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Journey to Center

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Using anecdotes from his own journeys and from the extraordinary people he’s met around the world, Thomas Crum introduces the principle of centering, a skill for unifying body, mind and spirit. Centering enhances performance in sports — from the quality of your golf game to skiing particularly difficult terrain — results in greater productivity and power at the office, and allows you to let go of stress and insecurities in order to enjoy harmonious relationships. With specific exercises and detailed information on applying centering to all areas of life, this book provides a step-by-step guide to this unique skill for improving yourself and your life.

Notes: Not specifically Aikido, but from Aiki perspective –  Available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.

  • Publisher: Fireside Books
  • Publication Year: 1997
  • ISBN-10:  0684839229
  • ISBN-13:  9780684839226
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B001OD41HU
  • Pages: 222
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, E-Book

Aikido in Training

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This is an extensive reference of traditional Aikido practice and principles, depicting technique in precise, step-by-step manner. The text includes a full chapter on the life of O’Sensei, and the history of the development of Aikido. Well illustrated.

Paperback edition introduced in 2002.  There is also a set of videos made to coordinate with the book.

  • Publisher: Cool Rain Productions
  • Publication Year: 1993, 2002
  • ISBN-10: 0963642952, 0963642960
  • ISBN-13:  9780963642950, 9780963642967
  • Pages: 335
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover, Paperback

Aikido: The Way of the Black Star

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Subtitled “Aikido Basics”, this book is a basic guide to the training philosophies and regime in the “Black Star” system practiced by the author. It is as much about how to teach and train as it is about actual technique. Well illustrated.

  • Publisher: The Pentland Press
  • Publication Year: 1997
  • ISBN-10: 185821503X
  • ISBN-13:  9781858215037
  • Pages: 116
  • 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