The list author says: "Books Dan has read and recommends highly (or not)! he has been practicing aikido since the 90's with dan grades in 2 styles and dabbling in others, stays current through regular practice, teaching and is something of a seminar junkie. Professionally he is a sports engineer working in the elite athlete commmunity"
"Will Reed has lived in Japan for so long that he speaks and writes Japanese better than the Japanese. After spending many years with Tohei Sensei he wrote this book. Ki is quite complex and this book quite helpful. I enjoyed his other book , Ki a Practical guide for Westerners more though"
"Loved this book, Robert a new comer to the martial arts community jumps in boots and all doing the Tokyo riot police course 1 yr intensive. He gives it the 'Bill Bryson' treatment. The book caused quite some contravesy in the aikido community and if you go to Amazon you can read what other participants in the 'hell course' though about what he wrote"
"Awesome collection of essays, some more scholarly than others that really help the understanding of what the real ancient arts of Japan were about and bursting a few fantasy bubbles along the way, there ar e 3 volumes in total"
"Great historical treatment of the arts of Japan. I guess we have the arts and lineages up on a pedestal. This book helps clarify some of the processes and some of the myths. It was a great gift from a friend. Got a little koan from it (about being attacked and held while holding a weapon) that gave me some nice insights into origins of aikido techniques."
"Awesome collection of essays(part of the 3 volume set mentioned earlier), some more scholarly than others that really help the understanding of what the real ancient arts of Japan were about and bursting a few fantasy bubbles along the way"
"The bodies physiology under stress, this book is a fascinating introduction to this topic. t killed a few sacred cows about the reality of martial arts training, confirmed a few of the methods and got a little opiniated along the way. But a great read and highly recommend it to any black belt who thinks they can walk the walk."
"Having come from a Ki Society background, I found the first half of the book about the origins of Suenaka Sensei's aikido career a fascinating insight into Tohei sensei leaving the Aikikai to form his own organisation"
"Shioda sensei of the Yoshinkan schools major work (well there is another) i enjoyed the precision and clarity of explanation. Its different to other schools but the clear explanations give nice insights."
"The first half of this book was great food for thought and recommend it to any senior student. The second half was just a little opinionated for my liking (probably because i didn't agree). Having said that its refreshing to have an author express their opinions in this way and if it I don't agree with them they are helpful in forming my own."
"My first aikido book bought way back when, oops i was in Ki Society back then and my instructor not so impressed. Done a bit of Yoshinkan now so its OK. I liked the self defence examples in the back of the book"
"More like a collection of saying, scribbled notes and line drawings. Plenty of good stuff hiding in there. While it probably won't make you Brice Lee it'll give you a broader understanding of Martial arts"
"I went to a Dillman preassure point seminar some years back. Great stuff but a bit nasty (sometimes we like that). What was most interesting to me was that many of the preassure points and target sequences were built into Aikido techniques. So while i wouldn't rely on them, they are a nice bit of spice. There is a scientific basis for this stuff but not in this book"
"Actually its a 6 volume set and rare as hens teeth now. Saito was something of a historian of O'Sensei's technique - particularly the weapons. Formed the basis of my lunch time weapons class (in addition to my own schools stuff). Detailed enough to remind you of what you have learn't elsewhere"
"Just a few years ago i ended up running a dojo. This book gave me a lot of ideas - some were so commercial that they made me angry, others were simple things to help run the dojo a lot better. Well the dojo grew to be quite large and i think the book helped...as did enthuastic dojo members."
"An interesting history of Ueshiba. It takes many of the legends and amazing feats at face value, some are hard to swallow esp. when i have heard personal accounts from his students that suggest otherwise)"
"Great little book of sayings/koans from the founder. Early in my aikido career i thought they were nice things to read. A bit later on i discovered that some have some really deep teachings for the pracice of Aikido - Hiden teachings some might say"
"Daito Ryu is the art O'Sensei studied extensively (and received formal scrolls in) before forming aikido. This book is a window into that art. The practice method is quite different but forms a great different viewpoint of aikido. Now having learnt DaitoRyu from a qualified teacher the books starts to make even more sense"
"Great book for understanding how our behaviours, particularly under stress come about from our biological origins. Its not nerves, fear or cowardice its how we coped with lions on the savanah plains of africa. This is just a sideline and nots the books main thrust but interesting for aikidoka I think"