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Old 12-15-2001, 12:25 AM   #1
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Light reading?

What's the Aikido book that most influenced you or was the most help to your training?
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Old 12-15-2001, 10:44 AM   #2
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Hello Adam,

My all-time favourite is late Doshu's Kisshomaru Ueshiba book "Aikido", as well as "The spirit of Aikido" by the Doshu also. The second does not have technical content but explains the philosophy behind Aikido and Osensei's position regarding many subjects. reding the spirit of aikido will make you a better person, not only a better Aikidoka, and I recommend it to all.

In order to remember my Jo 13 and 31 katas, I always use Christian Tessier book "Aiki-Jo" which is a great book, but unfortunately it's in french only.

I am still looking myself for a good book about Aiki-Bokken.

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Old 12-17-2001, 12:46 AM   #3
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Post Words, words, words

Originally posted by Edward
...I am still looking myself for a good book about Aiki-Bokken.

This isn't about Aiki-Bokken, but you may still find it interesting.
Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword

The most influential book and the book that's most helped me in my training is the next book I'm going to read.

Actually, I'm ordering "The way to union with Ki" (Ki ni Gassuru no Michi) by Koichi Tohei. This was printed through private subscription and is not publicly available. It will cost me about $200 USD for one copy. Those who already have a copy say it is worth it.

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Old 12-20-2001, 04:21 AM   #4
Dojo: Aiki Shoshinkan, Aiki Kenkyukai
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I like Aikido and the New Warrior for inspirational aikido stories and anecdotes.

Aikido in everyday life for the application of aikido in how we interact with people and situation.

And lastly my favourite book so far, but its not exactly aikido... Moving towards stillness by Dave Lowry. Great book towards understanding something about budo.

Draw strength from stillness. Learn to act without acting. And never underestimate a samurai cat.
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Old 12-20-2001, 04:56 AM   #5
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since we're talking about book, has anyone ever heard/read the book titled "Ishido" by O-sensei?
what is it actually about? i heard it from a friend, tried to search in amazon n the net but couldn't find any info.
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Old 12-30-2001, 04:42 AM   #6
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I really enjoyed "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" , it's offer a bit of all , a brief definiton/introduction of the art , miscelanous info like dojo etiquette (very useful for a real begginer to MA like me ), then it goes to describing the technical aspects of the art (from warm-up exercises to actual single and multi-attacker techniques) , and finally a interesting conclussion about the practice itself.

I certainly recommend u to take a look on this book , it's doesn't have any photos on it , but the hand-made drawings are pretty illustratives.

Hope it helps..
Ottoniel Ojeda

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Old 12-30-2001, 12:29 PM   #7
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A Good Read

Good day to all,
One of my most favorite aikido books and books of all time is Aikido:Life Lessons From an American Sensei by George Leonard. It's pointed twards non-aikidokas but is just as fruitful, if not more, for one who does practice aikido. It explains aikido's principles that effect daily life with personal examples and observations of George Leonard himself. A really good book; I love it and I would strongly recommend it to anyone. Until next time,

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Old 12-30-2001, 01:24 PM   #8
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I would have to say the Dave Lowery's "Autumn Lightning" had the biggest impact because without it I probably would not have been seeking the budo to have found aikido.

Although I am a big fan of his writing, I am not terribly impressed with either his Bokken or Jo books. In my copies of both books the images are rather grainy and gray, and are thus hard to follow. Maybe I just need a real live sensei to understand technique.
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Old 01-04-2002, 12:32 PM   #9
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Re: Light reading?

Originally posted by abarnhar
What's the Aikido book that most influenced you or was the most help to your training?
Hmm. Aikido-wise ... it'd have to be the Shirata/Stevens book _Aikido: The Way of Harmony_. To be perfectly blunt, I tend to steer away from Stevens' work generally, but found this one a powerful and direct read with excellent photos and text.

EVERYBODY reads _Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere_, I think. And they ought to. It's a good book, despite the lapses in research and fact. However, given what the authors DID have access to, it was well done. And the art, of course, is priceless. Their _Secrets of the Samurai_ is similarly lacking in some areas, but is still a nice beginner-level overview of Japanese budo.

I truly and deeply enjoyed most of Gaku Homma's books, but found the last one (I think is was the last) _Foundations of Aikido_? Hard to follow and visually annoying.

The (fairly) recent translation of _Budo Training in Aikido_ was GREAT! Loved the illustrations and the doka! Of course, this was about Daito Ryu jujutsu and not aikido so some folks might hedge on that one a bit ...

I also highly recommend my dear friend Carol Shifflett's books _Aikido Exercises for Teaching and Training_ and _Ki in Aikido_. As a non-aiki-fruity type (Hi Jon!), I found her approach to Ki refreshing. And HEY! I'm in 'em!

One of my first and still most fave aikido books is Shioda's _Dynamic Aikido_.

Aside from strictly aikido books, I always recommend:

Kano's _Judo_ (which contains a LOT of aikido if you read it carefully)

Sato's translation of _Sword and the Mind_

Diane Skoss' _Koryu Bujutsu_ and _Sword and Spirit_

Karl Friday's _Legacies of the Sword_ (We're working on getting him here in Indy in late May for a seminar by the way!)

EJ Harrison's _Fighting Spirit of Japan_

And a whole slew of others. I've been promising to put my dojo reading list on the web for a while. Sigh. I guess I'll have to try to squeeze that in.


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Old 01-04-2002, 02:30 PM   #10
Greg Jennings
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Morihiro Saito's Traditional Aikido and Takemusu Aikido series.

The former is very hard to find. The latter is available from http://www.aikidojournal.com/ .

They are the only books I regularly use for technical guidance.


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