complex and very simple, through techniques which require great skill to perform but which flow like water when done right. The Ai (harmony) element is present throughout the book, and I now recommend this book to my students and give it as gifts to my friends. ... Read more

3. Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training: Revised Edition
by C.M. Shifflett
Paperback: 288 Pages (2009-03-24)
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Asin: 1583942173
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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With the number of Aikido dojos in the U.S. estimated at up to 1,000, this Japanese martial art has never been more popular. This revised edition of the best-selling Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training provides an ideal companion for both teachers and students of all Aikido systems. With over 100 illustrations and 300 pages of detailed techniques and exercises, Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training has proved itself as the definitive guide to the “peaceful martial art.”

The exercises here are based on hitori waza, the simple building blocks that underlie the most spectacular Aikido throws. These are augmented with testing techniques, class demonstrations, and underlying basics of physics, anatomy, and psychology. The book includes an explanation of the relationships between exercises and throws; an approach for safe mastery of rolling and ukemi skills; the anatomy of wristlocks; useful training equipment; exercises for individual, off-mat practice; and verbal self-defense techniques.

Unlike most Aikido manuals, this one draws from multiple systems (including Aikikai and Yoshinkan Aikido as well as Judo) and many seemingly unrelated topics to enhance understanding of the underlying principles of Aikido. Peppered with humorous anecdotes, creative analogies, and real-life lessons, this is a practical and inspiring guide for all Aikidoists. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid and Straightforward
Schifflett Sensei's text is very clear and straight to the point. As a new student, there are many questions that arise that, once answered, allow one to move on with a greater sensitivity and awareness of the subtleties of the art. This text promotes a clarity of mind that is absolutely essential for maximizing time on the mat and getting the most from it. By default, this transfers easily into other areas of life as well.

Regardless of the style of Aikido you are learning, the information within this book be of greater benefit than a review can present.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a person who knows nothing of the art
The book is witty enough to be entertaining on that note alone, one might say a criticsm is that the book teaches little in technique and more about what Aikido is NOT as opposed to what it is. In truth the book teaches you just enough to give you a taste of the art and get you in the dojo where your training will be at its best. The book gives you a good beginning perspective on what to expect with that as well, propor dojo etequite, etc. For the beginner with little to no knowledge of Aikido this book is an excellent introduction into the art.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent accompaniment to any martial arts practice.
C.M. Shifflett's "Aikido for Teaching and Training," is a thoughfully crafted handbook that should benefit any Aikido practicioner.I myself am primarily a Shaolin Kung Fu stylist, however, I was honored to have studied with Shihan Paul Silvaine of Valley Aikido in Northhampton Massachusetts between 1985 and 1989.The Aikido that he taught me was inspiring to say the least, and its circular nature blends perfectly with both Kung Fu and Tai Chi methodology.This book has helped me to rekindle his teachings, and allowed me to resume practice in Aikido.There is an amazing abundance of information within this book, and several readings will most likely be necessary to glean all of the treasure locked within its pages.The illustrations are adequate, but in some cases, I thought that a few more photos would have been appropriate.I agree with some of the other posters that the testimonials were often both humorous and fitting, but at times I found them excessive, and anxiously read on for more of the Author's expert instruction.Keep up the good work!Two thumbs up!


Erik D.J. O'BrienThe Drums of Doom: Part 2 of The Duaredheim Staff Saga

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid, but occasionally discursive and smug
One of the more useful and humble features of this book is its concordance.Every Aikido technique discussed in Shifflett's book has a cross reference to discussions of the same technique in other well known Aikido texts.This makes it easy for the beginner to rely on Shifflett's book as their starting piont. Then, using their guide, refer to other books for different perspectives on that same technique. On the merits of this feature alone, I would recommend this book.

I generally found that I could go from class to this book, and understand the author's treatment.

However, I could do with fewer "off the mat" examples.Shifflett tries to bring Aikido to life with excerpts from Music, Physics, and just about everything under the sun in order to make Aikido seem more "accessible".However, in creating so many examples, the opposite impression is subtly communicated; namely that Aikido is competely inscrutable and we poor westerners need a dumbed down version of it if we are to progress at all.Also, Shifflett seems to take aim at people who want to use martial arts for self defense, as if it represents some horrible Machismo, and we'd be better off not studying if that is our aim.I do not agree with that particular viewpoint.

Despite this reviewer's differences in philsophy with the author, there is much that is useful in this well-written book.The chapters on stretching and warming up were thorough, as was the chapter on innovative ideas for creating at-home practice tools.

Buy this book, but keep that grain of salt handy.

5-0 out of 5 stars good reference for Aikido
This is a good book to have as a reference for the various warmup exercises and techniques of Aikido. I learned a lot of these things many years ago at a dojo where the instructor spoke in Japanese, so I didn'tfully understood what he was explaining at first. This book has been very helpful in clarifying some of the finer points.
As fellow students of Aikido know, the techniques become deeper with each year of practice and many things become clear as you progress through the levels and micro-levels of the various moves. This book is helpful as a guide along the way if you are already into it, and it is a good beginner reference if you are just getting started at a dojo.

The layout of the book is logical and it is nicely written. ... Read more

4. The Aikido Student Handbook: A Guide to the Philosophy, Spirit, Etiquette and Training Methods of Aikido
by Greg O'Connor
Paperback: 112 Pages (1993-12-09)
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Asin: 1883319048
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In the past twenty years, the Aikido population has increased tremendously in the United States, primarily because of the vast number of comprehensive American instructors. Greg O'Connor walks the reader through the history and philosophy of aikido. He then, in short chapters peppered with photos and illustrations, answers common questions about etiquette, training methods, and, in general, "what to expect" when practicing aikido. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars general
item was received ahead of expected date, was packed carefully and in good condition. thank you for your attention to this order.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginner to the art
I have a couple Aikido books now and this is a very good book for me being 1) new to Aikido and 2) new to martial arts in general.Found the words sounded out in the back of the book to be very helpful.A good buy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great start for Aikido beginners
As a beginner in Aikido, I found the book helpful in demystifying some of the etiquette and language, as well as providing a good backround on the sport and some of the philosopy.I would recommend it to any beginner and expect that it will remain on the bookshelf as a reference to many of the terms used in Aikido.

3-0 out of 5 stars Really useful only for beginners.
A good book, with an interesting point of view, but included information is very basic.If you are looking for technical content, it ain't here...

5-0 out of 5 stars Hand this one out at the door.....
This little book has been amazingly useful. I am the instructor of an aikido dojo and I have made extensive use of this book. I give a copy to interested people who come to watch a class to thumb through while we are doing warmups or repetitive exercises (I find it really piques their interest and when I ask if they have questions after class, they have fewer and the questions are less basic and more insightful after having skimmed this. It answers some of the questions new people don't even know enough to know they SHOULD be asking. I also use one as part of the introductory package for starting up with us - at $10, you can't go wrong. Aikido technique can only be learned on the mat, and this IS NOT A TECHNIQUE MANUAL (nor was it ever intended to be). New students need some of the why's, etiquette and terminology and philosophy in concise, understandable form - that's what makes this a great guidebook. Great job! Instructors, try giving all your new students a copy of this book the day they leave from their first class - I believe it will pay for itself in increased student retention. ... Read more

5. Aikido in Everyday Life: Giving In to Get Your Way Second Edition
by Terry Dobson, Victor Miller
Paperback: 280 Pages (1994-01-01)
list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$9.34
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Asin: 1556431511
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Conflict is an unavoidable aspect of living. The principles of aikido are uniquely suited to everyday conflict resolution because it is a martial art based on avoiding attack. Its nondefensive, prosocial stance offers new options for dealing with conflict and can help break habits such as bullying and intimidation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Bridge
Because of its non-aggressive approach to conflict resolution, Aikido's techniques are often viewed as physical metaphors for side-stepping the stress and strain of daily life in the office, behind the wheel and at home.
This is perhaps the finest bridge out there in transforming "an equilibrium of mind and body" into a way of life.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the martial arts, and all those who aren't.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical and Effective
I actually used these techniques on one occasion while in my fourth year of college.I unfortunately allowed my second roommate to allow a third roommate to live with us who was a freshman.One day he came home extremely angry, about something other than myself, I don't recall.However, I was in his room and he was very irate and directed his anger towards me.Ironically, I was reading this book at the time and the principles in this book came to mind.I don't remember what I said but I was able to diffuse the situation and my roommate calmed down.He said "Wow, I was ready to fight you man!" (very immature guy at the time) but was no longer angry and I was able to talk with him about whatever the issue was.This encounter solidified for me that these concepts work.They are very simple and easy to apply.Applying geometric shapes to conflict is very much appropriate.Simplest is best.

I am organizing my books at the moment and thus decided to write a review for this book as I plan to re-read it.I had an encounter in a parking lot with a reckless driver and I didn't handle the situation well.If I used a simple parley method I think it would have worked out better.Our instincts are to attack people immediately when harmed.However, the wisest choice, and in the words of Stephen Covey "Seek first to understand, then to be understood" (5th habit).

The headlines in today's news make the practice of the art of aikido--especially the psychological type of aikido--an idea whose time has finally come.And it's so great to see that this book is still around and available through Amazon.

I read it, re-read it and initially used the first edition 15 years ago until the cover was torn and the pages were dog-eared and smudged.It was an invaluable personal resource:one of those splendid gems that "fell off the shelf" and into my hands just when I needed it.At the time I was having an awful time dealing with criticism and sarcasm from family members.This book taught me not only how to handle the slings and arrows of such "family fortunes," but to work on myself first (where all good things come from).A re-reading of this seminal work has given me the opportunity to put even more muscle and flesh on the bare bones of my initial encounter.

Terry Dobson himself was a student of aikido.His attitude, his patience, and common-sense way of talking to the reader using helpful examples are grounded in his own pioneering martial arts experience.Terry Dobson actually studied the martial art with its originator, Morihei Ueshiba.The book's added diagrams give simple and concrete ways to visualize the dynamics of aikido's human energy, its usefulness in conflict, and its core of acceptance and nonviolent action (And that's "nonviolent," NOT "passive").

If you become a sponge like I did you will soak it all up.If you use this book as an instruction manual and consult and review it frequently, you will enhance your self-confidence and give you a valuable toolbox for nimble interactions and conflict resolution--with sensitivity and integrity.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of Aiki
On the mat, we learn the techniques of Aikido - the ways to move, the joint locks, the pins - but this book is about the spirit of Aiki.Knowing how to blend with your attacker when they come at you, thrusting the jagged edge of a broken beer bottle is good to know.Knowing how to blend with someone BEFORE they break the beer bottle and come after your throat is better to know.

This book is true to the goal of all Aikidoka; no matter what is coming at you, no matter how fierce the attack, no matter how many attackers, stay centered.Remaining centered gives you your best attempt at blending with the coming attack.

Having just finished reading the book, I cannot attest to how well the techniques work.I can attest, however, to how much easier it is to handle conflicts since I began practicing Aikido and began actively and purposefully looking for ways to be more centered during arguments.This book gives tips on the techniques I lacked or stumbled upon by accident.Still, like my Aikido, this will take practice, but the fun is in following the path!

4-0 out of 5 stars Many will not understand this book...
Authored by Terry Dobson, one of the earliest Occidentals to study Aikido in Japan under the Founder, and a self-described "oddball", this book is somewhat cryptic in its approach, and one might possibly have to understand a lot more about the author to really get their head around this one.One man's trash, another man's treasure... ... Read more

6. Ki in Aikido: A Sampler of Ki Exercises - 2nd Edition
by C. M. Shifflett
Perfect Paperback: 288 Pages (2009-01-01)
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Asin: 0977870219
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Ki, the "Force" behind the Japanese martial art of Aikido, has much in common with Chinese ch'i, the Sanscrit prana, and the Greek pneuma, but all remain strange concepts to many Westerners.

Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, founded by Koichi Tohei in 1974, emphasizes coordination of mind and body to produce inner strength and stability. It differs from other styles of Aikido in the formalized study of ki, relaxation and body mechanics.

Ki testing provides an unusual opportunity to actually test, measure, and evaluate many traditional concepts of mind and body which must otherwise be dismissed as "flaky New Age weirdness" or accepted on faith, despite secret doubts and fears.

Here are step-by-step instructions and illustrations of ki exercises and test techniques. This new edition expands the original First Edition chapters on breathing and meditation with additional information on modern biofeedback and the science of breath. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Exercises not always well explained.
I am a beginning aikidoka and have always been logical and science minded.However we can debate all day about whether ki is real, when i am in aikido class I feel something that worse when staying loose, relaxed, centered and aware/projecting my body, and I bought this book to hopefully help me develop that ki.It was a DISSAPOINTMENT.Most exercises require a partner (I was hoping to have something I could do on my own other than ukemi.)The included exercises are also poorly explained and often confusing.Just my opinions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tons of info & great reading
This book was a most enjoyable experience from beginning to end.The layout was crisp, clear and inviting, with tons of pictures!As a movement educator and dancer, I discovered a plentitude of useful analogies, and explainations of movement principles.I can't wait to try the chi exercises for myself, with my students and partners, and to use language and stories from this Aikido perspective, to diversify learning, teaching and movement experiences.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why and How the Exercises Work, and a lot more besides!
The author, C. M. Shifflett, is able to explain Aikido exercises in a way that makes them easier to grasp, less mysterious and therefore less intimidating. I personally have a tendancy to make anything more work than it needs to be. If you find that you have the same sort of obsessive quirk, this book makes the "work" in Aikido exercises much more like a game, an experiment, a puzzle for body and mind.

Anyone familiar with any kind of martial arts knows that attitude and
intent affect the outcome of your practice. The author expands previous discussions of proper form and skill in Aikido exercises, with emphasis on personal attitude, perception and responsibility.What I believe, where my thoughts take me, and more importantly, what my intentions are - often determine my level of success.Okay, so we know this, right?Yet so often in this book, I found myself thinking, "Aha! So THAT's how that works."The author's style is refreshing, always inviting the reader to take an extra step in perceiving the meaning behind the choices we make, on and off the mat.

Included is a thorough treatise on Breathing and Meditation. This has
proven an excellent resource that I use in my own practice of meditation.
I am frequently asked for recommendations from friends and students
looking for guidance on meditation.In every instance, this, a book
about Aikido, is the first book I recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars A practical, user-friendly book
Many books have been written about the mysteries of aikido. This book unravels them into reality in the most digestible, practical, and readable form I have yet seen. As a somewhat experienced aikidoka, I refer to my copy when asked to teach, or explain a concept to a beginner. Very solid, engaging, grounded and even just a darn good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding guide to Ki development
The concepts of "Ki" as taught in Ki Society Aikido schools is not easy for westerners to comprehend.I first started practicing it in 1990. Since then, outside of the writings of the founder, Koichi Tohei Sensei, I have not found a readily available and readable book that expliains Ki to westerners. Then came "Ki in Aikido: A Sampler of Ki Exercises" by C. M. Shifflett.In this easily manageable (size wise) book, Ms Shifflett gives a breif discription of Aikido and Ki then gets into the "meat of the matter".She explains Ki very clearly and gives lots of examples of how to incorporate it into your Aikido and your life.The art work is excellent and very aptly displays what is discribed.For my money, there is no better book for anyone: from the seasoned high ranking instructor to the novice to the curious onlooker.Anyone can get something from this book. ... Read more

7. Way of Aikido, The:Life Lessons from an American Sensei
by George Leonard
Paperback: 224 Pages (2000-06-01)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$3.60
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A fifth-degree black belt in the revolutionary martial art of aikido and co-owner of an aikido school in Mill Valley, California, George Leonard is, "the granddaddy of the consciousness movement" (Newsweek). Leonard is president of the Esalen Institute and founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET), a practice inspired by aikido that offers alternative ways of coping with everyday issues. In this book he 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:

cope with sudden, often brutal, setbacks in our lives--and turn them into gifts for growth
develop ki, or positive energy, to enhance vitality
use the aikido principle of "blending" to deal with verbal and psychological attacks

With an already large following, George Leonard now brings the valuable wisdom of aikido to a wider audience.

"The Way of Aikido is a classic statement of aikido's philosophy and its translation to everyday activities . . . Deeply felt, beautifully written." --Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom and The Future of the Body ... Read more

Customer Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book in good condition :)
This is a really good book and really liked the condition it was in!! Almost like a new book!! Good job. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Aikido book I've read
This book is mental. It doesn't necessarily teach you any moves. After reading this book, I flipped back to the beginning and started over. after losing the book I immediately ordered another one

5-0 out of 5 stars Way of Aikido
I found this book to be very informative.Geo. Leonard has found a way of utilizing the principles of an elite martial art for every day life.
Any one interested in improving themselves could definitely benefit from this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Helps to awaken senses, but leaves you desiring more...
A friend found this at a second hand bookstore during the holidays and gave it to me for Christmas.I've been practicing Aikido for only six months and have begun to discover that I'm fascinated by both the martial and spirirtual aspects of the discipline.Thus, my friend's reasoning for this gift.

Mr. Leonard does a fine job of presenting some concepts which may awaken a desire to learn more about the philosophy and spirit of Aikido.Unfortunately each phrase or statement which moves in that direction is a bit of sales pitch to participate in his seminars or join his organizations.

Not being a California resident and lacking a total interest in sales pitches related to Aikido, I've spent some time doing research of my own and speaking more closely with my Senseis about Aikido's philosphy.

Buy this book if you want some inspiration to discover your own path.Otherwise, it's more suited to be the required reading for one of his seminars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great lessons from life and aikido
At a recent aikido seminar, I asked some friends why they practiced aikido.All three of them had slightly different answers, but all mentioned that it made them a better person.I remember thinking they seemed to be on to something, but I couldn't authentically give the same response at the time.

I took up aikido six years ago in Asia because it was a martial art that fit my non-violent sensibilities.I continue to practice it because, like George Leonard, aikido represents a path to mastery that defies quick fixes.It's a modern day spiritual discipline that is challenging, fun and it trains my character.This book captures the essence of that discovery in George Leonard's own words and expresses it in language that most anyone can grasp.You won't find here a treatise on how to do aikido techniques (you learn that through practice on the mat), but you will find practical wisdom for everyday living.

George Leonard is a trained and seasoned writer, which brings ease and enjoyment to the reading of this book.He is also trained and seasoned in aikido, and his reverence for life and cultivation of the human spirit come through clearly in his stories.I recommend it to those interested in aikido, but also to the broader audience of those interested in a spiritual approach to life. ... Read more

8. Aikido Weapons Techniques
by Phong Thong Dang, Lynn Seiser
Paperback: 128 Pages (2006-01-15)
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Though aikido is known as a nonviolent, noncompetitive martial art, the use of weapons in aikido was introduced by the art's founder O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba.

The wooden weapons of aikido are most often used as training tools to better illustrate aikido principles and movements and to train in self-defense against weapons. This book features the three main weapons used in aikido: the boken or ken (wooden sword), jo (wooden short staff), and tanto (wooden knife). A complete discussion on each weapon is included with descriptions of the stances, grips, techniques, defenses, forms, and training appropriate for each weapon.
The aikido concepts, training and techniques represented are those influenced by the weapons practice of O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, as well as the styles of Saito Sensei's Iwama-ryu. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must have training and reference manual for Aikido or Martial Arts...
I have just started Aikido classes and this book could not have come at a better time. It is a reminder of the actual training I have had in class. It also gives me more information on the few jo, tanto and bokken techniques that I have received in class. Some of these techniques and katas I have seen in an Aikido seminar so I know it is real. Everything is there, grips, etiquette, stances, ki from the Aikido point of view.There are also some knife techniques using the wooden knife known as the tanto.This is an excellent book for the beginner or intermediate student.The author has two other books on Aikido, Aikido Basics and Advanced Aikido. Phong Thong Dang is an Aikido 6th degree black belt with extraordinary experience, skill and knowledge. In addition he is also a 6th degree in Tae Kwon Do, a 5th degree in Judo and an 8th degree in Shaolin Kung Fu.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aikido Weapons
"Aikido Weapons Techniques:The Wooden Sword, Stick, and Knife of Aikido" is for beginners.It starts from the most rudimentary steps for people who have never used weapons before.The pictures are excellent.One of the most important things in learning is to start with good habits from the beginning; never let bad habits develop.This book teaches all the right habits.Since I am a novice, this book was/is perfect for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not many books devoted entirely to this subject.
An excellent primer in the background and use of typical aiki weapons.It is balanced and well illustrated.This author team is excellent, and well-qualified.Their other titles are also excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars For any library strong in martial arts titles.
Aikido techniques which use wooden weapons isn't just for weapons users - it provides practice moves which can translate to all forms of basic and advanced aikido tactics. AIKIDO WEAPONS TECHNIQUES therefore is recommended not just for weapons users, but for any aikido student moving beyond the basics - and for any library strong in martial arts titles.

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9. Aikido: Basic and Intermediate Studies
by John Litchen
Paperback: 282 Pages (2005-08-16)
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Asin: 1412063051
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A comprehensive, fully illustrated textbook covering: disturbing balance, connection and harmony, timing and leading, making use of gravity, basic pins and other concepts that can lead to effective Aikido. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, covers quite a bit.
I ordered this book right before my 5th kyu test and found it a rather helpful resource when reviewing the techniques.I did have a couple of problems with the book:

1. Many of the illustrations, although generally good, skip some of the important steps of the technique.For example, the illustration for some of the rolls skip the crucial point where the aikidoka is actually rolling on his back. It basically skips from him sitting down to being 3/4 done with the roll. The missing illustration is precisely the part I have the most trouble with.

2. In the section that shows how to break the grip of an attacker form Gyaku Hanmi Katatetori, the author shows Gedan and Chudan techniques backward (according to my dojo anyway).This could just be that some techniques are called different things in different dojos though.

Overall the book is well organized.A major plus is that it uses consistent names for techniques and usually puts the technique name in bold so it's easy to spot on the page.Other books sometimes spell techniques more than one way throughout the book, making it confusing at times.

I think aikido (and therefore aikido books) suffer from this problem of inconsistent names for techniques, even within a particular school affiliation. Sometimes you see "katate-tori", other times it's capitalized and two separate words, like "Katate Tori".And other times it's just one word, "katatetori".And still other times it's "dori" instead of "tori".Some official, consistent naming would make learning the techniques easier, and would probably be welcomed by authors who write these books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading
I joined my two teenage sons couple of months ago in Aikido and find it fasinating. Being a beginner to the art, the book has provided a good insight into the technique. We read it again and again and you will certainly find this a useful guide for beginner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful as a Refresher Text
This is a fantastic book to supplement your class learning.Author John Lichen has taken care to minimize the wear of hakamas in the illustrations and this really makes it easier to study the positioning and movement of the feet in the techniques described.This book is one of the better technique manuals out there and would be of interest to more than the Aikido student.If you study classical jiu-jitsu or hapkido/kuk sool/hwa-rang-do, you'll find value as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very nice approach...
This book is designed as a textbook for PhysEd students.It is laid out in a very logical fashion, and discusses core principles and basic techniques in considerable detail.A brief history on the development of Aikido is also included.The book is profusely illustrated with line drawings. ... Read more

10. Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques
by Gozo Shioda, Yasuhisa Shioda
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2006-10-13)
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Asin: 4770030193
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Aikido was developed by the legendary Morihei Usehiba, the culmination of many years of dedicated training in the classical fighting arts. In its relatively short history, Aikido has become one of the most revered martial arts in the world, drawing a wide range of devotees of all ages. Much of its appeal is that it is unique in preserving the martial traditions of Japan in the context of contemporary society. In Aikido: the Complete Basic Techniques renowned Budo master Gozo Shioda, who devoted himself to the study of Aikido under Ueshiba and founded the Yoshinkan Aikido, details all of Aikido's most important basic techniques, providing the reader with a rich and engaging insight into this modern and universally respected martial art.

This book primarily deals with the basic throws that form the early stages of Aikido practice. Each technique is presented in concise, comprehensive, and lucid explanations accompanied by detailed photographs that will serve as an essential study aid for the beginning student and also act as a valuable source of reference material for the more advanced practitioner. Shioda demonstrates how the Basic Exercises that comprise the core of Aikido teaching will assist the practitioner in focusing his or her strength, and how that strength can be harnessed for wider applications. Also central to the Aikido philosophy is the importance of synchronizing the spirit and achieving harmony with one's opponent, and Shioda explains how this can be done through a selfless devotion to the techniques. In so doing, one can foster a spirit of self-improvement, and unter an unrestrained state of mind in which one's powers of concentration will be at their strongest.

This book includes a wealth of rare photographs of the author demonstrating the techniques, as well as a new section on Practical Application. As discussed in a foreword by the author's son, Yasuhisa Shioda, this book should serve as a testament to the universality of Aikido, a martial art which, partly due to its emphasis of defense over attack, can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent companion to training
This book presents the fundamental techniques of Yoshinkai aikido, clearly describing how the moves are to be performed. My only concern is that buki-waza are not also presented. Otherwise I have found this book to be quite helpful, and more extensive than Dynamic Aikido.

5-0 out of 5 stars best book on Aikido next to Total Aikido
This is one of the best bookson Yoshinkan Aikido. Really you only need two books, Total Aikido and Aikido: the complete basic techniques

5-0 out of 5 stars Both specialty martial arts and general-interest libraries will find it a fine basic reference.
Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques comes from a master and teacher and the top student of modern Akikido's founder, so it's backed with much experience and authority as it explains all the most important basic techniques of the martial arts and surveys their underlying teaching. The Basic Throws which are key to early Aikido practice are based on a revised edition of an earlier Japanese-only textbook: this updated version appears in English for the first time and pairs small step-by-step back and white photos with clear instruction. Both specialty martial arts and general-interest libraries will find it a fine basic reference.

Diane C. Donovan
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Material for Aikido Students/Instructors
If you have to buy one book on Yoshinkan Aikido, I would recommend Total Aikido by Gozo Shioda (same author).Total Aikido goes into much greater detail on basic stance, basic movements, breakfalls, history, self defense application, and principals of Yoshinkan Aikido. However, this book is a great compliment to Total Aikido, primarily focusing on application of more than 100 basic techniques, mostly demonstrated in the photos by the founder, Gozo Shioda, himself.This is a great reference source for any Yoshinkan practitioner.The book also briefly covers kamae, kihon dosa (alone and with a partner), ukemi, shikko-ho, and a few other basic principles.This book cannot replace the experience from training under a qualified instructor, but is a valuable tool for the student who wants to refresh and review what he/she has learned.Aikido, The Complete Basic Techniques is also a great tool for instructors who wish to review details of the techniques performed by the founder, and resolve any debates on application of basic techniques. ... Read more

11. Best Aikido: The Fundamentals (Illustrated Japanese Classics)
by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Moriteru Ueshiba
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2002-07-26)
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At last, the complete and authoritative introduction toall the fundamentals of Aikido, coauthored by the two directsuccessors to the Founder of the martial art, MoriheiUeshiba. Coauthors Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba, son andgrandson of the Founder, seek to carry on his legacy and to share withthe millions of men and women around the world practicing Aikido todaythe most important techniques and principles of the art.

This book is the quintessential training aid for all Aikidopractitioners -- whether beginning or advanced -- who wish to furthertheir understanding of the forms and spirit of Aikido.

Underlying the forms, or physical techniques, are the spiritualprinciples of Aikido, which are based on the notion of ki, or "lifeforce." Ki is the fundamental element to understanding Aikido. But asthe authors explain, it cannot be learned merely by watching ademonstration or reading a book. Rather, one must come to experienceit through practice, in unifying body and mind.

Best Aikido helps guide the practitioner to this goal. It offersstep-by-step instruction that will complement knowledge learned in thedojo. The text is illustrated with a wealth of never-before-seenphotographs that feature Aikido master Moriteru Ueshiba demonstratingthe fundamental techniques of the art.

Best Aikido is authorized by the Aikikai Foundation, the centralorganization set up by Morihei Ueshiba. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars best so far
I'm a beginner (aren't we all) and have about 5 aikido books in the library so far.I am currently preparing for a kyu test and this book is the most helpful.Period.Not as good as time in the dojo, but very good.

The pictures are clear and they confirm the stuff we all should already know.More importantly for me is that this book has the most understandable presentation of the names and words for the various stances, holds, throws, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Aikido
Best Aikido is a book for mid-level students.The pictures are excellent, the descriptions are brief, to the point, and on a level for students who have already mastered the basics.Very easy to understand.I know of no other single book that shows so many different mid-level techniques.This is part one.the Part 2 Book is the master's Course.Together, they are probably the most comprehensive, exhaustive, current, authoritative references for Aikido.

4-0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
Aikido is Budo, as the authors speak of many times in the beginning.But they do not discuss this any further than that in this book.But there is another book by these authors that discusses that.This strikes me as being a little too Capitalistic.What this book does do fairly well is discuss and show the basic moves and steps in Aikido.And since it was written by the Founder's son and grandson, I respect and trust their words very much.

Now for the unfortunate aspect of Aikido, it requires 2 people to learn it.For many, this is fine.This requirement is because the martial aspect of Aikido is purely defensive, so there are no punches or kicks to practice.The funny thing is, that is what I wanted.I should have thought this out on my own and realized that you need someone to attack you before you can defend yourself, in practice or in reality.So I cannot knock the authors for this failure, it is all mine.Just take it as a warning before exploring this art on your own.

In short, this book should be trusted and respected, but it is incomplete for the entire Aikido experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners.
This is a well formatted and profusely illustrated volume.All info is basic, but the presentation is very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
I have read several aikido books that demonstrate visually, proper aikido techniques.This is the first book I have read that was easy to follow, easy to understand and easy to remember.Although it was easy in all these areas, it wasn't at all lacking.The information in this book is "must have" for any beginning aikido practitioner. ... Read more

12. The Secret Teachings of Aikido
by Morihei Ueshiba, Moriteru Ueshiba
Hardcover: 152 Pages (2008-04-01)
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Aikido evolved from the rich martial traditions of Japan, and was developed by Morihei Ueshiba based on their profound philosophies.In this book, the author explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of that spirit.In unique and incisive language, Ueshiba discusses the arcane aspects of Aikido's aims and techniques, as well as the central importance of breathing, ki (chi), and Aikido's relationship to the spirit and body - these form the very essence of Aikido.

He goes on to consider the virtues of this revered martial art, urging the reader to link to the universe through Aikido, and ultimately to unify the divine and human.He also explains the essence of Takemusu aiki (valorous force of procreation and harmony), and Misogi (the ritual of purifying oneself).

The book includes many rare photos of the author - on both his techniques and his everyday life.Also included are his twenty-five doka (spiritual Japanese-style poems) in Japanese, English, and Romanization.The introduction was written by his grandson, Moriteru Ueshiba, the present Aikido Doshu. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Grab a highlighter
This book was a challenge.But in a good way. The spiritual aspect is what I was looking for, but often found myself scratching my head.You really have to open your mind and soak it all in, to understand what he means.But you can see clearly that this man was indeed a giant.A passionate man with love for everything and a truly humble servant to all.We could learn alot from O-Sensei.It was an excellent read.Couldnt put it down.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for those interested in aikido
This is an extraordinary book that was recommended to me by a longtime teacher of Aikido; it's highly respected by other teachers I know who have made Aikido their life's focus for many, many years. The preface, by Moriteru Ueshiba, the son of Morihei Ueshiba, explains that this is a translation of lectures that present the inner teachings of Aikido, describing the core of the Founder's spirit and interpretation of the techniques. He says he would be very happy if those who engage in heartfelt Aikido training make this book of the Founder's lessons their daily companion and study his words often. Again - this is a translation, not an interpretation, of profound thinking. John Stevens, the translator, is a Buddhist priest, teacher of Eastern philosophy, and a high ranking Aikido teacher in Japan. He says in the book, "All serious students of Aikido must study Morihei's words and make their own interpretation of his marvelous philosophy of the Art of Peace." He added only minimal explanations in brackets, so it's quite clear that those few touches are his own - for example, the kind of thing he adds in brackets is illustrated here: "Unification of mind and body will lead to the development of fundamental techniques. Techniques that are created by the nen [single-minded concentration, direct perception of the truth] are unlimited in scope. Techniques must reflect universal principles. For this we need true nen." I would really encourage you to use the Amazon feature that lets you "look inside" and see for yourself what it's like - It's a beautiful book worth keeping out and referring to often.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great pictures but that's about it.
I think the first thing that should be noted is this book came out twenty years after the founder died. Aikido has become an industry.Everybody and their brother is writing books about Aiki.And this work is no different.The overwhelming majority of the so called quotes of the founder are things that are poorly understood so the actual author interjected what he thought was meant.One item that comes to mind in the book it is stated that "Matter descends and sprit ascends."This is western thought of the middle ages.This is the "body is bad sprit is good" ideals that led to self-flagellation.I can see the founder saying the body sinks as the ki flows upward.This is a technique not a philosophical explanation. I suspect that the person that actually wrote this work ( translating is one thing but changing what is said is another) didn't understand what the founder was talking about so they filled in the blanks with their own biases. But this book does have some great pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Philosophical and Spiritual Vision of the Art
The founder Osensei Ueshiba explains in great detail all the profound spiritual and philosophical aspects of the art. All the information in the book is from lectures that master Ueshiba did back in the past when Aikido was born. Great book for understanding the essence of this marvelous path that is Aikido. A must have for the serious practitioner. ... Read more

13. The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
by Morihei Ueshiba
Paperback: 200 Pages (1999-03-15)
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For the first time in English, The Essence of Aikido presents the profound philosophy of Aikido in Morihei's own words, disclosing many of the arcane secrets of Aikido's aims and methods. Considered by many to be the greatest martial artist and spiritual teacher of the twentieth century, Morihei provides a wealth of clues to the often puzzling nature of the inseparable link between the physical and spiritual aspects of Aikido, revealing the heart of the peaceful warrior's art.

Elegantly translated and compiled by John Stevens, translator of Morihei's Budo, the first half of The Essence of Aikido presents the most comprehensive collection of the writings of Morihei Ueshiba ever published. Key concepts in Aikido philosophy, such as kototama (language of the spirit) and misogi (purification of body and mind) are discussed at length, profusely illustrated with Morihei's mystical diagrams, spiritual poems, and fascinating calligraphy.

For Morihei, techniques were the means to express the spiritual principles of Aikido, and in the second half of The Essence of Aikido, John Stevens focuses on Morihei's techniques. Over two hundred hitherto unpublished photos of Morihei in action from his earliest days as a teacher of the martial arts to his last years as a master of Aikido complete this detailed survey of the true nature of Aikido.

A major contribution to a field that until recently has remained elusive to Western readers, The Essence of Aikido is an inspiring study of the spiritual and physical elements in Aikido, providing an important resource for martial arts practitioners and philosophy students alike. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Only for people who are obsessed with Aikido
I train Jujitsu and Aikido on daily basis and there was absolutely nothing in this book in my opinion that would make me a better warrior or martial artist. Stop writting books just to sell them. Write them so that people can really learn something and than incorporate that in to their life. I found THE ART OF PEACE an inspiring reading but these was just gibberish and the pictures in the back do not provide you with any interesting details. In my opinion complete waste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect step on the way to learn what Aikido really is about
One of my Senseis reminds us from time to time: "Noone will realize his inner self practicing locks and trows".
Well, this book gives a beautiful introduction to the spiritual practice of Aikido.

The first part explains Kototama, the sacred sounds of creation.
In another part we learn about Misogi, the inside and outside purification to clear the senses & the mind to give us access to the reality of things.
Then Stevens presents caligraphic works and poetic instruccions of O-Sensei, always with (printed) japanese Kanji, traduccion and explanation.

Especially this part has qualities I found only with the great translation (and interpretation!) work done by Richard Wilhelm on the I-Ching and Tao Te King.

Obviously there are 2 things to keep in mind when buying this book:

1st, about half the pictures in the book are already in the book "Budo" by Morihei Oeshiba (here compared with later pictures of the same tecniques)
2nd it is in the end, though containing profound teachings, just an introduction, one may want to have all other books by Stevens like "Training with master" and even better the direct transcriptions of O-Senseis teachings "Takemusu Aiki" (only Japanese and French) and whatever other source to study the deep spiritual way of the Aiki-O-Kami.

4-0 out of 5 stars Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
If you are looking for a book on technique this isn't it, but a good overview of Ueshiba's philosophy of life.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a classic
This book is a must have.The material on the lesser known spiritual origins of Aikido is something that few books discuss, on a subject that few aikidoka fully understand.If you don't have this book, you don't have an Aikido library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ueshiba Essence and his spiritual writings!
For those martial artists who admire Morihei Ueshiba and fans of the editor/writer John Stevens. I appreciated the interesting portfolio of ancient aikido art, photos of the founder of AIKIDO and his "dynamic quality," DOKA.I very much enjoyed Ueshiba's japanese poetry and the valuable interpretations of his exoticpoems. One may imagine learning some new insights into the fascinating art of aikido and spiritual poems of Ueshiba. World Class Aikido book! Mostly about the ESSENCE without the

aikido instruction type of book! ... Read more

14. Principles of Aikido
by Mitsugi Saotome
 Paperback: 223 Pages (1989-07-22)
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An illustrated explanation of the philosophy and practice of the popular martial art, which emphasizes harmony and peaceful resolution of conflict (what the world needs more than ever!). Over 1,000 photos illustrate the basic principles and techniques. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent presentation of the way of peace.
This one has enjoyed reading the studying all of Saotome Sensei's published works and has found them very helpful in growing in ones understanding of the philosophy and practice of the art of aikido.

This one has and does recommend the same for all aikidoka and those interested in furthering their knowledge of ikido.

Be well.

4-0 out of 5 stars A look past most of the everyday Aikido info...
This book is rapidly becoming an iconic work in Aikido circles.Saotome Sensei puts much effort and reflection into his writing, and the completeness of this book bears witness to that.It's information that every Aikidoka should know.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of technics
Its a book for ppl that likes Mitsugi Saotome work. Very good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Above average
I really enjoy this book. It's very well written. Just be sure you know your Aikido terminology because you will find yourself going back to the glossary often. There are many photos, however, more photos would have been nice. Some of the important in-between movements are left to the imagination, which could cause some confusion. But, it is a BOOK after all. Maybe a video featuring the same moves would better exemplify the techniques. There is some unintended humor here too. The somewhat egotistical sensai/author who must ALWAYS be the nage (the one who uses the technique) and NEVER portrays the uke (the one who gets his butt kicked by the technique), even after he exhaustively explains how important it is to be a good uke, uses his daughter (as uke) in several of the photo examples. It seems ridiculous that he would be so macho as to toss his daughter around like that. You'd think he would have been able to swallow his huge pride and let his daughter look good. Despite it's glaring weaknesses, I really like this book and would not part with it. It has a permanent place in my martial arts reference library. If you buy it, I don't think you will be disappointed. It is overpriced though, as are all aikido books. But that's the way it is when something is popular.

5-0 out of 5 stars Belongs on any Aikido Bookshelf
As the title states, this book is about the "Principles of Aikido".Saotome Sensei concisely yet clearly explains his personal view on the philosophy of Aikido and his insights into its spiritualnature.His account is insightful and yet very down to earth.

SaotomeSensei takes his time to introduce the reader to the correct mentality ofexecuting technique before introducing the techniques themselves.He hascleverly grouped the various armed and unarmed techniques by the principlesthey demonstrate, thus showing the reader the common thread between avariety of techniques and situations.

This book will probably not behelpful to the beginning Aikido student, although the introductory sectionsgive an excellent account ofwhat Aikido is and what its philosophy andaims are."The Principles of Aikido" is a must-read for Aikidopractitioners who have two or more years experience behind them and is averitable treasure-trove of insights.I have re-read it many times andeach reading has, and continues to, cast a new and refreshing light on mytraining. ... Read more

15. A Life in Aikido: The Biography of Founder Morihei Ueshiba
by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Moriteru Ueshiba
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2008-11-01)
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Asin: 477002617X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The history of Japan's martial traditions is replete with many outstanding individuals, but few have attained the legendary status of Morihei Ueshiba. Throughout his extraordinary life, Ueshiba mastered an array of martial arts and techniques, including jujutsu and kendo, and endlessly devoted himself to the philosophies of Japan's martial schools. He also had a deep knowledge of the practice of Shinto. Refining these traditions into a wholly new system, he founded Aikido--the way of harmony. Aikido goes far beyond simple methods of attack or self-defense, seeking to dispel aggression by creating a sense of oneness, thus ultimately promoting peace. Through its unique aspect of both preserving the heritage of the classical fighting arts and applying them within the context of contemporary society, Aikido has quickly become one of the most respected martial arts in the world.
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.
Ueshiba reveals much about the character and temperament of his father, painting a picture of a man of formidable commitment and spirituality, in both his practice of Aikido and his message of peace. Indeed, his dedication to his art was so strong that through his techniques he was able to attain kami-waza; an ability that transcends the human and reaches the divine. This book will appeal to any reader with an interest in the life of Morihei Ueshiba and a desire to discover the real person behind the legend. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great life, a great man.
I have bought several copies of this book for friends... it's possibly the best story of Morihei and Aikido I've read. A lot of the books on this subject try to get mythical and mystical about Aikido and Morihei Ueshiba. This a biography about a man and to me it is far more interesting than the myth. He was a dedicated, hard working man with a soul that yearned for harmony in his war torn nation. A great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excelent voyage trhu the life of a great person and master.
This is an excelent and well written/translated biography of O Sensei. I did learn so many things about him that I did not expected, you always think of him as great Martial Artist, but he evolved before get there.

5-0 out of 5 stars the life of a master from the eyes of his son
A fair account of O Sesnei's life without too many "details"...It would work better in Japanese than it does in English however, it does offer some interesting aspects and thoughts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have really enjoyed this book. You can read about the events that formed and directed OSensei`s life. There are also some interesting photographs.
It has caused me to better understand the "Path". I train at [...] ... Read more

16. Aikido and the Harmony of Nature
by Mitsugi Saotome
Paperback: 251 Pages (1993-10-19)
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Here is a unique approach to the teachings of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, as interpreted by his direct student of fifteen years. Mitsugi Saotome examines the spiritual philosophy of the Founder, the warrior ideals of feudal Japan as the basis of his martial arts philosophy, and the scientific principles underlying the philosophy of Aikido technique.

The author shows that the physical movement of Aikido is the embodiment of principles of the spirit. Negative force is not countered with aggression but is controlled and redirected through the power and balance of spiral movement. This is the shape of Aikido and the dynamic shape at the foundation of all energies of existence. Aikido movement can only be understood from its roots in universal law and the processes of nature. The sincere practice and study of Aikido deepens our appreciation for the perfection of nature's balance and brings us back into harmony with our environment, other people, and ourselves.

Abundantly illustrated with the author's drawings, diagrams, and calligraphies, as well as photographs demonstrating Aikido techniques, the book also offers a history of Aikido, personal anecdotes about the Founder, and translations of several of his lectures. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Harmony of Nature
Simpler said then done.Now, this book is my main aikido book.Upon reading you will expand you're mind and take a total different and right look upon martial arts.The ego is discussed here, war, terms are difficult but very good described.

in short, you must have this book.It stands above it all.

5-0 out of 5 stars For balance in your reading...
This book addresses the spirit and the connection to all things natural that exists in Aikido.It is a dimension sadly lacking in many Aikido texts.Any student of Aikido should have a copy, and hang on to it...Highly Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some ppl will be disappointed
This is a book for discussion of science, nature and aikido.
The transmission of O'Sensei philosophi its the true meaning of this book.
The negative point for me is the quality of the papper, not very good quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This was one of the first books I purchased when I began my journey of study into this art. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend it. Saotome is one of the few individuals who actually studied with O-Sensei. He details several accounts of working with the founder both in and out of the dojo. He also gives a unique spiritual interpretation of many of the major techniques used in the art and references forces in nature and the universe for comparison. Well written and well founded. A must-read for any serious aikidoka.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Do you like full page drawings that look like they were done by a child and have no significance? This book has plenty of them. How about pages of photographs that are not only uninteresting but don't appear to be demonstrating anything at all? Got ya covered. How about endless boring drivel? Cover to cover. Atoms spin around, planets spin around, your technique spins around, therefore aikido is in harmony with nature, zzzzzzzz. Get 'Ki in Daily Life' instead. ... Read more

17. Dynamic Aikido (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
by Gozo Shioda
Paperback: 160 Pages (1977-10-15)
list price: US$17.00 -- used & new: US$4.99
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Asin: 0870113011
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Aikido-a martial art deriving its effectiveness, like judo and karate, from the flow of ki

-- techniques that, when thoroughly mastered, enable the gentle to overcome the strong

-- exercise and sport for men and women of all ages, based on natural movements and harmony of mind and body

Ancient theory, modern practice: Dynamic Aikido brings together the whole spectrum of theoretical and applied aikido. Through it, one can become perfectly attuned to one's opponent, can sense his intentions and turn his movements to one's own advantage. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, Dynamic Aikido presents the basic postures and stances, fundamental techniques and applications: how to cope with a frontal attack, how to avoid an attack from the rear, how to sense and thwart the pickpocket. An essential companion for every beginner, a vital reference for students of all levels. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars DYNAMIC Aikido by Shioda...
This book is a classic and although it's about Yoshikan Aikido it is excellent for teaching self-defence aspects of Aikido.I must say this book is not for everyone but it adds another deminsion to your Aikido training.This man trained with O'Sensei and Saito and it shows.I've seen film on Shioda and he is a master of what he teaches.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
I bought this book a long time ago not knowing if it was good or not. At the time I was not practicing Aikido,but I always wanted to learn something about it.I had a few years of experience in other martial arts. I think this is a good book. The pictures show fairly good the techniques. Some angle may be confusing if you are not a martial artist, but for the most part you can understand the purpose of each technique. A book will never replace a Sensei but is a good guide. I highly recommend it, because of the pictures display on each technique. The general information on Aikido history is pretty good too. Bare in mind like other have said that some schools of Aikido may do some things a little different, but in theory everything is the same. I also bought Shioda Sensei latest book that should tell you how much I liked this one.
I now practice Aikido and appreciate better having bought the book years ago. I hope this helps.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thin but thorough book
This is an excellent little book. It doesn't cover much material, but what is here is covered in great depth. One of my karate instructors used to quote a japanese proverb, "Although the door is small, go deeply inward," by which he meant that you should study a small number of techniques, but learn each one well. This book takes that approach, and really, I can't argue with it. Martial arts is not rocket science. Half a dozen solid techniques, well executed, is really all any of us need.


This book covers Yoshinkan aikido, which is a very practical style without all the spiritual mumbo-jumbo you see in a lot of other books. The author gets straight to the point and describes, in wonderful detail, ikkyo, nikkyo, sankyo, yonkyo, shihon-nage, and kote-gaish. (His spelling is weird, but the techniques are the same as the ones I learned by those names.)He also covers irimi-nage and hiji-jime, but not in quite as much detail. There is also a great section in the back on practical applications, i.e. using aikido to defend yourself.


Yoshinkan aikido insists on turning the front foot slightly outward. This is orthodox for that style and really not a "con," but it just bugs me.

The sections on ki exercises and breakfalls are too short. This is the only reason I don't give the book five stars.


You can't learn martial arts from a book. However, if you are part of a dojo, reference books can be useful. Dynamic Aikido fills this niche well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Breaking down the art
I own several Aikido instructional and philosophical books and this book, I found, is the most helpful.It breaks down the fundamentals of the art with descriptive pictures and commentary.I thoroughly recommend this book to beginners and advanced Aikidoka.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ultimate introduction to real Aikido
Dynamic Aikido by Gozo Shioda Sensei is the first book on Aikido I ever bought. To date I have not seen any book so well written and thought out as an introduction to Aikido as a martial art.

Many other books on the market concentrate on the spiritual or even meta-physcial aspects of Aikido and to be honest, should be stocked in the Theological or even fantasy / Sci-Fi sections of the book store.

This book brings it all down to the ground, and shows step by step with amazing detail and accuracy all the basic techniques of Yoshinkan Aikido.

Though no substitute for a real class, this book is the ultimate text book for the beginner Aikidoka. ... Read more

18. Aikido: The Tomiki Way
by Neil Saunders
Paperback: 283 Pages (2003-09-12)
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Asin: 1412006686
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Aikido is a Japanese art and was developed by Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido primarily includes techniques for unarmed and armed attacks. These techniques include numerous joint twisting and pinning techniques, as well as striking techniques. An advanced student of Aikido has a mastery of these techniques that enables them to disturb an opponent's balance or ward off grasps and strikes. The techniques of Aikido have the power to injure or kill, but primarily their purpose is to control one or more opponents.

A few of Ueshiba's students decided to spread their knowledge of Aikido by opening their own schools. Each of these students interpreted the Aikido that they were taught differently, which has resulted in many different 'styles'. One student of Jigoro Kano, Tomiki Sensei devised a systematic and logical curriculum that can be practiced both in kata and randori, which enables a student to make steady progress and regular improvement. the resulting style of Aikido is commonly referred to as Tomiki Aikido.

Aikido - The Tomiki Way introduces a new student to Tomiki Aikido, while also providing useful reference material to an advanced practitioner of Aikido., regardless of style. This book contains over 1100 photographs demonstrating the kata system (including all six Koryu-No-Kata) of Tomiki Aikido, as well as explaining etiquette, basic movements, and ukemi that are used in this system. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Photos in Kindle edition could be handled better
I can't fault the content, and the written descriptions of the techniques are very easy to follow. I would rate it as five stars, but I take off 2 stars in this review of the Kindle edition because of the poor handling of photos. The photos in the Kindle edition are very small and essentially unusable. To take an example, the first of the Randori-no-Kata (shomen-ate) is illustrated with 5 photos. Instead of being able to enlarge each individual photo to see the detail, the Kindle treats this group of photos as one, and because the group of five photos is already the size of the page, clicking on the enlarge button doesn't actually enlarge anything.So, in summary, buy the paper edition.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for Tomiki Aikido
Neil Saunders has created a very valuable resource for students of Tomiki Aikido. As a Shodan in Tomiki Aikido who no longer regularly practices the style (I've shifted to traditional Aikido to "expand my horizons"), this book is a great reference guide when I want to practice "the good stuff".

In addition to the basics of technique/terminology/breakfalls/history of Aikido, Sensei Saunders comprehensivelty takes the reader through each of the major katas associated with Tomiki Aikido.The photos are plentiful, and effectively outline each and every technique step-by-step in a way that has not been done before in any other Tomiki Aikido book to date. However, it is interesting to note that several of the techniques Sensei Saunders presents in these katas, although technically correct, are not the versions of these techniques associated with the Aikido that Kenji Tomiki originally taught.The techniques are not wrong, just different, modern versions. Something to keep in mind.

On a side note, although I agree with the poor production values that KHPatton has described about Sensei Higashi's book, I can assure you that not only is Sensei Higashi's ability the real deal (Yes I've been on the receiving end of them), the techniques descibed in his book are actually closer to the original style that Kenji Tomiki taught.Modern Tomiki/Shodokan Aikido has actually left behind some of its Judo roots and embraced some of the more flowing styles of traditional Aikido. Sensei Higashi's book is a reminder of where Tomiki Aikido originated, and that there is often little need to change.

I disagree, however, with KHPatton's assessment of Sensei Narayama's Aikido: Tradition and New Tomiki Free Fighting Method book.Although the photos in Neil Saunders' book are far superior, Sensei Narayama (the current global head of Tomiki/Aikido) has a very clear precise and POWERFUL technique, and his book is written in a very direct, honest prose. The photos of Sensei Narayama in this book demonstrate how Tomiki/Shodokan Aikido allows you to put a lot of direct power into the techniques when they are correctly applied.Although they are not pretty, they are very effective. And yes, I've been on the receiving end of his techniques as well at seminars.

A third book I would recommend would be Dr Lee Ah Loi's Tomiki Aikido (Randori and Koryu no Kata).The photos in this book are not very good, missing a lot in the transitions between techniques.However, Dr Loi outlines the techniques for all of the Koryu no Katas, and presents a traditional, but softer, style of Tomiki Aikido, and proves that women can effectively execute this style of Aikido as well as larger, muscular men like Higashi and Narayama.

In short, I highly recommend Neil Saunders book.It should be considered an essential reference for the modern Tomiki Aikido student.However, it is important to remember that it mostly presents the style of modern Tomiki Aikido that has been influenced somewhat by Ueshiba's traditional style. Saunders even wears a Hakama throughout the book - a big no-no among most Tomiki Aikido practitioners.This book should therefore be supplemented with the other books mentioned above, as they represent both original form and modern variations of this very, very underrated style of Aikido.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aikido: The Tomiki Way
Best book I've seen on Tomiki Aikido.Buy this book and you won't need the rest.

1-0 out of 5 stars Tomiki Aikido Response to KHPatton
Please note my review of 1 star reflects my opinion of KHPatton's review and not of the book itself which I do not yet own.

KHPatton's review of Tomiki Aikdio Free Fighting Method and Koryu Aikido by Nobuyoshi Higashi is totally false. Sensei Higashi's technique's are clear and precise.KHPatton's assertion that Higashi Sensei wrote the book for a "quick buck" is shameless and dishonorable since Higashi Sensei has totally dedicated his life to the propogation of the martial arts in the US.Frankly, I have yet to meet an author of a martial arts book that has been able to retire on his/her earnings.If Mr. KHPatton could offer write a better book on Tomiki Aikido than I invite him to do so. If not, kindly keep your ignorant remarks to yourself and respect the sensei's that have worked deligently to impart their knowledge on all students including ungrateful ones such as yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
This was the book I'd been looking for. I bought this book prior to testing for ikkyu. It was invaluable. Clear, concise, and easy to understand. A few of the techniques vary ever so slightly at my dojo in the details, but the overall techniques were the same. Now that I'm studying the Dai-san in preparation for the Shodan test, this book is my constant companion. I highly recommend this book to anyone, at any level, interested in Tomiki Aikido. A very deep bow to Neil Saunders in gratitude for an outstanding work. ... Read more

19. The Spirit of Aikido
by Kisshomaru Ueshiba
Paperback: 128 Pages (1988-03-15)
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Asin: 0870118501
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Aiki is the power of harmony, of all beings, all things working together.

Aikido-a modern Japanese martial art unique in its synthesis of classic forms with a well-defined spiritual base-offers a key to the art of living naturally and unselfishly in a complicated world. This book explains it in reference to the founder's philosophy of mind-and action. In addition, the history of aikido's prewar development as a non-competitive new martial art is described, with a consideration of its international role. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent basic guide for anyone interested in Aikido from the son of the founder.
This is not a book on how to perform Aikido techniques but rather an introduction to the philosophical foundation of this martial art.The author is the son of the founder Morihei Ueshiba, and is the direct heir to this system.This book was initially published in Japan for Aikido students, but fortunately, it was published in English so that all Aikido students can benefit from reading this book.This book covers the deeper philosophical and mystical aspects of Aikido. This book is for anyone interested in Aikido.Rating: 4 Stars.Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Season of the Warrior: a poetic tribute to warriors, Martial Art Myths, Tanto-Jutsu, Wakizashi-Jutsu, PR-24 Police Baton Advanced Techniques, Yawara Stick Techniques).

4-0 out of 5 stars A very good overview of the art, the history, the way and the man
The Spirit of Aikido is the primer for anyone wanting to understand or consider this art.Aikdio is the power of harmony; of all beings; all things working together.Martial arts is like religion; there are debates and arguments, philosophical differences and utter blaspheme. This thoughtful art form certainly invites discussion and study.

Aikdo has at it core, the concept of doing no harm to your opponent.Personnaly, I think this concept seems to fall short when you consider what you might do if confronted with a gang of attackers intent on clubbing, stabbing or kicking you to death.

It's fine to throw one attacker and then another and cause them no permanent harm, but after about the fifth attacker, when the first guy gets back up to come at you again I have to think that it might be good to have a few techniques in your back pocket that might cause some lasting damage so that he won't be coming back for seconds.

The techniques depicted in the many photo sequences are valuable and insightful.I have great respect for this art and many of these techniques should be part of a well-rounded martial artist's arsenal, but you might still want some more lethal things in your bag of tricks.

Still a valuable book and a good read.

Kevin Brett
CEO, Kevin Brett Studios, Inc.
Author: The Way of the Martial Artist: Achieving Success in Martial Arts and in Life!

The Way of the Martial Artist: Achieving Success in Martial Arts and in Life!

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, informative, maybe even instructional
This book describes the spiritual basis and spiritual history of Aikido.It is not a book about physical technique and it does not really discuss the physical or mechanical reasoning behind Aikido techniques.It is a thin book and a quick read.That's a good thing because it will probably be re-read every year or two.

There is some discussion of the development of the art and it's different phases while under development.The discussion concentrates on the Founder's quest and teachings but not so much on what martial arts he studied and when he studied them.

It does discuss spiritual concepts and it relates certain techniques and entries to those concepts.Most notably, Kisshomaru Ueshiba discusses aspects of harmonizing mind and body with each other and the universe such that ki flows.From that center he discusses the popularity of Aikido and why it appeals to such a wide range of practitioners.This is contrasted to other more competitive arts in which the strongest rise to the top whereas in Aikido the most ... joyful? ... stand out.

What I found enlightening is that the words in the book gave meaning to some of the things that more advanced practitioners have said to me.Things about breath and reaction times and blending and relaxing.Things that bear directly on applying the techniques as well as understanding the spirit or ki underlying all the techniques.

Most of all, while reading this book I came to realize that I don't spend enough time in the dojo.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interpretations from the closest one
An excellent book from the founders son descriping the essence in Aikido. Great examples from his experience growing up being around the key persons in Aikido.

4-0 out of 5 stars A history of Aikido
A detailed, but brief, history of Aikido told by the son of the art's founder. ... Read more

20. Enter into Aikido
by David Nemeroff
Kindle Edition: 376 Pages (2009-07-14)
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Asin: B002R5B0IC
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'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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book written by a great human being.
This book is the best source of information for Aikido newcomers.

Juan Tejera
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5-0 out of 5 stars best martial arts book i've read in a long time
Concise thoughts, diverse topics, with his real world experience combine for a easy read and enjoyable experience. A must read for new and potential martial artists. You will not regret this purchase

5-0 out of 5 stars A definate 5 star read
This is an informative reading for any person who is either in any martial arts or is thinking of becoming involved in the arts, yes children included.
I simply loved that David Nemeroff did not just write this book just for formal reasons, the personal insights in this book are really what made this book more "real" or shall I say practical.
Even though Mr. Nemeroff has all the credentials in the USA and Japan, in his book he is putting out to readers enough fund of knowledge to possibly bring more people to awaken to the arts and he does this in a wonderful way. This was most obvious by including his students contributions to his book!
Being a student of a dojo, or someone whom may already be involved in any of the MMA, or is considering committing to becoming a student this book I highly recommend.
There was a feeling I personally connected with, being a committed student at a dojo, you not only are "learning" the art(s), but there are other learning experiences anyone can take in from not only the "teacher" but within yourself and others around you that you can achieve, that would meld into other aspects of daily life and stay with you for a lifetime.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enter into Aikido
Enter into Aikido is an excellent book for anyone who is looking to study aikido or thinking of studying any martial art.The author provides not only insights into what to look for in a dojo or an instructor, but how to approach the martial arts learning process.Laced with stories of real student training experiences, a bit of humor and practical philosophy, enter into Aikido provides the reader with more than just a simple history of Aikido.

This is an excellent guide for anyone interested in the martial arts, considering the martial arts for their children or simply as a reference booking for any aikido practitioner

5-0 out of 5 stars A Practical Way for Living in Harmony with Internal Energy
This timely book offers a comprehensive introduction and invitation into Aikido.The author shares a wealth of knowledge and insight clearly reflecting his intensive training in Aikido and several other martial arts, which he studied both in Japan and the United States.Readers are provided with a brief history of Aikido, how to choose and join a dojo, etiquette and mutual respect, Aikido concepts and weapons, training experiences from students, and the ongoing development of mind, body and spirit.

I found this book highly informative, humorous at times and thoroughly enjoyable.It has become a treasured addition to my collection.I believe that the most effective teachers are able to inspire students to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and growth once they have encouraged them to "enter." ... Read more

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