Solo Forms is designed to give the student and enthusiast an opportunity to practice a variety of styles of the martial arts without a partner. Included are characteristic solo routines, staff forms, and improvised exercises adapted from karate, akido, tai chi, and kung fu. Hardcover edition available in 1982.
This title has been included in this Bibliography to help otherwise trusting readers to save some money…
This is NOT an Aikido book. In fact, other than in the title, the word “aikido” only appears once in the book. The book is a rambling collection of disjointed thoughts, and has probably been issued in a variety of iterations and titles, in hopes to induce buyers across a variety of genres. Caveat emptor…
From the Publisher: In this first full autobiographical work, the legendary aikido grandmaster Gozo Shioda tells of his exciting life. Born in Tokyo in 1915, Shioda excelled as a student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. He went on to win first place in the All Japan Martial Arts Exhibition in 1954; and later, founded the Yoshinkan school of aikido, considered a “hard” style for its rigorous training techniques and emphasis on correct form. In 1988, Shioda was awarded the title of Aikido Master by the International Martial Arts Federation. Over the course of his distinguished career, he also served as the chief instructor for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the Air Self-defense Force, the Japanese National Railways, and a number of leading Japanese universities.
In Aikido: My Spiritual Journey, Shioda relates moving, personal anecdotes about Ueshiba and imparts what he learned from his mentor. He offers a concise overview of the key elements of aikido, including breath power, focused power, and the power of the center line. About 20 rare photos of the author, chronicling his life in aikido, are also included. Yasuhisa Shioda, the author’s son and himself a prominent figure in the aikido world, has contributed the Afterword to this volume.
Following the same pictorial format as its sister book, ‘Essential Aikido‘, ‘Progressive Aikido‘ presents a wide range of techniques and training methods to extend the Aikido practitioner’s repertoire. The techniques are shown as sequences of photographs of key positions, where necessary each one annotated to improve the reader’s understanding of tori’s actions. The book is in eight parts covering Tachi Waza, Hanmi handachi Waza, Suwari Waza, Kaeshi Waza, Kanren Waza, Renzoku Waza, Ninin dori and Jiyu Waza.
This book has been divided into 2 volumes and released as Kindle publications.
From the Publisher: A fully illustrated handbook of information about the practice of Aikido, a Japanese martial art. Presented in four parts, everything that a beginner needs to know is contained in this book, explained and illustrated. In Parts 1 and 2 the author explains how to sit correctly, how to behave properly in the dojo, how to stretch, how to roll, how to perform breathing exercises, and so on. But for experienced practitioners and instructors, as well as beginners, Parts 3 and 4, which cover body movement and basic techniques, it also details a rational, systematic method for studying basic Aikido forms.
Lynn Seiser, Ph,D, is a noted author, clinical therapist and Aikido instructor. He has spent many years training in many forms of Budo. He offers many insights in his columns and articles, collectively known as “Seiser Says“. Much of the content espouses aiki principles or is credited to his Aikido training.
Aikido Ground Fighting presents effective ground techniques that remain true to aikido founder Morehei Ueshiba’s teachings while addressing a potential weakness in the system: while aikido is renowned for its submission and compliance techniques as well as grappling from a standing position, it is not known for its effectiveness when it comes to ground fighting. Aikido Ground Fighting is a unique look at the roots of aikido techniques (in particular, the kneeling practices of suwari-waza) and how they might be applied to defense on the ground. Written by a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba in collaboration with other aikido teachers, this book remains steadfastly true to the founder’s teachings while presenting innovative and effective techniques. Containing never-before-published pictures of Ueshiba as well as step-by-step photographs clearly demonstrating techniques, Aikido Ground Fighting is designed for aikido students looking to become more well-rounded martial artists as well as practitioners of all martial arts seeking effective self-defense techniques.
Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
Publication Year: 2013
ASIN (Kindle): B00A9ET1FW
Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book