Joe Sweeney (Shinken) wrote:
If you find yourself questioning the martial ability of aikido (thinking maybe what you want is actually aikijujitsu), I encourage you (and everyone!) to buy Gozo Shioda's book Aikido Shugyo, which was just published in English for the first time. It shows you how to approach your aikido training keeping in mind the martial reality of the training. Lots of great combat stories too!
I second that. Great book! Shioda Talks the Talk and Walks the Walk.