Understanding Aikido: Essential Information and Perceptions

Hardcover and Paperback Cover Photo
Hardcover and Paperback Cover Photo
"Special Edition" Cover Photo
“Special Edition” Cover Photo

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.

  • Publisher: The Zantotsu Ryu
  • Publication Year:  2015
  • ISBN-10:  1505730880,  0692396756, 0692474188
  • ISBN-13:  9781505730883, 9780692396759, 9780692474181
  • Pages:  530
  • Available Bindings:  Paperback, Hardcover

2 thoughts on “Understanding Aikido: Essential Information and Perceptions”

  1. Hello Mr. Gold or Mr. Bateman ( or someone other than them),

    I have some questions about this Understanding Aikido book. Where is this book by Jan Sunderlin sold? Do you have any excerpts from it in this website?

    Best Regards,
    Julia K. P.

    1. Julia,

      This book is available from most of the usual online sources, including Amazon.com and Ebay.com. Space and copyright limitations and prevent us from including excerpts here, sorry to say.

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