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Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction
Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction
by Adele Westbrook, Oscar Ratti
Paperback from Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 0804832846
Aikido neutralizes aggression and renders attackers harmless. By controlling body position and harmonizing their vital physical and mental powers, anyone (regardless of size, strength or weight) can fend off attacks using this sophisticated martial art. This classic text reveals the secrets which enable the stunning control practiced in Aikido.
 
Total Aikido: The Master Course (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
Total Aikido: The Master Course
by Gozo Shioda
Hardcover from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 4770020589

Aikido students and enthusiasts the world over will be delighted with this English translation of Gozo Shioda's "hidden principles," finally made available by the Yoshinkan school of aikido. An outstanding student of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, Shioda, who taught thousands of people in his lifetime, left a profound legacy, successfully teaching the spiritual and practical applications of a martial art that could all too easily become mired in one or the other.

In this sequel to Dynamic Aikido, the preeminent master continues his explanation of the essential principles but in finer detail. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, Total Aikido covers the basic postures and movements with special emphasis on certain key points for perfecting one's technique to achieve maximum effect with the minimum of effort. Demonstrations are provided in a dojo setting, with helpful pointers for avoiding common mistakes. To enable students to develop greater strength and control, they are shown how to increase their speed, shift their center of gravity, and synchronize movements with those of their opponents.
This is an essential work for students of all levels, a treasury of expert information.

 
Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training: Revised Edition
Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training: Revised Edition
by C.M. Shifflett
Paperback from Blue Snake Books
Media Published: 2009-
ISBN: 1583942173

With the number of Aikido dojos in the U.S. estimated at up to 1,000, this Japanese martial art has never been more popular. This revised edition of the best-selling Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training provides an ideal companion for both teachers and students of all Aikido systems. With over 100 illustrations and 300 pages of detailed techniques and exercises, Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training has proved itself as the definitive guide to the "peaceful martial art."
The exercises here are based on hitori waza, the simple building blocks that underlie the most spectacular Aikido throws. These are augmented with testing techniques, class demonstrations, and underlying basics of physics, anatomy, and psychology. The book includes an explanation of the relationships between exercises and throws; an approach for safe mastery of rolling and ukemi skills; the anatomy of wristlocks; useful training equipment; exercises for individual, off-mat practice; and verbal self-defense techniques.
Unlike most Aikido manuals, this one draws from multiple systems (including Aikikai and Yoshinkan Aikido as well as Judo) and many seemingly unrelated topics to enhance understanding of the underlying principles of Aikido. Peppered with humorous anecdotes, creative analogies, and real-life lessons, this is a practical and inspiring guide for all Aikidoists.
 
The Aikido Student Handbook: A Guide to the Philosophy, Spirit, Etiquette and Training Methods of Aikido
The Aikido Student Handbook: A Guide to the Philosophy, Spirit, Etiquette and Training Methods of Aikido
by Greg O'Connor
Paperback from Blue Snake Books
Media Published: 1993-
ISBN: 1883319048

In the past twenty years, the Aikido population has increased tremendously in the United States, primarily because of the vast number of comprehensive American instructors. Greg O'Connor walks the reader through the history and philosophy of aikido. He then, in short chapters peppered with photos and illustrations, answers common questions about etiquette, training methods, and, in general, "what to expect" when practicing aikido.
 
The Secret Teachings of Aikido
The Secret Teachings of Aikido
by Morihei Ueshiba, Moriteru Ueshiba
Hardcover from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 4770030304

Aikido evolved from the rich martial traditions of Japan, and was developed by Morihei Ueshiba based on their profound philosophies. In this book, the author explains how Aikido is both the spirit of love and the study of that spirit. In unique and incisive language, Ueshiba discusses the arcane aspects of Aikido's aims and techniques, as well as the central importance of breathing, ki (chi), and Aikido's relationship to the spirit and body - these form the very essence of Aikido.
He goes on to consider the virtues of this revered martial art, urging the reader to link to the universe through Aikido, and ultimately to unify the divine and human. He also explains the essence of Takemusu aiki (valorous force of procreation and harmony), and Misogi (the ritual of purifying oneself).
The book includes many rare photos of the author - on both his techniques and his everyday life. Also included are his twenty-five doka (spiritual Japanese-style poems) in Japanese, English, and Romanization. The introduction was written by his grandson, Moriteru Ueshiba, the present Aikido Doshu.
 
Aikido: Basic and Intermediate Studies
Aikido: Basic and Intermediate Studies
by John Litchen
Paperback from Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1412063051

A comprehensive, fully illustrated textbook covering: disturbing balance, connection and harmony, timing and leading, making use of gravity, basic pins and other concepts that can lead to effective Aikido.
 
Best Aikido: The Fundamentals (Illustrated Japanese Classics)
Best Aikido: The Fundamentals (Illustrated Japanese Classics)
by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Moriteru Ueshiba
Hardcover from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 4770027621

At last, the complete and authoritative introduction to all the fundamentals of Aikido, coauthored by the two direct successors to the Founder of the martial art, Morihei Ueshiba. Coauthors Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Moriteru Ueshiba, son and grandson of the Founder, seek to carry on his legacy and to share with the millions of men and women around the world practicing Aikido today the most important techniques and principles of the art.
This book is the quintessential training aid for all Aikido practitioners-whether beginning or advanced-who wish to further their understanding of the forms and spirit of Aikido.
Underlying the forms, or physical techniques, are the spiritual principles of Aikido, which are based on the notion of ki, or "life force." Ki is the fundamental element to understanding Aikido. But as the authors explain, it cannot be learned merely by watching a demonstration or reading a book. Rather, one must come to experience it through practice, in unifying body and mind.
Best Aikido helps guide the practitioner to this goal. It offers step-by-step instruction that will complement knowledge learned in the dojo. The text is illustrated with a wealth of never-before-seen photographs that feature Aikido master Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrating the fundamental techniques of the art.
Best Aikido is authorized by the Aikikai Foundation, the central organization set up by Morihei Ueshiba.

 
Dynamic Aikido (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
Dynamic Aikido (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
by Gozo Shioda
Paperback from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 0870113011

Aikido-a martial art deriving its effectiveness, like judo and karate, from the flow of ki
-- techniques that, when thoroughly mastered, enable the gentle to overcome the strong
-- exercise and sport for men and women of all ages, based on natural movements and harmony of mind and body
Ancient theory, modern practice: Dynamic Aikido brings together the whole spectrum of theoretical and applied aikido. Through it, one can become perfectly attuned to one's opponent, can sense his intentions and turn his movements to one's own advantage. Comprehensive and fully illustrated, Dynamic Aikido presents the basic postures and stances, fundamental techniques and applications: how to cope with a frontal attack, how to avoid an attack from the rear, how to sense and thwart the pickpocket. An essential companion for every beginner, a vital reference for students of all levels.
 
Enter into Aikido
Enter into Aikido
by David Nemeroff
Perfect Paperback from Tate Publishing
ISBN: 1607992728

'Enter Into Aikido' is a great resource for potential students and beginners who want to learn more about the art of Aikido. David Nemeroff covers a wide variety of topics, including what to look for in a school, lineage and legitimacy in the martial arts, dojo etiquette, and what to expect from Aikido training. Additionally, the reader can find information about Aikido's history, philosophical concepts, as well as a description of various styles of Aikido. Personal stories from the author and other Aikido students add insight and interest to the text. 'Enter into Aikido' is an essential guide for any beginner and a valuable reference for aikido-ka of all skill levels.
 
The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemusu Aiki
The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemusu Aiki
by Morihei Ueshiba
Hardcover from Kodansha USA
ISBN: 4770031149

With its message of universal harmony, the martial art of Aikido is attracting an ever-expanding number of followers all around the world. There are now 1,600,000 Aikido practitioners in 90 different countries. The Heart of Aikido: The Philosophy of Takemasu Aiki focuses on the human values and promotion of peace that legendary founder Morihei Ueshiba believed were at Aikido's core. Takemasu Aiki means, "the life-generating force capable of unlimited transformations," an idea that serves as the spiritual foundation on which Aikido rests.
The book, translated into English for the first time, draws on the essence of the founder's philosophy and spirituality, which was based on the Shinto religion. It presents such tenets as: the importance of harmony in the martial arts, the ultimate promotion of peace by dispelling any aggression through such harmony, and the divinity of the true self and the universe.
The Japanese version of the book holds a special place in the hearts of Aikido practitioners; the English-language edition has been eagerly awaited and is sure to be greeted with great excitement.
 
The Aikido Master Course: Best Aikido 2
The Aikido Master Course: Best Aikido 2
by Moriteru Ueshiba
Hardcover from Kodansha International
 
A Book of Five Rings
by Miyamoto Musashi, Victor Harris (Translator)
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The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
by Morihei Ueshiba, John Stevens (Editor)
Paperback: 126 pages
Shambhala Publications; ISBN: 0877738513; (December 1992)

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction
by Adele Westbrook, Oscar Ratti (Contributor)
Hardcover: 375 pages
Charles E Tuttle Co; ISBN: 0804800049;

Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training
by C. M. Shifflett, George Simcox
(Paperback -- January )

Aikido in Everyday Life: Giving in to Get Your Way
by Terry Dobson, et al
(Paperback -- March 1993)

Aikido
by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, et al
(Paperback -- February 1986)

Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido Point of View
by Gaku Homma, et al
(Paperback -- April 1993)

Budo: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
by Morihei Ueshiba, Kisshomaru Ueshiba (Introduction)
(Paperback -- July )

Aikido and the Harmony of Nature
by Mitsugi Saotome
(Paperback -- November 1993)

Dynamic Aikido
by Gozo Shioda, Geoffrey Hamilton (Translator)
(Paperback -- October 1977)

The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
by Morihei Ueshiba, John Stevens (Compiler)
(Paperback -- April )

The Hidden Roots of Aikido: Aiki Jujutsu Daitoryu
by Shiro Omiya
(Hardcover -- March )

The Principles of Aikido
by Mitsugi Saotome, Irene Wellington (Editor)
(Paperback -- July 1989)

The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei
by George Burr Leonard
(Paperback -- June 5, )

Intuitive Body: Aikido As a Clairsentient Practice
by Wendy Palmer
(Paperback -- April )

Invincible Warrior: An Illustrated Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
by John Stevens
Paperback: 272 pages
Shambhala Publications; ISBN: 1570623945; 1 Pbk Ed edition (March )

Budo Training in Aikido
by Morihei Ueshiba
(Paperback -- November )

Complete Aikido: Aikido Kyohan: The Definitive Guide to the Way of Harmony (Tuttle Martial Arts)
by Roy Suenaka, Christopher Watson (Contributor)
Paperback: 416 pages
Charles E Tuttle Co; ISBN: 0804831408; (March )

The Spirit of Aikido
by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Taitetsu Unno (Translator)
(Paperback -- March 1988)
 
 
 

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