I'm a Swedish writer and aikido instructor, 6 dan Aikikai Shihan, former Vice Chairman of the International Aikido Federation. I've practiced aikido since 1972. I also teach the sword art iaido. Here's my budo bio.
by Stefan Stenudd. The aikibatto sword and staff exercises for aikido students explained, with practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, equipment for training, and more. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd. The life energy qi (also chi or ki), with exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, by John StevensJohn Stevens, who lived for many years in Japan and practiced mostly for the old nobleman Shirata Rinjiro, has written a very readable biography of Osensei's life and deeds, including many pictures and picturesque anecdotes - some of which have been questioned, especially by those who are convinced they know better.
A biography of someone as legendary as Osensei is almost impossible to keep factual, especially since all his students were so amazed by him. John Stevens also got carried away, occasionally. That's obvious in the book, but without that fascination it would not be a fair portrait of Osensei.
So, although much in this biography is not to be taken literally, it offers a wonderful story about a wonderful man.
Pictorial Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, by John StevensLater on, John Stevens made a new version of his Osensei biography, called Invincible Warrior - A Pictorial Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido. I's a somewhat polished version with additional photos and texts, but I sort of miss the excited naivety of the original version. Still, it contains some new material of interest to those who want to learn about Osensei in great detail.
My other reviewsI've reviewed some other books about aikido and related topics.