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Aiki-Doh!-Ka: An Aikido Lexicon

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Paperback Cover Photo

From the Publisher: Aiki-Doh!-Ka is the personification of the earnest yet somewhat whimsical and occasionally flawed aspiration that imbues all Aikidoka. You might say he is the Don Quixote of Aikido – he has the best intentions, but is somewhat lacking in his execution.

After years of careful observation and countless interviews with Aiki-Doh!-Ka, Kevin and Jon have compiled this zany compilation of humorous definitions to common (and not so common) Aikido terms.

Jon and Kevin practice Yoshinkan Aikido at the Aiki Budo Centre in London, Ontario (Canada). Jon currently holds the rank of Sandan and Kevin is Shodan. They take Aikido seriously and train hard, but always remember to laugh, too.

This book is dedicated to the spirit of Aiki-Doh!-ka, who lives in us all.

  • Publisher: Lulu.com and CreateSpace
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • ISBN-10:  1463604599
  • ISBN-13: 5800034926230
  • ASIN (Kindle):  B004TTWN62
  • Pages: 52
  • Available Bindings: Paperback, Kindle, Nook

Angry White Pyjamas

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Angry White Pyjamas is an autobiography subtitled in numerous ways, including “A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons from the Tokyo Riot Police.” It details just over a year in the life of the author, Robert Twigger (who genuinely is a prize-winning poet educated at Oxford), as he takes the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo’s year-long senshusei course (which again, is genuinely the course taken by the Tokyo Riot Police). Told in the form of a linear narrative primarily involving the author, it presents more the “spirit” of the senshusei course as Twigger experienced it rather than details of the technical curriculum. Along the way it also provides anecdotes involving many major figures of the Yoshinkan Hombu Dojo in the early 1990s. Twigger also includes stories about his impressions of contemporary Japan outside of the Aikido context. The book is classified as Memoirs/Travel on the back cover.

This book has been produced in numerous editions, and can be found with several different examples of cover art.

Notes:  1st published 1997 by Indigo. Republished in 2000 by Quill.

  • Publisher: Indigo, then Quill
  • Publication Year: 1997, 2000
  • ISBN-10:  0688175376
  • ISBN-13:  9780688175375
  • Pages: 316
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Tales of Jord’s Storage Unit Aikido

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Paperback Cover Photo

Originally serialized in Aikido Today Magazine, this saga recounts the experiences of an imaginary group of intrepid Aikidoka who have only a storage shed to practice in. Wall-to-wall in-jokes, if you have much Aikido experience, you’ll find Jord’s tales side-splittingly funny.

  • Publisher: Arete Press, Claremont, California
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • ISBN-10:  0941736253
  • ISBN-13:  9780941736251
  • Pages: 59
  • Available Bindings: Paperback

Fudebakudo: The Way of the Exploding Pen

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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