Not an Aikido book, but included here for obvious reasons…
From the Publisher: The jo is the Japanese 4-foot staff, originally taught with the ken (sword) in the samurai arts. Essential Jo is arguably the most comprehensive text on the subject to date, offering a course of study from white through to black belt in this practical, yet elegant, art. The book features over 900 professional black and white photographs accompanied by clear, detailed textual explanations. While it is intended primarily for students with experience in weapons arts, particularly jodo, the book can also be used by beginners for home study. The art of jodo makes an excellent addition to any martial art system. This is the first instructional text by award-winning martial arts writer and teacher Dan Djurdjevic.
From the Publisher: This book presents an historical, cultural, and philosophical look at the development of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Sunderlin focuses on the influences brought to bear on Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and the subsequent cultivation of the latter’s martial art as a vessel of Budo. The author also provides a look at the different directions Aikido has taken since its inception and tackles some of the criticism leveled by practitioners of other martial arts, then offers ideas for strengthening Aikido as a viable method of self-defense while calling for increased cooperation between its numerous styles. The book is NOT an Aikido “How to,” though its technical characteristics are discussed. The topics are in-depth and complex. Includes 17 chapters with endnotes, tables, figures, pictures, a glossary, special editorial comment, a bibliography, and an index; dark blue cloth coverboards with gold impressed spine lettering and a dust jacket. The author is the acting head of Zantoppa Kai Aikido, which is a derivation of Tomiki Ryu Aikido. Beginning his study of Aikido in 1980, he studied under Carl Geis, Shihan; Tsunako Miyake, Shihan; and Takeshi Inoue, Shihan. He has also trained in Western Wrestling and Boxing; Japanese Judo, Tenjin Shin’yo-ryu, Jodo, and Shiatsu; and Chinese Hung Ga Kung Fu. He is known for his outspoken viewpoints regarding Aikido’s problematic metaphysical ideas and interorganizational strife. A “Special Edition” hardback issue was added in mid-2015.
the author performs various powerful Koshi Nage techniques. Koshi Nage (hip throw) is a throw in which uke, the partner initiating the “attack”, is thrown over nage’s, the person executing the technique, hips.
An Introductory Manual covering the basics of Spiritual Aikido. The author arranged the contents of this book in a Simplified approach for the average person to understand and follow. This covers all you need to know before jumping into the mat for real experience of the movements & techniques of Spiritual Aikido.
This is a basic e-book, which appears to have “borrowed” its title from the Westbrook & Ratti classic already familiar to all Aikido bibliophiles. This is a 22-page boilerplate intro, whose content is possibly harvested from public-domain sources, and shares nothing but the title with the original 1969 work bearing the same title. Caveat emptor…
Aikido’s focus is on the practices that do not hurt people or take their lives, which makes it different from other aggressive martial art forms. Skills and actions which a person trained in the art of Aikido are mainly created to deflect opponent’s concentration and disable it. Many people favor this martial art because of its peaceful and harmonious ways unlike aggression and conflict found in other disciplines. The man that introduced and developed this art was called Morehei Ueshiba. He thought that the art of harmony was to direct the anger and make it result in no harm. What also separates Aikido from other martial arts is the fact that Aikido exploit the hands as a weapon and the followers of Aikido don’t use weapons.
Aikido is usually practiced in a Dojo, where learners of this discipline can learn in relation with variations that come from time to time. This is a part of the style that all Aikido followers are trying to attain. Aikido’s first purpose is to practice and learn through about good values as well as mysticism. Although it may seem odd, Aikido is the way to have a peaceful mind.
This book is mainly centered on Aikido in general, so that everyone has a very clear idea what Aikido is, and how it will benefit you and your lifestyle.