From the Author/Publisher’s Website: Ellis Amdur’s writing on martial arts has been groundbreaking. In this volume, 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.
Although novels are not normally included in this bibliography, this particular one is quite relevant, as it is loosely based on the life of one of Aikido’s more colorful individuals, Terry Dobson, as written by his partner, Riki Moss.
Teaching is an art. Effective martial arts teachers must not only be competent practitioners but must also develop the communication and interpersonal skills of any good teacher. In this collection, twenty-six experienced martial arts teachers discuss the process of learning and teaching a martial art, from the ‘nuts and bolts’ of teaching technique to the philosophical underpinnings of training.
Although this book is not purely Aikido, it is included here because several chapters are authored by noted Aikido instructors, including Carol Wiley, Jamie Zimron, Pat Hendricks, Michael Friedl, and Barbara Summerhawk, among others.
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.
If your copy is missing the translation booklet, a PDF scan file (25 MB) may be requested from us via the front page e-mail link.
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.
A newly published British import, this is a basic Aikido overview in a quality package. There are sections on history, biographical data, the Aikido mindset, technical information, and self-defense. Note: A 2007 Lorenz release entitled “T’ai Chi and Aikido” contains a word-for-word republication of this book, along with a previous T’ai Chi publication.
Although the book is printed in Japanese, it is often marketed with a formally prepared and compiled PDF English translation (and 3.5″ floppy disk or DVD-R), hence the book is included here. This is basically an autobiographical work, where Fujitani Sensei discusses the founding of the Tenshin Dojo, her family and ill-fated marriage to Steven Seagal, and some inspirational thoughts on her part. Illustrated.
Publisher: Aikido Tenshin Dojo
Publication Year: 1999
Available Bindings: Hardcover w/Spiral Translation, E-book
This early work by André Nocquet was translated into English from the 1975 French edition and published (limited edition of 150) by Robert Cornman. It recounts, including pictures, the author’s experiences training with O-Sensei. There are chapters on “Master Ueshiba,” his words, his calligraphy, and his technique. Three additional chapters cover more philosophy of Aikido and related matters.
The author was an uchideshi to Gozo Shioda, and worries in his preface that modern Aikido is losing its martial effectiveness. The bulk of the book is his presentation of aiki basics with photos and some text.