Fudebakudo: The Way of the Exploding Pen

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This book is an irreverent and extremely humorous collection of cartoons, poking fun at just about every martial art in existence, including Aikido. The description of a fractured 31-jo kata is hilarious.

Notes: Not Specifically Aikido.  Copyrighted in both 1993 and 2003, but no evidence of any 1993 printing.

  • Publisher: Exploding Pen Ltd.
  • Publication Year: 1993(?), 2003
  • ISBN-10:  0954454308
  • ISBN-13:  9780954454302
  • Pages: 121
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Aikido: A Supplement to Dojo Training


Very little info is available about this book, although there is data to suggest it may have been published more than once. If you have a copy, please expand on the info here, or contact us at bibliography@aikidojournal.com with details.

Updated information furnished by the author in August, 2011:

Nbr of Pages: 150

Size: 8-½” by 11″

Illustrations: Drawings taken from actual student photos

You were correct in identifying it as possibly published as two different versions. The first time it was written for students attending aikido college courses only. The second one was revised to be suitable for all aikido students in an American dojo. A third one is being written.

This book was written at a time when very few books on aikido were available. And of those that existed, it was very difficult to follow the technical aspects of the techniques at that time. This book was written to assist all students of aikido in their first and second year of practice. The book is divided into two main bodies of focus.

The first section guides the aikido student in understanding the dojo environment, glossary, protocols, philosophy, history, and the culture. It is presented in a manner that conveys aikido as a practice of a balanced yet, dynamic life. There are examples of differences among dojos in the practice of many things such as the starting procedures of class, requirements of rank examinations, the wearing of the hakima, and many others.

The second section illustrates in great detail, the steps of applying dozens of techniques, beginning with “katate-tori ikkyo”. Each “Partner Practice Series” is spelled out to define feet and hands placement, direction, degrees and angles, and timing of movement. It was among the first books to show aikido in a technical format. Although the author firmly believes aikido must be dynamic and free flowing, it is necessary to have some degree of structure so a beginning student can have a solid infrastructure from which to build. This technical section follows the “Enter by form” concept. It was also one of the first books to indicate details of what Uke could do in order to receive the aikido technique in a safer manner.

2011 UPDATED INFORMATION: Although this book is out of print, the author intends to write a revised and expanded edition. The revised edition will be much larger and will enhance the technical “Partner Practice Series” to include advanced concepts to go beyond technique. This will invite students to come back to review their techniques as they advance in skills over the years and wish to “remove form” and enhance their flow. This writing is anticipated to be completed in 2015.

  • Publisher:  Benefield, Aiki Press
  • Publication Year: 1981, 1996
  • ISBN-10:  0960732608
  • ISBN-13:  9780960732609
  • Pages: 150
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

The Randori Principles

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This book presents life lessons paralleling and taken from various aspects of Aikido training. Not illustrated.

Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.

  • Publisher: Dearborn Trade Publishing, Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • ISBN-10:  0793148626, 1609780000
  • ISBN-13:  9780793148622,  9781609780005
  • Pages: 250
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book

Budo Aikido: Kukyu Training Manual

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This book is the basic curriculum for “kukyu” rank in “Budo Aikido”, which seems to be a system comprised of elements of Aikido, Karate. JuJitsu and Judo (primarily Karate, it appears). Included are descriptions of warmups and stretching, and some basic techniques.

  • Publisher: Budo Aikido Association
  • Publication Year: 1983
  • ISBN-10:  None
  • ISBN-13:  None
  • Pages: 89
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Aikido: Traditional Art & Modern Sport

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The author teaches in England, and the book appears to reflect the Tomiki and Iwama traditions. It is a detailed, beginner’s guide to Aikido, including text and photos. Sword and staff waza are also introduced, including the 31 step jo kata. At the end of the book are a glossary and even a guide to Japanese writing and pronunciation. A paperback version was first produced in 1992.

  • Publisher: The Crowood Press, Ltd., England
  • Publication Year: 1990, 1992
  • ISBN-10: 1852234261, 1852237155
  • ISBN-13:  9781852234263, 9781852237158
  • Pages: 223
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover, Paperback

Dueling with O’Sensei

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From the Publisher: In this volume, Ellis Amdur has radically reworked his iconoclastic essays first published on the website of Aikido Journal. Here, he attempts to establish the existence of something all but lost in Japanese martial arts – a sophisticated type of training, encompassing mental imagery, breath-work, and a variety of physical techniques that offered the practitioner the potential to develop skills sometimes viewed as nearly superhuman. Commonly referred to as “internal training,” and usually believed to be the provenance of Chinese martial arts, Amdur asserts that not only was it once common among many Japanese martial traditions, but elements of such training still remain, passed down in a few martial arts – literally “hidden in plain sight.” As always, Amdur reminds us that this is a human endeavor and he provides vivid, even heartbreaking portrayals of some of the great practitioners of these skills, men who devoted their lives to an obsessive pursuit of power.

  • Publisher: Edgework
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • ISBN-10:  1897307861
  • ISBN-13:  978189730786
  • Pages: 219
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

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