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Hidden in Plain Sight: Tracing the Roots of Ueshiba Morihei’s Power

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Paperback Cover Photo

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.

  • Publisher: edgework.info
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • ISBN-10:  0982376200
  • ISBN-13: 9780982376201
  • Pages: 252
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Aikido: The Peaceful Martial Art

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This book represents the principles and basic concepts of Aikido – deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy and the refined ideals of the samurai. It is not a technical manual, but an exploration of the thoughts and theories at work in Aikido practice. This book has been re-issued with the revised title “Aikido Principles”.

  • Publisher: BookSurge
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • ISBN-10:  1419658794
  • ISBN-13: 9781419658792
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B0035FZMRS
  • Pages: 187
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle

Aikibatto: Sword Exercises for Aikido Students

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Paperback Cover Photo

Aikibatto is a system of sword and staff exercises for Aikido students, as well as for anyone interested in the Japanese martial arts. This book presents the basics and principles of the sophisticated sword arts developed by the Japanese warrior aristocracy, the samurai.

  • Publisher: BookSurge
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • ISBN-10:  1419658786
  • ISBN-13:  9781419658785
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B004GXB452
  • Pages: 192
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle

Founder of Aikido

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Cover Photo with Dustjacket
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Cover Photo without Dustjacket
Insert with English Translation
Insert with English Translation

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.

  • Publisher:  Kodansha
  • Publication Year: 1983, 2010
  • ISBN-10: 4062004089
  • ISBN-13:  9784062004084
  • Pages: 111
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover with insert


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Hardcover Photo

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.

  • Publisher: Lorenz Books
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • ISBN-10:  0754815927
  • ISBN-13:  9780754815921
  • Pages: 128
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover

Aikido Weapons Techniques

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Paperback Cover Photo

This is a basic aiki weapons primer, including background on the origins of weapons usage in Aikido training. The discussion is limited to the primary weapons; ken, jo, and tanto. Included in some detail are the spiritual implications of weapons training.

Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.

  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication Year: 2006, 2012
  • ISBN-10:  0804836418
  • ISBN-13:  9780804836418
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B00ADO6RVE
  • Pages: 124
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book

Aiki: Collectors Edition

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Paperback Cover Photo

This is a single-issue limited printing of 500. The author gives historical comparison of both Aikido and Aiki-Jujutsu. There are extensive photos of records and key historical figures, and a balanced synopsis about the histories of both arts.

  • Publisher: Land Printing
  • Publication Year: 1986
  • ISBN-10: None
  • ISBN-13: None
  • Pages: 58
  • Available Bindings: Paperback