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Daito-Ryu Aiki Jujutsu

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Hardcover Photo
30th Anniversary Edition Cover Photo
30th Anniversary Edition Cover Photo

The book contains the history of Daito-ryu and details the encounters of Sokaku Takeda and the Horikawa family. It takes you through the steps of beginning exercise as Okamoto Sensei describes them. Then it takes you to the aiki techniques (it’s hard to perform them). The end section of the book contains text in Japanese with little translation and explains the concept of Ki and weight distribution. Contains techniques that are performed by Okamoto Sensei during his demonstration.

A 30-year Commemorative Edition of this book was produced.

  • Publisher: Kaitensha Publications
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • ISBN-10:  4795250677
  • ISBN-13:  9784795250673
  • Pages: 207
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover

Moving Toward Stillness

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Paperback Cover Photo

Moving Toward Stillness is a collection based upon Dave Lowry’s magazine articles from the past decade, mostly from his highly regarded column in Black Belt magazine. Written from an almost Japanese perspective, it offers an entertaining and informative view of the Martial Arts arts. Topics explored include entering the Martial Arts way, making the pursuit of traditional Asian Martial Arts arts a part of modern Western life, the paradoxes and conflicts such a path inevitably generates, how to adapt to the mindset necessary for true mastery of a foreign art, and much more.

  • Publisher: Tuttle
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • ISBN-10:  0804831602
  • ISBN-13:  9780804831604
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B0055PDLEM
  • Pages: 185
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle

In Search of the Warrior Spirit

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Paperback Cover Photo
Alternate Paperback Cover
Alternate Paperback Cover
Later Paperback Cover
Later Paperback Cover

In a top-secret U.S. military experiment, Richard Heckler was invited to teach Eastern awareness disciplines ranging from Aikido to meditation to a group of 25 Green Berets. This account chronicles his experiences in the training program and his attempts to revive traditional warriorship in a technological society. His book provides insight into the nature of war, the meaning of masculinity, and the need for moral values in the military.

Also available in 3rd Edition softcover (ISBN#1556434251) 2002.  This new edition includes Heckler’s response to 9/11, his connections to the Pentagon and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and his reflections on the movie Black Hawk Down, which depicts the deaths of two of his trainees.

Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.

  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books, Blue Snake Books
  • Publication Year: 1989, 1990, 2002
  • ISBN-10:  1556430558, 155643054X, 1556434251
  • ISBN-13:  9781556430558, 9781556430541, 9781556434259
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B004ZZP5Y2
  • Pages: 268, 448
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book

The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido

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Paperback Cover Photo

This book deals in detail with the so-called esoteric aspects of Aikido– those things that we hear about, but seldom understand. For example, one chapter deals with Shinto, its history, mythology, current state today, and its connection with Aikido. Other chapters cover topics like “Kototama,” “One Spirit, Four Souls,” “Three Origins, Eight Powers,” and order in the universe. These topics, and others, are part of the spiritual side of Aikido; they are most often found in the sayings of Ueshiba O-Sensei, and it is rare that someone attempts to make these ideas clear. Here is a book length attempt to do so. Although there are many technical photos of waza, with explanations, this is not a technical manual; the author is illustrating points made in the text by showing examples applied to practice. At the end of the book is a quite extensive glossary.

Also available as an E-Book from numerous outlets.

  • Publisher: Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont
  • Publication Year: 1995
  • ISBN-10:  0892815086
  • ISBN-13:  9780892815081
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B008VRYN5W
  • Pages: 203
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook, E-Book

Kodo: Ancient Ways

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(The following text is taken from the author’s web site):
In the forty-one essays included in this book, you will find that these lessons are inspired from the teachings and wisdom of the ancients. I hope these little bits of wisdom will inspire and guide you, in some way, in your training and in your life as they have inspired and sustained me over many, many years.

This book is a compilation of articles written between 1988 and 1995 as the “Ancient Ways” column in Martial Arts Training magazine.

  • Publisher: Black Belt Publications, then Ohara Publications
  • Publication Year: 1996, 1998
  • ISBN-10:  0897501365
  • ISBN-13:  9780897501361
  • ASIN:  B0085P440O
  • Pages: 223
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Aikido: Traditional Art & Modern Sport

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Paperback Cover Photo
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The author teaches in England, and the book appears to reflect the Tomiki and Iwama traditions. It is a detailed, beginner’s guide to Aikido, including text and photos. Sword and staff waza are also introduced, including the 31 step jo kata. At the end of the book are a glossary and even a guide to Japanese writing and pronunciation. A paperback version was first produced in 1992.

  • Publisher: The Crowood Press, Ltd., England
  • Publication Year: 1990, 1992
  • ISBN-10: 1852234261, 1852237155
  • ISBN-13:  9781852234263, 9781852237158
  • Pages: 223
  • Available Bindings: Hardcover, Paperback