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.
Aikido in Daily Life
Aikido in Daily Life
by Koichi ToheiKoichi Tohei was leading Hombu Dojo and the spread of aikido in the world together with Kisshomaru Ueshiba, before leaving to form his Ki Society. In 1966, while still in Hombu and the Aikikai, he wrote this charming book about aikido, ki and everyday living. It was reprinted many times, and it was worth it - his writing here is modest, pensive and delightful.
If I remember correctly, this was the very first aikido book I bought, although imported literature cost a fortune in those days. I never regretted it. Tohei's friendly advice on how to exercise one's ki and relate to life in general was eye-opening, to a large extent exactly because of his benevolent attitude. The reading experience was as pleasant as with, say, Winnie the Pooh or The Little Prince.
Ki in Daily LifeUpon leaving Aikikai to form his own organization of ki-aikido, Koichi Tohei wrote several books about ki applications - in aikido as well as outside of it. Among them was a new version of his old book's theme, this time called Ki in Daily Life. Strangely, because of his focus on the subject of ki, after his departure from the Aikikai many of the other instructors seemed to shun the subject - although it was definitely essential in Osensei's aikido. Fortunately, Tohei's treatment of ki is adequate and accessible through his books.
My other reviewsI've reviewed some other books about aikido and related topics.