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Fudebakudo: The Way of the Exploding Pen

Paperback Cover Photo
Paperback Cover Photo

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

The Randori Principles

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Hardcover Photo

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

Dueling with O’Sensei

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Paperback Cover Photo

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