The interviews contained in “Aikido Pioneers – Prewar Era” have been meticulously edited from hundreds of hours of conversations conducted over a 30-year period with those closest to the Founder. These early devotees of the art offer an insightful portrayal of the character of the Aikido Founder, and a detailed description of his teaching and activities, spanning nearly half a century. More than 100 photos, many published for the first time, add an important visual dimension to the testimonies of the interviewees. This is an essential volume for those desiring to discover the roots of Aikido, a true cultural treasure of Japan.
The first comprehensive reference work for Aikido-related names and topics. A standard before Aikido Journal evolved into a global electronic reference. First Edition appeared in 1989. Though not updated in print, the reference piece does exist online at aikidojournal.com, with minimal updates. Nonetheless, an indispensable Aikido reference source.
From the Preface: “Aikido Masters: Prewar Students of Morihei Ueshiba” contains materials from interviews conducted in Japan over an eighteen-year period by the staff of Aiki News magazine. The fourteen individuals presented are all leading students of Morihei Ueshiba from the prewar years who participated in the process which culminated in the birth of modern aikido.“