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Masatake Fujita: Deep in Our Heart

Kindle Cover
Kindle Cover

From the Publisher:  This book is dedicated to the memory of the Great Master, Hombu Dojo Shihan, 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai. The process of creating the book began when the Master was still alive. Masatake Fujita Shihan devoted his life to Aikido. The world has thousands if not millions of followers and admirers of his work. He was a true legend, his memory and knowledge will never be forgotten.
Aikido suffers a serious loss that is difficult to admit. The Masters and Aikidoka from all over the world will follow Sensei’s teaching, study his unique training method carefully and will pass this invaluable knowledge to the next generation.
The Masters, the close friends perform the best Masatake Fujita Shihan’s techniques and the basic Aikido techniques paying a tribute of respect to the Great Master.

While given author credits, this book is more about Fujita Shihan than by him.

  • Publisher: Zigzabur North America LLC
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • ISBN-10: None
  • ISBN-13: None
  • ASIN (Kindle): B00OFU7B6C
  • Pages: 136
  • Available Bindings: Kindle

Aikido Jinsei: My Life in Aikido

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Paperback Cover Photo

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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Hardcover Photo

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

Vibration and Connection: The Aikido that I Pursue

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Hardcover Photo

This book is a monologue from Endo Sensei about his back-story, why he trains, what he feels are the benefits of training, and much anecdotal content.

It is produced in bilingual (Japanese/English) format.

  • Publisher: Kosaido Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10:  4331517276
  • ISBN-13:  9784331517277
  • Pages: 150
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover

Journey to the Heart of Aikido: The Teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei

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From the Publisher:  Journey to the Heart of Aikido presents the teachings of Motomichi Anno Sensei, one of the few remaining direct students of Morihei Ueshiba, the legendary founder of Aikido. After a lifetime of practice and teaching in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Anno Sensei conveys through his teachings Aikido’s essential spirit of love, harmony, gratitude, and purification with simple authenticity and eloquence. Author and translator Linda Holiday–herself a senior instructor of Aikido–brings to life the intimacy of this communication through translated discourses on the deep practice of Aikido and candid dialogues between Anno sensei and Western students.

Journey to the Heart of Aikido includes Linda Holiday’s vivid account of her adventure as a young woman studying Aikido in the mystical region of Kumano, Japan, in the 1970s, and a poignant telling of Anno sensei’s life and his first-hand experience of training with Aikido’s founder. An essential resource for the global Aikido community, Journey to the Heart of Aikido also offers spiritual teachings relevant to all contemporary seekers, touching a wide range of themes such as the meaning of martial arts, the integration of body and spirit, the truth of interconnectedness, and the practice of peace, offering all readers insight into the profound spiritual questions at the heart of life.

Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.

  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • ISBN-10: 1583946594
  • ISBN-13:  9781583946596
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00BVJFNQK
  • Pages: 376
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book

Aikido Pioneers: Prewar Era

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Paperback Cover Photo

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.

  • Publisher: Aiki News
  • Publication Year:  2010
  • ISBN-10:  4904464176
  • ISBN-13: 9784904464175
  • Pages: 364
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, E-Book (PDF)