Dan's Aikido Books

A Listmania! list by Daniel A. James "dan" (Australia)
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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"
Ki in Daily Life
1.  Ki in Daily Life by Koichi Tohei
The list author says:
  "Tohei's classic book on Ki!"
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Kiatsu
2.  Kiatsu by Koichi Tohei
The list author says:
  "Never really got into Kiatsu, but after reading this and doing a few seminars on the therapy I can see how it is useful."
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Aikido: Coordination of Mind and Body for Self Defence
3.  Aikido: Coordination of Mind and Body for Self Defence by Koichi Tohei
The list author says:
  "My only book of  seeing Tohei Sensei in action, wish I could afford the original What is Aikido book but its megabucks now"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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KI --A Road That Anyone Can Walk
4.  KI --A Road That Anyone Can Walk by William Reed
The list author says:
  "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"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Aikido with Ki
5.  Aikido with Ki by Koretoshi Maruyama
The list author says:
  "My first glimpse of Maruyama sensei in his prime. today he heads Aikido Yushinkai."
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Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons From The Tokyo Riot Police
6.  Angry White Pyjamas: A Scrawny Oxford Poet Takes Lessons From The Tokyo Riot Police by Robert Twigger
The list author says:
  "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"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan
7.  Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan by Dave Lowry
The list author says:
  "Quite the contrast to Twiggers work Daves sentimental journay and quest for old time Japan is a great read, all the more so for my own poor attempts at similar experiences"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Koryu Bujutsu: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan
8.  Koryu Bujutsu: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan by Diane Skoss
The list author says:
  "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"
$17.94   Used & New from: $9.45
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
9.  Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior) by Serge Mol
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Keiko Shokon: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan (Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, 3)
10.  Keiko Shokon: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan (Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, 3) by Diane Skoss
The list author says:
  "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"
$19.76   Used & New from: $5.63
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
11.  On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by Loren W. Christensen
The list author says:
  "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."
$17.18   Used & New from: $12.65
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (445 customer reviews)

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction
12.  Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction by Adele Westbrook
The list author says:
  "The classic text, every aikidoka should have one. While these guys were only shodan when they wrote this ...its definately stood the test of time"
$19.65   Used & New from: $6.49
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

Complete Aikido: Aikido Kyohan-The Definitive Guide to the Way of Harmony (Complete Martial Arts)
13.  Complete Aikido: Aikido Kyohan-The Definitive Guide to the Way of Harmony (Complete Martial Arts) by Roy Suenaka
The list author says:
  "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"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Total Aikido: The Master Course (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
14.  Total Aikido: The Master Course (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior) by Gōzō Shioda
The list author says:
  "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."
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Dueling with O-sensei
15.  Dueling with O-sensei by Ellis Amdur
The list author says:
  "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."
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Small-Circle Jujitsu
16.  Small-Circle Jujitsu by Wally Jay
The list author says:
  "I bought this and then got to attend a seminar run by Wally Jay a short time later. Its like Aikido but in westerners language and with a bit less of the 'loving protection of the attacker'"
$14.45   Used & New from: $3.77
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Dynamic Aikido (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior)
17.  Dynamic Aikido (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior) by Gozo Shioda
The list author says:
  "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"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Old School: Essays on Japanese Martial Traditions
18.  Old School: Essays on Japanese Martial Traditions by Ellis Amdur
The list author says:
  "Got this on back order..stay tuned"
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Tao of Jeet Kune Do
19.  Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
The list author says:
  "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"
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Advanced Pressure Point Fighting of Ryukyu Kempo: Dillman Theory for All Systems Point Fighting
20.  Advanced Pressure Point Fighting of Ryukyu Kempo: Dillman Theory for All Systems Point Fighting by George Dillman
The list author says:
  "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"
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Traditional Aikido: Sword~Stick~Body Arts~Volume 3, Applied Techniques (Volume 3)
21.  Traditional Aikido: Sword~Stick~Body Arts~Volume 3, Applied Techniques (Volume 3) by Morihiro Saito
The list author says:
  "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"
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Black Belt Management
22.  Black Belt Management by John Graden
The list author says:
  "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."
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Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
23.  Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
The list author says:
  "Ok its a theology boook, but there is so much here about the practice of spiritual disciplines that overlap with the practice of aikido, that its some food for thought in a western language context."
$17.02   Used & New from: $0.74
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)

Invincible Warrior: A Pictorial Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido
24.  Invincible Warrior: A Pictorial Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido by John Stevens
The list author says:
  "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)"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Art of Peace
25.  The Art of Peace by John Stevens
The list author says:
  "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"
$6.15   Used & New from: $2.26
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

The Hidden Roots of Aikido: Aiki Jujutsu Daitoryu - Secret Techniques of an Ancient Martial Art
26.  The Hidden Roots of Aikido: Aiki Jujutsu Daitoryu - Secret Techniques of an Ancient Martial Art by Shiro Omiya
The list author says:
  "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"
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Human Instinct: How Our Primeval Impulses Shape Our Modern Lives
27.  Human Instinct: How Our Primeval Impulses Shape Our Modern Lives by Robert M. L. Winston
The list author says:
  "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"
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