Translation by John Stevens. “The Secret Teachings of Aikido” is a collection of the spiritual teachings of the Founder. In this book, Morihei Ueshiba explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of that spirit. The author reflects on the rich and varied landscape of Aikido philosophy, discussing how Aiki is the marvelous functioning of breath, and how, through diligent use of Aikido’s breathing techniques, the practitioner can achieve true harmony.
Japanese title: “Aikido Kaiso“. This book is a pictorial essay produced by the Aikikai Foundation to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of O’Sensei. The main book is limited to Japanese text only (back-to-front read), but the book was published with a separate English-language supplement which provides complete translation of the limited narrative text, as well as all photo captions. A cardboard slipcover was also provided.
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The book is a photo depiction of O’Sensei’s life, and contains an assortment of photos well-known to Aikidoka, as well as many that are not often found in other works. A cardboard slipcover was also provided.
From the Publisher: At last, the complete and authoritative introduction to all the fundamentals of Aikido, coauthored by the two direct successors to the Founder of the martial art, Morihei Ueshiba. Coauthors Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba, son and grandson of the Founder, seek to carry on his legacy and to share with the millions of men and women around the world practicing Aikido today the most important techniques and principles of the art.
This book is the quintessential training aid for all Aikido practitioners – whether beginning or advanced – who wish to further their understanding of the forms and spirit of Aikido.
Underlying the forms, or physical techniques, are the spiritual principles of Aikido, which are based on the notion of ki, or “life force.” Ki is the fundamental element to understanding Aikido. But as the authors explain, it cannot be learned merely by watching a demonstration or reading a book. Rather, one must come to experience it through practice, in unifying body and mind.
Best Aikido helps guide the practitioner to this goal. It offers step-by-step instruction that will complement knowledge learned in the dojo. The text is illustrated with a wealth of never-before-seen photographs that feature Aikido master Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrating the fundamental techniques of the art.
Notes: Translation of earlier Japanese-language text.
A book written by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, son of Morihei Ueshiba. The author covers subjects ranging from “The Ki of the Universe and Individual Ki” to “Inheriting the Founder’s Aspirations” and many more. Contains many photos of O-Sensei and of Kisshomaru.
Many iterations have been produced, the most recent being an expanded, coffee-table type hardcover edition in 2013.
This book is a compilation of Kisshomaru’s writings on Aikido. It will provide the reader with deep insight into both the spiritual and technical dimensions of Aikido, and explain its central features—ki energy, breathing methods, posture, among others. The book is detailed with many dynamic photos, depicting the author, and his son Moriteru (present Doshu, and the author of The Aikido Master Course), carrying out the techniques.
Notes: Posthumous English translation of earlier Japanese publication.
One of the earliest and most recognized English-language Aikido works, this volume is a compilation of the earlier Japanese-language works entitled “Aikido” and “Aikido Giho” (or Gihou). Authored by the Nidai Doshu while O’Sensei was still alive, the book is primarily a collection of waza instruction, with photos and footwork diagrams. Edited and reprinted many times, and originally published in hardback with cardboard slipcover. The first softcover edition appeared in 1985. As this book is often traded without the dust jacket, an un-jacketed photo is included above.
Publisher: Hozansha Publishing
Publication Year: 1963, 1975, 1985 plus many intermediates
In this engaging and compelling biography, the Founder’s son Kissomaru Ueshiba (the second Aikido Doshu) details the life of this remarkable man, from his early years as a youth in the turbulent Meiji era to his death in 1969. Incorporating many first-hand accounts and anecdotes as well as historical documents, the author weaves a fascinating narrative of the Founder’s life, and with great fondness tells of his own memories of the man who would come to be known as O Sensei–great teacher.
Kisshomaru Ueshiba reveals much about the character and temperament of his father, painting a picture of a man of formidable commitment and spirituality, in both his practice of Aikido and his message of peace. Indeed, his dedication to his art was so strong that through his techniques he was able to attain kami-waza; an ability that transcends the human and reaches the divine. This book will appeal to any reader with an interest in the life of Morihei Ueshiba and a desire to discover the real person behind the legend.