Aikido Books Review
Recommended Reading!

Aikido Health Centre's essential Aikido books reading review. If you wish to purchase any of them, at a discounted price click the amazon links below.

Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, the founder of aikido, was always reading books and studying religious texts in his search for enlightenment.

We recommend that you do too... Happy Reading :)

Budo - Teachings of the Founder
of Aikido By Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei 

Budo outlines the teachings and techniques of the founder of aikido.

Written in 1938, it contains 132 pages with 440 black and white photos, and an introductory chapter chronicling Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei's life and times.

It should be the first book all practitioners should have. An invaluable guide to the spiritual depths of the arts. Master Morihei Ueshiba preferred teaching his students directly and left few writings regarding his martial arts philosophy. 

Aikido - The Co-ordination of Mind
and Body for Self Defence By Koichi Tohei

Written with the authorisation of Morihei Ueshiba, this book is the definitive guide behind the art and describes the 50 basic techniques. An excellent book for beginners, and a great reference material.

A book by Master Koichi Tohei (first to receive 10th Dan by the Aikido founder) explains some of the key notes in aikido and demonstrates martial techniques.

The Spirit of Aikido
by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the son of the founder of modern aikido and an authority, illustrates the basic aikido movements and explains the central philosophy of unity of mind and body with the universe.

Essential reading with a well written overview of Aikido. Including insightful chapters about Aikido philosophy and ideas, that encourage thinking.

Aikido Complete Basic Techniques
by Gozo Shioda and Yasuhisa Shioda

Demonstrates how the Basic Exercises that comprise the core teaching in Aikido will develop physical focus and teach the student how to harness that focus for wider practical applications and self defence.

Practitioners will find this book an invaluable study resource, and discover they will gain a desire to improve themselves.

It includes almost all of the most important basic throws, is valuable both as a study aid to practice and as a collection of reference material.

Enlightenment Through Aikido
by Kanshu Sunadomari

A collection of short essays written by Kanshu Sunadomari between 1992-1999. Sunadomari Sensei was a direct live-in student of the Aikido Founder before the beginning of World War II and has practiced and taught aikido for 60+ years.

The essays compiled in this book contain quotes from the Founder, as well as personal interpretations of the Founders teachings by the author...

one of my personal favourites!

Secrets of Aikido Books 
by John Stevens

Aikido harmonizes the body and spirit with natural forces and universal laws. This aikido book explores the hidden secrets and spiritual aspects of the art.

It covers the Tantric dimension of Kototama, the Aikido science of sound, the six spiritual pillars of Aikido, practices for purification, and breathing techniques.

Art of Peace
by Morihei Ueshiba

Essential wisdom and sayings from Ueshiba's writings, poems & calligraphy. Including some deeper meanings of his words, that help to open your mind.

He was totally in control of his life and destiny and this book is full of quotes and short poems that he based his life upon. A book for anybody and everybody.

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