Category Archives: Gozo Shioda

Aikido Jinsei: My Life in Aikido

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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.

  • Publisher: Shindokan Books
  • Publication Year:  2011
  • ISBN-10:  1770842292
  • ISBN-13:  9781770842298
  • Pages:  313
  • Available Bindings:  Paperback

Aikido: My Spiritual Journey

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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.

  • Publisher: Kodansha USA
  • Publication Year:  2013
  • ISBN-10:  1568364113
  • ISBN-13:  9781568364117
  • Pages:  208
  • Available Bindings:  Hardcover

Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques

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Originally published in Japanese (Aikido Kihon-waza) in the late 1970’s, this purely technical text primarily deals with the basic throws that form the early stages of aikido practice. Photo work is a mixture of the earlier Gozo Shioda work, along with more recent updated photos.

  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • ISBN-10:  4770030193
  • ISBN-13:  9784770030191
  • Pages: 224
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover

Yoshinkan Aikido: An Introduction to Basic Technique

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Originally published in Japanese as Aikido Gijutsu Kyohon in 1983, this book briefly presents basics, with text and photos of Gozo Shioda demonstrating. Shioda says in his Introduction, “This book is designed to promote correct understanding of Aikido techniques, and we have selected some basic movements and tehcniques practiced by all beginners at the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo and explained them in detail.”

  • Publisher: Aiki News, Tokyo, Japan
  • Publication Year: 1990
  • ISBN-10:  4900586110
  • ISBN-13:  9784900586116
  • Pages: 78
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Total Aikido: The Master Course

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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 dojo 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.

Notes:  Translation of earlier Japanese text.

  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd., Kodansha USA
  • Publication Year: 1996, 2012
  • ISBN-10:  4770020589, 1568364717
  • ISBN-13:  9784770020581, 9781568364711
  • Pages: 210
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover

Dynamic Aikido

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A staple in any Aikido book collection, this book is the first of several of Shioda Sensei’s books translated into English for mass market distribution. Coverage is provided for Aikido history and evolution, philosophies and basic techniques. Well illustrated.

  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd., Kodansha USA
  • Publication Year: 1968, 1977, 2013
  • ISBN-10:  0870113011, 1568365306, 070631798X, 0870110969
  • ISBN-13:  9780870113017, 9781568365305, 9780706317985, 9780870110962
  • Pages: 160
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Hardcover

Aikido Shugyo: Harmony in Confrontation

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Aikido Shugyo, by Gozo Shioda, was originally released in Japanese in 1991. Throughout this important and insightful work, Shioda Sensei relates many stories about the time he spent training directly with the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei, about his war-time experiences and about his years as the Headmaster of the Yoshinkan. He also uses countless anecdotes to convey important insights into the functioning and application of Aikido techniques. Aikido Shugyo will inspire anyone interested in traditional martial arts with its lessons, its history, and its straight-forward approach to the application of Aikido techniques. Aikido Shugyo is a rare insight from one of the leading and most well-known martial artists of his time. Already a “classic” in Japanese, it is a required text for every martial arts library. This first ever English publication is a faithful and complete presentation of the original Japanese text and includes a Forward by Kyoichi Inoue Sensei, 9th Dan, Dojo-cho of the Yoshinkan Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. An early edition, in green leatherette with gilded corners, does exist.

  • Publisher: Shindokan Books
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • ISBN-10: 0968779123
  • ISBN-13:  None
  • Pages: 207
  • Available Bindings: Paperback