This is not an aikido book, but the author is a noted Ki Society instructor, and the concepts discussed are, fittingly, in line with fundamental aiki concepts.
From the Publisher: Many businesses try to change, but few succeed. At best, a few buzzwords and new reports become part of the company’s structure. At worst, programs crash and burn, and the members of the organization become irreparably disillusioned with the revolving door of new-mission statements. According to David Shaner-a business consultant with a 100% success rate of change at companies including Duracell, Frito-Lay, Caesars Palace and Gillette-the problem is that those changes don’t address either individuals or the corporate culture. They’re only on the surface.
Combining lessons drawn from four decades of Aikido with knowledge gleaned from his 30-year consulting career, Shaner merges Eastern philosophy with Western business savvy to present his Seven Arts of Change (including the Arts of Preparation, Relaxation, and Compassion), showing how individual adjustments-from the CEO down-can transform a company. Using exercises, strategies, and real-life examples to show how to awaken the untapped potential in any organization and every person within it, Shaner shows how to create change built to last.
From the Publisher: This book is a thesis publication comprised of two of two main parts’ The first main part is based on the qualitative inquiry of twenty-three Aikido participants from different levels – beginner, intermediate, advanced, from three different dojos. Open-ended questions regarding the difference of Aikido from other sports are asked of the participants. Their written responses were coded, using qualitative methods. Based on coding of documents, labels, categories and themes have been generated. The second main part of the thesis is based on the discussion of those findings. The discussion between different levels, the comparison with other findings in Aikido literature was done. Lastly and largely, the position of findings and possible arguments they can generate in the Philosophy of Sports Literature are discussed.
Aikido Jinsei is the autobiography of Shioda Gozo, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. First published in Japan (Japanese language) in 1985, Shioda Sensei uses this book to share his experiences, his aikido and his way of life with his readers. Aikido Jinsei is remarkable for the author’s extremely candid approach. Throughout the book, Shioda Sensei openly shares his most personal experiences from his childhood, his time during the war and his training with the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei. He shares key insights about Aikido which he learned from Ueshiba Sensei and he clearly documents the events after the war which led to the establishment of the Yoshinkan and his own unique brand of Aikido.
Aikido Jinsei, along with its sister volume, Aikido Shugyo, are indispensable reading for anyone interested in the history of Aikido and the life of Shioda Gozo, one of the most dynamic martial artists of recent time. This first ever full and complete English publication includes a Foreword by the author’s son, Shioda Yasuhisa Sensei, Aikido Yoshinkan Soke.
Jikishin Dojo Budo Kenshu – Study of the Martial Way is a unique account of the purpose, method and content of Budo study at Jikishin Dojo Auckland, New Zealand. It offers a very personal and open insight into the ideas, questions, and ever-changing thought processes that underpin practice at Jikishin Dojo, based on and partially combining the author’s research in Zen, Shiatsu, physiotherapy, Western philosophy, Aikido and many other martial arts. This research has inspired an ongoing review of Budo study, from its very fundaments to its diverse technical expressions. Consequently, Jikishin Dojo Budo Kenshu offers a renewed and fresh perspective on a wide array of topics pertinent to Aikido and Budo practice, including: – The conditioning of mind and body – The place of forms, techniques and gradings – The methods and concepts of teaching – The concept of Do, the Way – The workings of a dojo, and – the ethics of the Budo.
Not strictly Aikido, but outgrown from the Author’s personal Aikido training.
This book is a guide for persons who are in the beginning of their aikido career, for persons preparing themselves for graduation, and also for persons who have practised aikido for a longer period of time. Using this book, beginners can learn the names of the fundamental aikido techniques and study how they are performed. Advanced students can use this book to memorize the techniques and for a more detailed analysis of how the techniques are performed. This book contains basic techniques from white to black belt (6th to 1st kyu).
This English-translated Italian import is a thorough foray into the background and foundations of Daito-Ryu. There is historical content, and a measure of technical information. The Takeda line is well-described.
Integral Aikido is a definitive, illustrated statement of the exceptional martial art of Nihon Goshin Aikido (NGA). Nihon Goshin Aikido is an extensive and comprehensive set of scientific principles which, when mastered, may be transformed by the practitioner into a unique art form creating movements of beauty, grace and devastating power. NGA is a martial art that originated in Japan and focuses on self-defense skills. The literal translation of Nihon Goshin is Japanese Self-Defense. The skills imparted by the study of NGA are founded in scientific principles of geometry, physics, anatomy and biomechanics. Because NGA is such an extremely effective system of self-defense, the application of its techniques can inflict serious injury upon an attacker. Aikido is, however, a non-aggressive, defensive art that seeks to avoid conflict even in a threatening situation. Whatever energy an attacker gives us, we accept without resistance, utilizing the attacker’s own energy to neutralize the attack and the attacker himself. In all cases of conflict, the intent is to use the least amount of force and to inflict the least amount of damage necessary to restore peace, harmony and safety to all concerned. Integral Aikido is authored by Jim Giorgi. Illustrated by Svetlana Rozhkova. Photography by Jack Niewiadomski; Robert H. Trachman and Maurice Mondragon; Foreword by Robert B. MacEwen, Jr.