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Old 03-18-2001, 07:45 AM   #1
carlin
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What are your favorite aikido books? The only one I own is Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere. I am new to aikido training but I have followed many threads on aikiweb, aikidofaq, etc. I am most interested in books that describe techniques and explain philosophy and that might skip past the basic FAQ info on aikido. Thanks for your time.

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Old 03-18-2001, 08:25 AM   #2
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books

total aikido-gozo shioda
dynamic aikido-gozo shioda


Good novel to read ''Angry White Pyjamas'' by Robert Twigger.

ummm oh yeah

''Training with the master''
compilation of photos of training with osensei. That book is fantastic;.


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Old 03-18-2001, 08:51 AM   #3
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Great Book

I highly recommend "The Blackbelt Master Course in Nihon Goshin Aikido," recently out by Sensei Walter Kopitov and Frank Bowers. NGA is a derivative of Daito-Ryu and not directly from Ueshiba. This book shows many techniques and applications, without trailing off into mysticism/religion. Great for anyone interested in sister arts to Ueshiba's aikido.

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Old 03-18-2001, 09:51 AM   #4
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I like "Complete Aikido" By Suenaka and Watson, "Angry White Pajamas" by Twigger, and "The Essence of Aikido" By Ueshiba/Stevens was good because of the pictures and the listing of O'sensei's doka. Non-aikido but budo/japan related books that I enjoy are Shibumi by Trevanian, The Master of Go by Kawabata, the Ha Gakure by Tsunetomo, Bushido: The Warrior's Code by Nitobe, and The Way of Chuang Tzu by Merton, though the last one may be hard to find-- I borrowed my dad's copy that's copyrighted 1967... an excellent book, though...

I'll come up with more when I get home...

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Old 03-18-2001, 10:54 AM   #5
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All excellent...
Living Aikido by Bruce Klickstein.
...Whatever happened to him?

And the best...
It's a lot like dancing by Terry Dobson

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Old 03-18-2001, 12:04 PM   #6
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FAVORITE AIKIDO BOOKS?

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carlin wrote:
What are your favorite aikido books?
Mike Carlin
KAMI : My personal favorites are :
a) "AIKIDO AND THE HARMONY OF NATURE", by Mitsugi Saotome;
b) "DUELING WITH O-SENSEI", by Ellis Amdur;
c) "SECRETS OF AIKIDO", by John Stevens(even if not to be trusted on historical facts); and
d) "JUDO AND AIKIDO", by Kenji Tomiki.
FWIW

"We are all teachers, and what we teach is what we need to learn, and so we teach it over and over again until we learn it".
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Old 03-18-2001, 04:26 PM   #7
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My favorites and the only ones I have bought so far are:
The Spirit of Aikido, Kishomaru Ueshiba
Budo, Morihei Ueshiba
The Essence of Aikido, M. Ueshiba compiled by J. Stevens.

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Old 03-18-2001, 06:50 PM   #8
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Quote:
carlin wrote:
What are your favorite aikido books? The only one I own is Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere. I am new to aikido training but I have followed many threads on aikiweb, aikidofaq, etc. I am most interested in books that describe techniques and explain philosophy and that might skip past the basic FAQ info on aikido. Thanks for your time.

Mike Carlin
IMHO, you can't do any better than Saito Shihan's "Takemusu Aikido" series. They break down all the fundamental techniques into basic movements that are easy to learn. They are available at http://www.aikidojournal.com/

They are especially good if used in conjunction with the old Firelight Films videos of Saito Shihan's seminars from back in the 80's. They are available at http://www.aiki.com/

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Greg Jennings
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Old 03-18-2001, 07:04 PM   #9
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Living Aikido by Bruce Klickstein.
...Whatever happened to him?
He's not in Aikido any more. A sad story...

Regards,

Greg Jennings
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Old 03-18-2001, 08:51 PM   #10
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The first aikido books I had (and still my favorites)were:

1. Aikido, by K. Ueshiba
2. Dynamic Aikido, by Gozo Shioda

I also value:

3. Aikido: The way of Harmony, by Stevens & R. Shirata
4. The Spirit of Aikido, by K. Ueshiba
5. Aikido and the Harmony of Nature, by M. Saotome.
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Old 03-19-2001, 07:45 AM   #11
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The one book that I think everyone-Aikidoka or not- should read is Aikido in Everyday Life by Terry Dobson.

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Old 03-20-2001, 06:14 AM   #12
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I think 'Total Aikido' by Gozo Shioda is a superb book. The quality of the presentation, and the quality of aikido are the best I have seen, although I have to admit I find I have little choice at the local bookshop. I'd love to find a tomiki book of the same quality - anyone out there know of one?

A recommendation for all those tomiki thugs out there. An invaluble randori trainig aid - 'Judo Training methods' by Takahiko Ishikawa and Donn Draeger. Not a book about Judo really, but and insightful guide to event preparation and speed and power building through weight-free exercise.
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Old 03-20-2001, 09:12 AM   #13
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Ai symbol

I would recomend A pictoral Biography of Morihei Uesiba by John stevens. It is not in depth to aikido but it is very entertaining to read about o'seneis exploits.

Dan Hulley
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Old 03-20-2001, 09:20 AM   #14
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I thought "living aikido" by bruce klickstein and "dynamic aikido" by yoshinkan style founder gozo shioda were both very good technical aikido books. And also if you study Tomiki aikido, dr. lee ah loi's book of tomiki aikido, koryu no kata and randori no kata is very good although if you live in the states you may have trouble obtaining a copy.

Paul
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Old 03-20-2001, 02:36 PM   #15
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Although relatively unknown, probably one of the most helpful books I've ever read was "Precepts of the Martial Artist" by Walter Muryasz.

It was first published by Torrey Pines Aiki Press in San Diego in 1984. It was revised in 1991 and 1992.
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Old 03-21-2001, 11:31 AM   #16
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Thanks very much for this wide variety of books! I appreciate hearing from so many different perspectives. I'd like to add one more book to the list: Aikido: Exercises for Teaching and Training, by C.M. Shifflet. The author comes from a Ki Society background, but includes viewpoints from many other styles. Thanks for the suggestions, and keep 'em coming!
Mike Carlin
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Old 03-21-2001, 12:02 PM   #17
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Here's another one to check out:

"The Magic of Conflict" by Thomans Crum.

-Drew Ames
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Old 03-23-2001, 12:33 AM   #18
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Apart from the ones already listed, I think Koichi Tohei's "Aikido" is a good one.
However, nothing can beat Dynamic Sphere.

Avoid rather than Check,
Check rather than Hurt,
Hurt rather than Maim,
Maim rather than Kill
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Old 03-30-2001, 11:34 AM   #19
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Ellis Amdur's book

I took a look at Ellis Amdur's site about his book, "Dueling with O-Sensei," and I saw the review written on this site. For those who have the book, what do you think of it?
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Old 08-17-2001, 11:58 AM   #20
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Mike,

I'd recommend the book Dueling With O Sensei. It is a very down to earth set of stories. Each chapter was a separate essay, but they were connected in a good order. He examines different aspects of aikido from a pretty unique perspective.

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is difficult to describe," Mencius replied. -- Mencius IIA2

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Old 08-17-2001, 12:20 PM   #21
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I just got the book "Structure of Aikido" by Gaku Homma. Excellent stuff, especially if you are interested in the relationship between aikido
taijutsu techniques and sword techniques.

It's the first volume in a three-part series. However, I think it's the only one that's been published so far.

=wl
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Old 08-17-2001, 01:20 PM   #22
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Quote:
Originally posted by Steve Speicher
Mike,

I'd recommend the book Dueling With O Sensei. It is a very down to earth set of stories. Each chapter was a separate essay, but they were connected in a good order. He examines different aspects of aikido from a pretty unique perspective.
Second that!
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Old 08-17-2001, 02:14 PM   #23
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Originally posted by mj
All excellent...
Living Aikido by Bruce Klickstein.
...Whatever happened to him?
He caused a stink by carrying on with some of his underage female students.

One hears it in different ways.

Sometimes it's that he was just stupid enough to date underage females that were his students.

Other times it's much worse. That he physically abused the female students who didn't "get with the program".

I heard once recently that he'd resurfaced and taught a class or two far away from his former stomping grounds.

One a much better note:

I really like Morihiro Saito Shihan's new "Takemusu Aikido" series.

Best Regards,

Greg Jennings
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Old 08-17-2001, 03:10 PM   #24
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Quote:
Originally posted by Greg Jennings
He caused a stink by carrying on with some of his underage female students.

One hears it in different ways.

Sometimes it's that he was just stupid enough to date underage females that were his students.

Other times it's much worse. That he physically abused the female students who didn't "get with the program".

I heard once recently that he'd resurfaced and taught a class or two far away from his former stomping grounds.
Dueling with O'Sensei goes into this with a fair amount of detail.

Quote:
I really like Morihiro Saito Shihan's new "Takemusu Aikido" series.
I picked #5 up recently and I have to agree it's a good book.
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Old 08-19-2001, 08:46 AM   #25
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My favorite is Budo by Osensei, it has to be.
If not Aikido then my second favorite is Gorinnosho (The book of five rings) by Musashi.

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