‘Kokyu nage’, the term given to a range of important Aikido techniques, is commonly translated from the Japanese as ‘Breath throw’. However, the word ‘Kokyu’ can also be translated as ‘Work in harmony with’. In fact both interpretations describe Kokyu nage techniques, since they depend on a delicate combination of correct breath control, precise body movement, minimal physical contact and perfect timing. Consequently, the effective execution of Kokyu nage techniques represents a high level of skill in Aikido. This book examines over sixty Kokyu nage techniques from various holding and striking attacks, with hundreds of step-by-step illustrations that include detailed annotations. The breadth of coverage of this important class of Aikido techniques means that this book can be used to great advantage by beginner and advanced student alike.
Welcome to Aiki Combat Jujitsu. In this manual Calvin Metz along with his students teaches you his system of Aiki Combat Jujitsu. With 40 years in the martial arts, he has studied Hapkido and Diato Ryu Aiki Jujitsu under Sensei Sterling Dyson. He has blended these styles with many others to make one of the most effective systems of self-defense. This manual goes over the basics of Aiki Combat Jujits; there are dozens of colored pictures along with step by step instructions for each move, drill or form.
Not an Aikido book, but included here for obvious reasons…
From the Publisher: The jo is the Japanese 4-foot staff, originally taught with the ken (sword) in the samurai arts. Essential Jo is arguably the most comprehensive text on the subject to date, offering a course of study from white through to black belt in this practical, yet elegant, art. The book features over 900 professional black and white photographs accompanied by clear, detailed textual explanations. While it is intended primarily for students with experience in weapons arts, particularly jodo, the book can also be used by beginners for home study. The art of jodo makes an excellent addition to any martial art system. This is the first instructional text by award-winning martial arts writer and teacher Dan Djurdjevic.
From the Publisher: This book presents an historical, cultural, and philosophical look at the development of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Sunderlin focuses on the influences brought to bear on Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, and the subsequent cultivation of the latter’s martial art as a vessel of Budo. The author also provides a look at the different directions Aikido has taken since its inception and tackles some of the criticism leveled by practitioners of other martial arts, then offers ideas for strengthening Aikido as a viable method of self-defense while calling for increased cooperation between its numerous styles. The book is NOT an Aikido “How to,” though its technical characteristics are discussed. The topics are in-depth and complex. Includes 17 chapters with endnotes, tables, figures, pictures, a glossary, special editorial comment, a bibliography, and an index; dark blue cloth coverboards with gold impressed spine lettering and a dust jacket. The author is the acting head of Zantoppa Kai Aikido, which is a derivation of Tomiki Ryu Aikido. Beginning his study of Aikido in 1980, he studied under Carl Geis, Shihan; Tsunako Miyake, Shihan; and Takeshi Inoue, Shihan. He has also trained in Western Wrestling and Boxing; Japanese Judo, Tenjin Shin’yo-ryu, Jodo, and Shiatsu; and Chinese Hung Ga Kung Fu. He is known for his outspoken viewpoints regarding Aikido’s problematic metaphysical ideas and interorganizational strife. A “Special Edition” hardback issue was added in mid-2015.
the author performs various powerful Koshi Nage techniques. Koshi Nage (hip throw) is a throw in which uke, the partner initiating the “attack”, is thrown over nage’s, the person executing the technique, hips.
From the Author: Masatake Fujita Shihan was famous for his vigorous performing of the techniques. His teaching style is commonly known as “Fujita Sensei’s theory of motion (tai sabaki)“. In this theory, three elements are emphasized: posture, dodge and technical application. He introduced the progressive training method where first it is taught the proper posture and then the needed appropriate dodge for a favorable position which is the key to a successful performing of a technique.
I believe that Masatake Fujita Sensei’s teaching, spiritual thinking will be passed on and acquainted with more people.
Jodo Notebook is a fully illustrated manual of the Basic techniques (Kihon) of Shindo Muso Ryu (SMR) and the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR),and the 12 Kata of Seitei Jodo. It is an invaluable supplement to Jodo training to make learning easier and faster as well. Jodo (Japanese stick fighting) is taught either in Shindo Muso Ryu, or in the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei under the name Seitei Jodo. Both systems share the same Basics (12 Kihon). The differences are in the Kata (12 in Seitei Jodo, and 64 in SMR), and the training with other weapons arts besides the Jo and the Sword (Tachi) in Shindo Muso Ryu (in the 64 SMR Kata). The ZNKR Jodo organization is by far the largest international Jodo organization. Very few books are available on Jodo. Jodo is taught worldwide, but newer literature in English is hard to get. Most of the literature is in Japanese. The Notebook is made to fill this gap in literature. The author is co-writer with George W. Alexander of The Dictionary of Japanese Martial Arts, and illustrator of The Way of White Crane Karate, both from Yamazato Productions.
Not an Aikido book per se, but a sizable and good technical volume about a staple aiki weapon.
Basics, terminology, dojo etiquette, some historical and philosophical content. The book provides unbiased information on common etiquette, student responsibilities, dojo design, proper training apparel, the relationship between student and teacher and between students, training tools and weapons, rank examination, the Aiki spirit, and fundamental training concepts essential to learning Aikido and ultimately the Aiki way. Other topics include step-by-step pointers on selection and care of the uniform (the Aikido gi and hakama), equipment (Aikido weapons – jo and bokken), and the training facility (Aikido dojo). Grading and promotion examination details are covered for both beginning and advanced students, as well as student’s progressive responsibilities as they advance in rank and experience.